Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New John Cena, Not The Same As Old John Cena

They say that change is inevitable and the W.W.E. has been ripped for a while now for not changing their formula. However, why should they change when last year was their best in terms of revenue and since they don’t have a viable competitor breathing down their neck?

Yet, one thing that has changed is John Cena. I didn’t watch this week's Monday Night Raw, but I did tune in to E.C.W. last night and saw a replay of the John Cena-Chris Jericho confrontation that ended in Cena ripping Jericho apart. This new, intense, no-nonsense attitude of Cena is really good. In some ways it reminds me of how the Road Warriors were; brute force and incredibly dominant all with a take-no-prisoners type of attitude – no surprise then that current Ohio State and future NFL linebacker James Laurinaitis is the son of Road Warrior Animal. Anyway, the Warriors were just too good not to like. The same may happen for Cena. We’ll see.

The John Cena character is never stagnant, evidenced by the fact that he is the new World Champion, with perhaps a new persona to go along with the championship, whle additionally, his return has led to a ratings bounce for Monday Night Raw as reported by the Baltimore Sun's Kevin Eck here.

Speaking of E.C.W...

The show has become a must-watch for me. I’m really high on this Jack Swagger character and although I’m not going to go so far as to say that he is as good as either one of these guys, but to me, he is a cross between former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle and UFC Champ Brock Lesnar.

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