HOW MANY OF YOU LIKE JOHN CENA AND WWF?
• United States
8 Nov 06
OK, I agree Cena gets a huge pop from mainly the 12-14 yr old segment of fans, and from women who think he's cute, but honestly, is he the only wrestler in the WWE who deserves the highest title the company has to offer? The belt he holds is the Original WWF World Heavyweight belt held by such greats as Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker, and Bret Hart. all of them worked 15 years or more in the industry, starting in the saturday night sweatshop indy circuit, before they were allowed to hold that belt. So when I see a relative newcomer to the industry get the belt then lose it, and automatically be the only #1 contender right away? It makes me sick for the guys who have actually worked their butts off for the business and still have never been given the strap, and this guy is like the Golden child...he really only has 6 moves, the FU is nothing more than a fireman slam, which honestly, as wrestling moves go, is not convincing enough to be a finisher. What he does do well is cut a promo. But cutting a good promo isn't enough to justify his meteoric rise through WWE. I guess I feel so strongly because I spent a good part of 5 yrs in the industry, starting out setting up the ring in high school gyms throughout west Tennessee every Saturday night for no pay, then dismantling it after each show. I moved up to event staff, and became friends with just about all the wrestlers and higher ups in the promotion, including such legends as Moondog Spot (RIP Larry), Handsome Jimmy Valiant, and Jerry "The KIng" Lawler. I was offered a position as a referee and in order to do so had to be trained as a wrestler (refs take bumps too). A year later when that promotion folded, my brother-in-law was a wrestler, and he joined with a new start up federation and asked if I wanted to be his opponent on opening night. I accepted and we had one heck of a hardcore match that night. I realized right then and there what those guys went thru for years before ever even getting the invite to try out for "Vince's Circus" and I also realized that it was not something I wante dto do with the rest of my life. The physical risks are high even though they are highly trained athletes, and the rewards for the most part are very low unless you are one of the exceptional very few who ever get noticed. Most of them live out of their cars, working shows in Wal-mart parking lots, high school gyms and even bars all of their lives without ever seeing as much as the camera of a local news crew. I have a huge amount of respect for those who bled, broke bones, suffered concussions, and put their bodies on the line every night for years before getting a shot at the big time. So I really don't agree with hiring someone onto the biggest stage of this business and just handing him the highest honor repeatedly because he can rap, and make 14 yr old girls giggle with excitement.