by Nicholas Halavanja - August 17, 2013
Hello, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nick. I am a 25 year old male from the Pittsburgh area and have been a WWE fan my entire life. I enjoy wrestling and writing, so what better way to put them together than to write opinion columns. I will today I will talk about a topic that I have reflected on a lot lately. Is this the beginning of the end of the John Cena era?
There have been many eras throughout the history of the WWE. Such eras include the Bruno Sammartino era of the 60’s and 70’s, the Hulk Hogan era of the 80’s, the Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels era of the early 90’s, the Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock era of the late 90’s, and most recently, the John Cena era of the past decade. All of these time periods have created their own memories, but eventually, all eras must come to an end. I believe we have about to reach the end of the John Cena era. The question is, is the WWE ready for it?
I believe that the upcoming WWE Championship match at Summerslam between John Cena and Daniel Bryan is the beginning of the end of the John Cena era. John Cena is a record-setting 13 time World Champion, 11 reigns as WWE Champion and two reigns as World Heavyweight Champion. Daniel Bryan is a former World Heavyweight Champion, but has yet to win the WWE Championship. Summerslam is the “now or never” moment for Mr. Bryan. Daniel Bryan has the support of the entire crowd and is more over than any WWE superstar has been in recent memory. If Daniel Bryan leaves Summerslam as the WWE Champion, not only will the majority of the WWE Universe be happy, it could possibly jump start the next era of professional wrestling.
Daniel Bryan is a WRESTLER who has great WRESTLING matches on a weekly basis. Now, I know that the WWE is an ENTERTAINMENT business, but it wants you to believe it is a legit organization of wrestling competition. Daniel Bryan as the WWE Champion will once again put the WRESTLING back into the WWE. This is what the fans want signs show that the WWE will give them what they want, but the question remains, is the WWE prepared of the end of the John Cena era?
John Cena has been the face of the WWE since 2005 and is the most well-known full-time star of the current era. The fact is; John Cena won’t be around forever. He is an 11-year veteran and has done virtually everything there is to do in the WWE. It’s time for younger stars to take the reins and carry the company into the future. This process starts with a Daniel Bryan victory at Summerslam. The thing is John Cena has been made to look invincible. That has harmed the momentum of many WWE superstars. You can have your top star, but without legit competition, there is minimal interest in watching him compete. Daniel Bryan cleanly defeating Cena will make him look like the best wrestler in the WWE today, and will be a “passing of the torch moment.” The WWE will have to adapt to this. People will turn in to see a fresh champion, brining renewed interest to the product. John Cena can come out; show his respect for Bryan, and move on to the “respect veteran role.” Fresh feuds and storylines are what the WWE has lack a lot in recent memories. Daniel Bryan as WWE Champion will be an adjustment, but if booked correctly, could launch the WWE into the future. WWE has shown that they are able to adapt to changes, and I believe they will adapt just fine to this one. Will it happen, I hope so, but only time will tell.
Until next time wrestling fans
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