John Cena Off Raw: Studying the Implications of "WWE Bragging Rights"

Smoke And MirrorsContributor IOctober 9, 2009

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 24:  Wrestler John Cena picks up wrestler Randy Orton as wrestler Triple H (R) looks on during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

On the last episode of Raw, a match was added for the latest WWE PPV: Bragging Rights. Randy Orton vs. John Cena yet again. But this time, it will be an "anything goes" Iron Man match for the WWE championship.

If Cena wins, he get's the title. If Orton wins, Cena has to leave Raw.

For the past year, I have noticed that Orton was getting more of a push than Cena—I guess he's the WWE's top guy right now. But Cena has been the poster boy for the WWE since 2005, so (for the WWE) this is not just some ordinary feud.

However, for me (and a lot of the B/R readers, I think) this feud has become boring. It is all we ever get from Raw—either Orton-Cena or Orton-HHH.

But that doesn't change the fact that a lot of "marks" still buy into this feud, and as Cena said "It has become the feud".

So, I have narrowed it down to three possible outcomes after Bragging Rights, and here they are:


1. John Cena Wins and Becomes WWE Champion Again

I do not think this will be a good move. Since the WWE title changed hands last month at "Breaking Point," then a week ago at "Hell in a Cell," changing it for a third straight PPV will really devalue the title and its prestige.

A "good" title reign should last at least five months. But for the past year or so, the WWE has been changing the World titles a lot in a marketing scheme to have the fans believe that "anything can happen in a WWE PPV," thus making them want to buy each PPV to see if a certain title will change hands.

Aside from the ridiculous marketing scheme, I still believe that it is a bad move to change the title again. However, here is what will probably happen if it did:

  • Orton will probably have a non-title feud with Ted DiBiase, who is supposed to turn babyface by the time his new movie will be released.
  • Cena will probably feud with Swagger (who is the only heel I can think of), maybe a babyface-babyface feud with HHH or HBK.


2. Orton Wins, Cena Moves To Smackdown

The WWE is obviously trying its best to have more "star power" on Smackdown, thus moving Batista there. So Smackdown will have another babyface, adding to the other two big babyfaces—Undertaker and Batista, who will probably (and not respectively) feud with Punk, Jericho, and Ziggler.

Where will Edge be when he returns? I don't know.

Orton may feud with DiBiase (but over the title in this case), then move to have a feud with HBK and HHH.


3. Orton Wins, Cena Moves To ECW

This third option is highly unlikely since ECW has always been the "C" show, and the WWE has never attempted to make it seem credible ever since it had RVD and Kurt Angle.


Now in any case, I would never bet against Cena winning, but it seems like he is the backbone of Raw, and without him, there would not be many babyfaces for Orton to feud with.

But on the other hand, they are really trying to add some more "star power" to Smackdown, and by "star power," I mean big, muscular men with no charisma and wrestling skills whatsoever.

So, everyone should comment, saying "What I want to happen," and "What I think will happen."

By "What I want to happen," I mean what outcome of the three I mentioned before you wish would happen.

And by "What I think will happen," I mean what direction you think the WWE creative team will go with.