WWE Fans Should Be Cheering for Cena Over the Rock: Fan’s Opinion

Cena vs. The Rock

As every WWE fan knows, John Cena will be facing The Rock at Wrestlemania 28. Love him or hate him, Cena is certainly the top WWE wrestler today. While The Rock never quite surpassed Steve Austin in the WWE pecking order, The Rock was certainly one of the top stars on the WWE roster 10 years ago. Now that The Rock is back in the WWE on a part-time basis, WWE fans are making it clear they will be cheering for The Rock at Wrestlemania.

I have been a wrestling fan my whole life and I have never seen anything quite like the mixed reaction that Cena has been receiving from WWE fans for several years. At times, WWE fans have given a wrestler a mixed reaction while he was transitioning from "heel" to "babyface" (or vice versa). However, Cena has gotten this bizarre reaction from the WWE faithful in every city (including his hometown) for several years while playing the same role.

Part of the problem with Cena is the fact that he has played the same role for years. While many WWE fans have grown weary of his act, they need to realize that Cena is not the one making the decisions about his character. I have been waiting for Cena to turn heel for years now and stick it to all the WWE fans who have been booing him. This is what Hulk Hogan did in 1996 and look at what it did for his career and the nWo.

However, I suspect that the reason why the WWE has not changed Cena's character is that he is still very popular with young WWE fans. I attend every WWE event in New Orleans and I can tell you from personal experience that most kids 12-and-under are decked out in Cena gear. The WWE is reluctant to kill this goose that lays golden eggs. While others such as CM Punk are more popular with older fans, Cena remains a cash cow with younger WWE fans.

Having said this, WWE fans are not sheep. Many times in the past, they have gone against the grain and cheered for the "wrong" WWE wrestler. That is exactly what should be happening right now with Cena and The Rock. I can think of at least a dozen reasons why I prefer Cena to The Rock. Number one on that list is the fact that Cena has been busting his rear end for WWE fans for years while The Rock has been living a charmed life in Hollywood.

Granted his movies aren't as good as The Rock's, but Cena still showed up on Raw and the WWE pay-per-views while he was filming movies unlike The Rock. Now that he is back, The Rock is still not showing up on television on a regular basis. I hated the taped vignettes that The Rock sent to Raw early in his feud with Cena instead of showing up personally. Then The Rock attacked Cena for no good reason following Survivor Series.

Like most WWE fans, I have also grown weary of Cena's character. However, I have exponentially more respect for Cena than The Rock. I can't wait for Wrestlemania and I hope that either Cena turns heel and beats The Rock senseless or that Cena beats The Rock cleanly. But if The Rock beats Cena to a chorus of cheers from the WWE universe, it will make me sick.

Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling organization was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time is the nWo and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper.


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Updated Friday, Nov 25, 2011