WWE Hall of Famer Blasts Ronda Rousey For Using Roddy Piper’s Gimmick

WWE Hall of Famer “Superstar” Billy Graham took to his Facebook page to obliterate “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. Graham heavily criticized Rousey’s usage of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s gimmick and went on to shoot hard on her booking in the WWE.

In this long post, Graham went on to call Rousey a “jobber” and a “UFC failure.” He also talked poorly about the scrapped plans of the original finish to Rousey’s match with HHH and Stephanie McMahon in which she would tap HHH out.

Ronda Lousy vs HHHFirst off to the fan who wrote.. " I find Ronda's use of Piper'sgimmick nauseating " You my brother…

Posted by Billy Graham on Monday, April 16, 2018

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Kurt Angle Was Worried About Ronda Rousey

Kurt Angle admitted that he had doubts surrounding Ronda Rousey’s debut at Wrestlemania. It wasn’t regarding her ability to perform at the biggest stage of them all. It was that he had worries if the crowd is going to accept her the right way. In the history of World Wrestling Entertainment, there weren’t many stars that had their debut match scheduled for Mania.

Angle was Ronda’s partner in a tag-team clash against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. A match they dominated from the beginning till the end. Former UFC champion was under a lot of pressure as many fans believed that she’s going to mess something up. But, she proved everyone wrong with a fascinating in-ring performance. With her moves, she brought fans to their feet, and the crowd was cheering her on and stood behind her during the duel.

Kurt Angle was praising her after WM stating that she was on a “seasoned veteran” level. Talking to USA Today, former Olympic Gold Medalist said: “Ronda was able to not only prove a lot of people wrong but, I mean, she stole the show. It was a great structure. Triple H and myself, we structured the match, but it was her that went out there and did it. She performed beyond our expectations.”

Ronda was doubted by fans, but it seemed there was also a shadow of doubt over her coming from her WWE colleagues. But, Kurt Angle played this down by stating: “We..We weren’t nervous that she was going to fail, we were just nervous that maybe the fans wouldn’t take to her the way they did. And they did – they took to her from the beginning, and she just got better as the match went on. Not only with her technique, but her facials, and the way she took her time.”

Ronda Rousey was the one who ended this match with an armbar. The next night on RAW she attacked Stephanie McMahon once again. The WWE has big plans for Rousey, and as it seems now, she will be able to carry them out.

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Kurt Angle Was Surprised By Ronda Rousey’s WrestleMania Performance

She shocked the world. Earlier this month at WrestleMania 34, Ronda Rousey made her in-ring WWE debut in a mixed tag match. The performance was widely praised as one of the best matches of the night and an amazing performance overall. The match featured Rousey teaming with Kurt Angle to face Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a winning effort. It was such an impressive performance that one of the match’s participants was rather taken by surprise.

He should be proud.

In an interview with USA Today, Angle talked about how impressed he was with Rousey, who took to the ring very quickly. Angle goes on to talk about how the match was structured and what he was expecting from Rousey as they came into the match. He also discusses how he reacted to the match and how the fans took to Rousey. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On Rousey Being A Natural Like He Was
I did pick it up very quickly. As a matter of fact, I had my first match on my third day in the business. I didn’t necessarily see Ronda in that light, what I saw was Ronda getting an opportunity where we trained her, for this match, and we didn’t know how it was going to pan out. She knew what she had to do, she knew how the match was supposed to play out, but very seldom do you find a talent that their first match is WrestleMania.

On Rousey Shining On The Grand Stage
I wouldn’t do that to myself. When I was starting out, there’s no way in hell I’d want that opportunity – because there’s no way but down. Ronda was able to not only prove a lot of people wrong, but, I mean, she stole the show.

And On Worries Going Into The Match
It was a great structure. Triple H and myself, we structured the match, but it was her that went out there and did it. She performed beyond our expectations. We… we weren’t nervous that she was going to fail, we were just nervous that maybe the fans wouldn’t take to her the way they did. And they did – they took to her from the beginning, and she just got better as the match went on. Not only with her technique, but her facials, and the way she took her time. She acted like she was a seasoned veteran, and she’s not.

You can read the full interview here.

Forget the match? Here’s our full review.

Opinion: I can’t say I blame Angle, or anyone for that matter, for being a little apprehensive about what the fans might think of Rousey. The WrestleMania crowd is one of the pickiest of the year and if they don’t like you, you’re pretty much done from the start (see also Roman Reigns). Rousey defied expectations and got the fans on her side, which is quite the accomplishment on its own.

What did you think of Rousey’s performance? How far can she go in WWE? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 26 wrestling books. His latest book is the WWE Grab Bag.

