WWE: Why John Cena Needs to Take a Break

Kevin Germany@@KevinUber1Analyst IIIMay 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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John Cena has accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the WWE during his hallowed career. Cena has been the undisputed face of the company since his victory over JBL at WrestleMania 21. 

For those of you keeping score, John Cena has headlined 46 pay-per-views in the past seven years. 

Simply incredible. 

Twelve world championships plus a Royal Rumble victory is the proverbial icing to the cake of John Cena's storied career. He is an instant first ballot WWE Hall of Fame inductee when he hangs up the jean shorts and the colorful shirts. 

But there is a caveat to all of Cena's accomplishments. 

"Let's go Cena!" "Cena sucks!" Fans chant each and every week on Monday Night Raw with unmatched ferocity. 

The reign of John Cena as the undisputed king of WWE has been largely tumultuous in terms of approval ratings. He is a polarizing figure, as he is either beloved or despised among the vast majority of WWE fans. 

But his value to the company cannot be underestimated. At the end of the day, WWE needs John Cena to headline each pay-per-view and Raw.

This overuse of Cena is a primary reason why he is so hated by some fans. But WWE has no choice but to overpush him given the departures from other stars over the past few years. 

However, John Cena is only a man. WWE should not run him into the ground any further. Cena will run out of gas eventually. The consequences of Cena running out of gas would be catastrophic for the WWE. 

He has not taken a voluntary hiatus from wrestling since 2002. It is true he has filmed movies for WWE films. He has had some serious injuries as well. 

Cena also does countless media appearances to promote WWE events. Plus, Cena grants several Make a Wish foundation wishes for sick children. 

With all this said, is it really worth it for WWE to overuse Cena? Think about it.

Given Cena's drawing power, prolonging his career as long as possible should be WWE's goal. Remember, Cena has had his fair share of injuries over the years. 

Let's look at Chris Jericho, for example. Jericho has wrestled in all sorts of promotions since late 1990. Jericho is 41 years old.

Yet Chris Jericho appears to have plenty of gas in the tank. This can be attributed to Chris Jericho's wise utilization of hiatuses from wrestling. 

John Cena needs to take time off now to prolong his career later. Keep in mind that Cena is no spring chicken at 35 years old.  

Not to mention, he is battling a litany of injuries right now. He needs to heal from his injuries. 

Furthermore, his character on-screen would strongly benefit from some time off. Writing him off of TV can cause fans to appreciate his contributions to Monday Night Raw. 

A feud with John Laurinaitis really won't do much for Cena to win the haters over. Nor will another run with the WWE Championship. Not even relegating him to the mid-card will do it. 

In reality, there is virtually nothing Cena can do to win over his detractors. Turning heel is implausible because he sells way too much merchandise for WWE. 

WWE would be prudent to give him time off now to prolong his drawing power as long as possible. Plus, when Cena does return, fans will appreciate his return. 

Most importantly, the man deserves it for his years of loyal service. Allow him to rest with his family and friends. 

Write him off TV until the Night of Champions pay-per-view in Cena's stomping grounds of Boston. This provides WWE a tremendous opportunity to tweak Cena's character. 

In short, WWE doesn't need John Cena right now as urgently as they needed him in the past. WWE must give him a break already! 


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