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Mick Foley Shares His Thoughts on John Cena, Bray Wyatt and Last Night’s RAW Segment

– WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley posted the following on Facebook with thoughts on the John Cena character and his feud with Bray Wyatt:


How good was that ‪#‎BrayWyatt‬/children’s choir creepy sing-along last night on ‪#‎RAW‬? So good that I wish I’d thought of it back during my original ‪#‎WWE‬ feud with The Undertaker. I have become a HUGE Bray Wyatt fan, and consider any comparison between Bray and anything I did in my career as a big compliment.

As many of you know, I have also been a vocal supporter of John Cena. I genuinely like John as a person, and have defended him many times as a wrestler. It’s easy to defend Cena against the looping haymakers thrown by most detractors: he can’t wrestle, he has only three moves, he’s been carried by great opponents. But there’s this one knock on Cena for which I have no defense. It’s not a looping haymaker, that can be seen, countered and sent right back at the claimant. No, it’s more like a stiff jab that sneaks through even the best pro-Cena defense. A stiff jab of honesty from which there is no countering, avoiding or evading. A stiff jab that continually states that the Cena character is stale. I agree, It’s time for a change.

Bray Wyatt has a chance to be the initiator of that change. A chance to show the world a different Cena; a desperate, dangerous, angry Cena. He’s half-way there. Cena’s blaming of the WWE Universe for putting him in an impossible situation was a good start. His look of disbelief and defeat as Bray Wyatt gently rocked that mask-wearing child was powerful in its believability and subtlety. But, as good as it was, I could not fully enjoy the brilliant, chilling segment – one of the most memorable things I’ve seen on Raw in tears, because of …because of…because of those WRISTBANDS! Because of those wristbands…and the HAT! Because of those wristbands, and the hat…and the bright green FLOURESCENT SHIRT!

I LIKE John Cena – but everytime he raised his hand and put it to his head last night, I couldn’t help but feel “he’s trying to sell me something”. Every time he waved his cap, I thought, “he’s trying to sell me a hat.” Every time he walks through that curtain, I get the feeling he’s trying to sell me something. I could not, and can not completely enjoy this amazing groundwork that Bray Wyatt is in the process of laying down, unless I’m convinced that it is bringing out a different side…a change.. in John Cena. In order for John Cena to start completely SELLING ME on a change in his character, he’s got to be willing to stop SELLING ME his merchandise every time he raises his hand.

In the short run, it will cost both John Cena and the WWE some money in merchandise. In the long run, its going to give Cena a much needed twist to his character, and more importantly, allow Bray Wyatt to make WWE some serious money by putting butts in seats, and eyeballs in fron of the WWE Network for a long time to come.

That’s change I can believe in.

  • heisenberg

    Just let Bryan slowly take the place Cena is at. What they will lose by changing Cena, they will gain with Bryan and somebody else. Just turn Cesaro face too and push him fard for a while.

  • Shawn OB

    Definitely a good opportunity for Cena to turn heel at least for a little while at some point during his current feud. Wyatt can win Sunday and take Cena away and mysteriously persuade Cena to join his cult group like what happened to Kane and Daniel Bryan.

  • Timothy Davis

    Can’t argue with any of that. Well said Foley. And I enjoy seeing wrestlers wear other wrestlers gear to endorse those they respect and not selfishly parading their neon gear. People are in the arenas and watching tv so they know who their favorite wrestlers are. With all the media resources for WWE everyone knows how to get a damn shirt or wristband haha.

  • drew

    They don’t want to change cena to heel because of his merch sales but I think its a double edged sword. He sells a lot because he has a shirt in everyone’s favorite color. Of corse he sells a lot. I remember that bright yellow CM Punk shirt it sold so well and I constantly see in the stands and he barely wore it.
    Fun colors sells. Let Bryan have the rainbow shirts and give cena a heel turn we all want to see

  • The cow says moo.

    I completely agree to this, John looks like a walking ugly billboard. I miss when wrestlers didn’t always wear there ring gear and merch just too cut a promo in the ring.