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Update On Next Match Plan For Ronda Rousey

As seen on this week’s episode of RAW, former SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya joined RAW and reunited with her friend, Ronda Rousey.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, Natalya is expected to turn on Ronda and the two will then feud and the rivalry will culminate in a big match.

Natalya is being chosen to work with Ronda because they have trained together in the past and Natalya (who an in-ring veteran) has a pretty good idea what Ronda is capable of doing in the ring.

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WWE Hall of Famer Bashes Ronda Rousey in Social Media Diatribe

Since joining WWE, Ronda Rousey has had her fair share of detractors. However, with each appearance she makes, most notably her electrifying performance at WrestleMania 34, she wins over another chunk of haters. But one WWE Hall of Famer remains steadfast in his disdain for the former UFC Champion.

Superstar Billy Graham, who’s never shy about expressing himself, really believes that Ronda Rousey is having a negative effect on the sport of professional wrestling. In a lengthy Facebook rant, the 74-year old took Rousey down for stealing Roddy Piper’s gimmick:

“First off to the fan who wrote, “I find Ronda’s use of Piper’s gimmick nauseating.” You my brother are dead on my man!!! I find it a total insult and absolutely reveals that she does not have an original thought in her head. Damn, can’t she be an original at anything ? This shows you how shallow she is and by the way, I am a fan of females being in the main event. That is why I put up this photo of Amanda Nunes kicking her ass in 48 seconds. She looked pitiful, a TKO in 48 seconds on Dec. 30th, 2016 by Nunes, a real fighter and Rousey just a jobber,” he wrote.

But Graham really got going when he addressed a WrestleMania rumor he heard:

“Speaking of jobbers, I read today a quote by (Dave) Meltzer that shook me to the core, it goes as follows, “There was a rumor going around by WWE officials prior to Mania 34 that Rousey was going to make HHH tap out to her armbar finisher (instead of Stephanie McMahon ) and it appears the company went in the latter direction specifically due to storyline continuity reasons; as Rousey attacked Stephanie’s arm the next night on Raw whereas HHH is not a regular on-screen character and has disappeared for now”

And for his reaction to said rumor:

“WHAT??? Miss Lousy was going to make H tap out ??? This would have been received as well as a cement truck full of pig s–t being dumped on the Mania 34 fans. God folks, what is the WWE thinking??? RR is not a god of some kind but a mere female x UFC failure that got her flat ass kicked twice on the way out. Now this is nauseating. I demand that you fans respond to this crap the WWE is trying to lay on you by even thinking about her making HHH tap out, god this makes me sick.”

There’s no use crying over spilled milk, but there’s even less use getting worked up about something that never happened. Rousey made Stephanie McMahon, not Triple H, tap at WrestleMania 34, so all of Graham’s outrage is moot, to say the least.

It doesn’t sound like Graham will lighten his rigid stance against Rousey, but that’s his loss. In only a handful of appearances, Rousey has already flashed the ability to wow a crowd.

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Ronda Rousey Thanks Natalya For Believing In Her

Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey took to her official Instagram account on Friday to thank Natalya for helping her with pro wrestling training and believing in her.

Rousey, who is good friends with Natalya, made her WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34 earlier this month by teaming up with Kurt Angle to defeat Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. She wrote the following:

“@natbynature showing me how to do the sharpshooter at @santino_bros – back when I was still training in secret before the Royal Rumble, she took the time to fly out just to help, was trustworthy enough to keep my training a secret, and passed along 3rd generation knowledge and experience I’m still clamoring to collect. Thank you for believing in me when I had been dismissed by so many others.”

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WWE Teases Ronda Rousey Vs. Charlotte Flair for WrestleMania 35

We’re a year out from WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, but the WWE is already hinting at one of its potentially headlining matches.

In the latest installment of the WWE YouTube Series “List This!” the company gave a list of five matches they believe fans want to see at the biggest annual show of the year.

The list included a return of WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg for one final match (potentially Braun Strowman), Daniel Bryan getting a shot to become WWE Champion again, Paul Heyman joining the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2019 and Batista returning to the company to avenge his previous two WrestleMania outings at WrestleMania XXVI and WrestleMania XXX.

But the most notable idea presented in the video was former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey taking on Charlotte Flair.

“Ronda Rousey has made her mark in the WWE ring,” the voiceover said. “She wasted no time in setting the tone for her sports entertainment career at WrestleMania 34 when she teamed alongside Kurt Angle against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. But who’s next for “Rowdy Ronda” on the grandest stage of them all? How about Charlotte Flair? The Queen has proven to be the gold standard of the WWE’s women’s division. What would happen if these two Superstars collided?”

