Bruno. Steamboat. Hogan. Magnum. Backlund. Rich. Santana. You can keep naming faces until you turn blue. All of them stand for the good of the world. They bask in the cheers of the people and defend the honor of all that is righteous.
But all these great wrestlers have a dark side. Not really a heel side, but a human aspect. When the chips are down, when someone holds them back, they reach down into darkness, throwing caution to the wind at times, and strive to make things right again. Even if it means foresaking the rules, they were willing to turn the other cheek to restore order and exact vengeance. People love to see the good guys win, they love to see good conquer evil. It’s a natural human emotion. It’s why we love when superman defeats lex luthor, why rocky defeating Apollo resonates with the masses, why when magnum t.a. gets his hands on tully blanchard, you know he is out for blood. And therein lies the problem with Cena.
He talks about how he will rise above hate, that he’s better than the anger that takes over everyone else. But no one cares about rising above if there is no expression of anger. People who have been wronged don’t take it with a shit-eating grin. They get angry. They get loud in their promos. They either look angry, or serious, or even stoic. The key: they get emotional. And therein lies the problem with Cena. He’s too goofy. He brushes things off. He lets things slide. I beg for him to attack someone before the bell. I dream of the day he jumps someone on the way to the ring. Maybe actually chokes someone in the ropes. Get disqualified. Gimme something to get emotionally invested.
It just seems Cena misses the chance every single time. Even when he went for the peoples elbow, he looked like he was begging for a laugh. He had a huge chance with nexus and he blew that too. Same with Kane. Bottom line is until he let’s loose he’s never going to have a chance to connect with everyone.