On April 9 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, we witnessed the continuation of the battle between John “Superman” Cena and Brock “Doomsday” Lesnar. Was it worth the wait?
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After last week’s Raw ending, which saw Lesnar pull Cena into an F5 after shaking Cena’s hand and left him a broken shell on the canvas – Cena wanted revenge on this week’s Raw. Was he successful? What revenge did he enact on the man who disrespected him the week before?
He slapped Lesnar like he was a street walker who owed him money.
I sat back and thought to myself “Ok. That was rather…silly.” John Cena is the Top Dog at WWE, or so he feels. Even after he was defeated by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at WrestleMania 28, he still found time in his rather childish way to still get a dig on the man who pinned his shoulders to the mat for the three count and got the duke. He is at times, a grown man who just can’t face the fact that, even when he loses, he still must puff his chest out and proclaim himself the champion of champions. The all powerful, all knowing “Superman” that he is just had an off day. Hey it happens…
As a WRESTLING fan, I will always give him the utmost respect for what he does in the ring, although what he does is rather limited. If you can get a crowd to respond, whether it’s by cheering or booing you, you’re doing your job. Cena has fans either cheering him loudly, or booing the roof off. But…he’s doing his job. What I won’t give him credit for, is the sense of entitlement he exudes; as if everyone in the locker room should bow to his greatness.
I thought it was poetic justice for Brock Lesnar to bust his mouth open. Rather comically, he gave Cena a beat down that definitely well overdue. It’s no surprise that the roof of the building blew off after Lesnar tackled Cena – putting to good use the ground and pound techniques learned in the UFC. Fortunately for Cena (and unfortunately for those enjoying it), the locker room came to the rescue and separated the men.
Having the entire locker room empty out to break up their brawl was way over the top. I’d like someone to address why heels such as Alberto Del Rio and The Miz were holding back Cena, while faces Kofi Kingston and others held back Lesnar. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Or was that the point of the segment – that alignment didn’t matter – they just wanted to keep the two from killing each other. Only the locker room can separate Superman from getting his hands on Doomsday? I say, if I wanted to read the Death Of Superman….I’ll just get the comic book.
For the second week in a row, Lesnar stood tall at the end of the show, laying Cena out with yet another F5. For this feud to remain hot, Cena needs to be vulnerable. People need to believe that he truly has met someone who’s talents are beyond his. Lesnar’s not a trash talker, he’s an ass kicker. He’s unlike any other opponent Cena has ever faced. Will this be the feud to finally humble Cena and bring on some much needed character development? We’ll see…