It’s that time of the week where I bring the latest edition of “From Across the Pond” to you here at PWMania.com. Before I get started, I wanna thank @Chocobo_Kid for designing the new banner for my column!
No rambling start from me this week, I’m gonna get right down to it. Earlier today, John Cena tweeted: “In Fort Wayne for #Raw tonight I have an announcement that will make history! Make sure to watch #Raw”. Now, far be it for me to be pessimistic (and I’m sure regular readers will find that hard to believe! Haha), but every time Cena makes one of these “announcements”, it’s more predictable than historic. As far as I can tell there are only really three possibilities for Cena’s “historic announcement”, so let’s run through them.
Option 1: He’s going to issue a challenge to CM Punk for the WWE Title
It’ll be a year ago tonight since CM Punk whipped the WWE Universe into a frenzy with his shoot promo on the state of the WWE. During that entire feud, Punk came out on top and ended up winning the WWE Championship. Although Cena would then win it back, he never actually pinned Punk to regain the title.
Since then, apart from a few rare occasions, Punk and Cena have been kept apart at the top of the Raw brand. Cena’s been feuding with Kane, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, John Laurinaitis and most recently with Big Show. Punk on the other hand has been cementing his legacy as the best wrestler in the world by tangling with Alberto del Rio, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Kane and Daniel Bryan.
My major worry about this feud is that if it comes to fruition, Cena will go over and it’ll end up wasting all the time and effort they’ve put into building Punk as the newest face in the WWE. At the same time, Cena has already run through everyone else that’s “at his level”, so the only logical feud is Punk.
Option 2: He’s going to announce his intention to compete in the Raw Money in the Bank match
If this happens, it will make the Raw MiTB match the most obvious match to call in WWE history. WWE wouldn’t put Cena in a match like that, with men who aren’t as recognisable as he is, without booking him to win it. Cena is such a huge star that he doesn’t need the MiTB briefcase. I’ve always believed that the briefcases should be given to people who the company sees as future main-eventers, which is why I didn’t understand their decision to give it to Kane in 2010.
The Money in the Bank match is designed to create surprise and suspend disbelief. It worked for me when the likes of Edge, Mr Kennedy, CM Punk, Jack Swagger, The Miz and Daniel Bryan won it, but if Cena ends up being entered into this year’s MiTB match, then it’ll become predictable and boring, just like pretty much every other Cena match has been over the last 2-3 years.
Option 3: He’s going to feud with the returning Chris Jericho
After his 30-day suspension for “Flag-Gate”, Chris Jericho has been announced for tonight’s Raw broadcast. Before his suspension, it looked for all the world like he was going to feud with Randy Orton. Then one kick of a flag and a tainted supplement ensured that both men were suspended and out of action. Orton’s suspension still has another 5 weeks to run and he won’t be back anytime soon, so that leaves Jericho short of options.
He could either return and feud with Sheamus, putting the World Champion over like he’s done with Punk over the last few months, or he could walk straight into a program with Cena. Let’s face it, now that the era of “People Power” is over, Cena’s at a loose end. He’s already beaten up the boss and a commentator and run through the rest of the roster, so Jericho could give Cena something to do for a while.
I know we’ve already seen Cena/Jericho countless times before, but like I mentioned earlier, there’s no other established star that Cena can feud with. The likes of Bryan, Ziggler, Rhodes and Barrett are nowhere near Cena’s level in terms of star power, so if they end up feuding with him, nobody would believe they had a chance of winning.
The one thing that makes this suggestion unlikely is the video package that WWE showed about Jericho last week. They showed Jericho & Fozzy performing at the Download Festival in England in front of 70,000 people, which leads me to believe that he might return as a babyface. If that’s true and he does come back with a babyface push, then I doubt we’d see Cena/Jericho again.
So, there we have it. One of those suggestions is more than likely to be the “historic announcement” that John Cena is promoting for tonight’s episode of Raw, but it wouldn’t be as big of a deal as Cena’s claiming it to be. What do you guys think? Is there anything else Cena could talk about tonight that would be historic? Post your comments below!
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It’s time for me to head off this week. Sorry for the shorter column, but I’m pretty burned out right now. I’ll be back next week with the latest “From Across the Pond”, so I’ll see you then! As always, thanks for reading.
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