Pin Me, Pay Me: The John Cena Story

Nick Paglino

John CenaThe Rock beat John Cena in WrestleMania’s main event in a fashion that made Cena look silly. Running into a Rock Bottom while attempting a half-hearted People’s Elbow? Stupid.

Brock Lesnar returned to Raw the next night, laying out – who else? – John Cena.

I’m very curious to see where this goes. WWE took their No. 1 babyface and only legitimate full-time star and made him seem as disposable as a tampon for the sake of two part-timers, including one who doesn’t even like wrestling very much.

OK, so I exaggerated that last part: Actually, Lesnar doesn’t like wrestling AT ALL. Read his book. By all accounts, Lesnar intends to do as little as possible for as much money as possible.

Does Cena eventually rebel, on-screen, against such treatment? Does being a job guy make him “embrace the hate”? If he does, who the FRIG is WWE’s top babyface? Seriously, who?

I give Cena a lot of credit. Throughout his run as a top guy, and especially during these recent shenanigans involving part-timers, he has been a good performer, extremely professional and has done what’s perceived to be best.

Whether it actually is what’s best remains to be seen.

One good thing about Lesnar: Since this is all about the paycheck for him, maybe he’ll subvert his ego and job for Cena.

I thought perhaps Paul Heyman would return to WWE as Lesnar’s on-screen manager. He didn’t, which begs the question: Is Heyman still Lesnar’s off-screen advisor?

Kids, the message is clear: Want to be the crème de la crème when it comes to WWE superstars? Make wrestling your secondary priority and excel at something Vince is a mark for. You won’t have to show up very often, or care very much (if at all). Big cash, lots of prizes!

Business is business, but does loyalty EVER get rewarded?

Who’s Cena going to lay down for next? Maria Menounos?

Actually, that might not be so bad.

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