The segment ended with a graphic of Rousey and Flair, so it appears the idea for the match is at least being floated around.

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How Ronda Rousey stays in fighting shape

For Ronda Rousey, fitness is her life’s work. Staying in shape is a must for this former UFC fighter and current WWE wrestler. But have you ever wondered how much training goes into a body like Rousey’s? We have too. Luckily, we can provide some answers in this week’s episode of Off Season.

We all know that Rousey is extremely fit, and it’s no surprise that it takes serious dedication to become that strong and healthy, especially when training for a big fight. While in the UFC, Rousey went to a two-month training camp to get in shape before a bout. There, everything from her workouts and her diet to her sleep regimen was extremely controlled.

As for her workouts, Rousey practices judo, spars with a partner, and swims laps. When training for fights, she works out three to six times in a single day (and we complain about having to go to the gym once!). Sometimes her workout sessions last up to four hours. And if you want to try to train like Rousey, expect to burn more than 800 calories an hour of judo alone.

While the athlete trains six days a week, she leaves Sundays for self-care. She makes sure to take time for ice baths, physical therapy, seeing a chiropractor, and focusing on her mental health. A lot of pressure goes into big fights — even for a two-time Olympian!

Rousey is also highly committed to her new WWE role. According to Shape, she takes her diet very seriously and has even gotten blood and hair tests to find out which foods are best for her body. As for cheat meals, that’s a no-go. When she’s got her game face on, don’t expect to see the wrestler eating anything other than organic, healthy foods.

And it looks like whatever she’s doing is seriously working for her. Keep it up, girl!

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5 Times WWE Universe Rejected Roman Reigns

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Over the last few years, we have seen the WWE struggle to push Roman Reigns to the top over and over again.

This is not to say that he isn’t successful or doesn’t have fans, of course, he does. He is one of the top-selling superstars in the WWE, but when he walks out we hear boos more often than not.

Reigns likes to say that it makes him unique because he generates a strong response whether it’s positive or negative, but we have seen this before with superstars like John Cena.

They have spent a lot of time and money building the Big Dog as a character so let’s take a minute to look back at some of Reigns’ most triumphant moments, that didn’t go down well with the WWE Universe.

#1 Roman Wins the 2015 Royal Rumble

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In 2015 Reigns came close to losing the Royal Rumble, but thankfully his “cousin” The Rock came out to save the day and help him win.

The returning hero had surprised everyone and helped Vince McMahon’s latest rising star clinch a huge victory that guaranteed him a spot at Wrestlemania, yet the audience turned on them.

Even The Rock was unable to hide his surprise at how the audience felt about Reigns’ victory.

In truth, it was a confusing finish which led some people to believe that The Rock was technically the last entrant.

This in addition to the fact that people wanted to see Daniel Bryan win and had been turned off from the match from the second that Bryan was eliminated. This victory started was the beginning of the phrase “If Roman Wins We Riot.”

#2 The Big Dog “Retires” the Undertaker

The Undertaker Retiring After Losing To Roman Reigns?

At Wrestlemania 33, Reigns took on the Undertaker to see who runs this yard. The fight was not particularly interesting.

It was not one of Undertaker’s better performances from the last few years and some critics described the fight as a squash match against an old man that just made you feel sad.

After Reigns won, the WWE Universe immediately accepted him and loved him as a new living legend…wait…that didn’t happen.

They rejected him immediately. He came out on Raw to address his victory and the WWE Universe refused to let him speak.

For about eight minutes they wouldn’t stop booing, until he said, “This is my yard,” and walked out to a chorus of boos.

He talked about the weight of being the person to retire the Undertaker, except that it didn’t stick and the Undertaker had came back to fight John Cena already and is committed to more matches. So it doesn’t look like that retirement was permanent.

#3 Rivalry with Braun Strowman

Roman Reigns as he's about to back an ambulance contain Braun Strowman into a production truck.

Braun Strowman is one of the strongest men in the world. Though his initial push wasn’t great, they always showed him to be a huge threat.

He really started to come into his character after the Superstar Draft split him from the rest of the Wyatt Family and he started doing Squash matches.

For months they built him up against Jobbers, Kalisto, and Sami Zayn, but no real competition like he demanded.

Finally, they put him against Reigns and the result was…frustrating.

It’s basically a rule from Vince McMahon that everyone has to make Roman Reigns look “strong.”

It was a complaint of CM Punk after leaving the company. So it gets difficult when you have a man that according to Physics shouldn’t have a problem taking on Reigns and keep pushing the smaller man as the stronger man.

The Monster Among Men proved his strength on multiple occasions including flipping an ambulance that Reigns was supposedly inside of and tossing his stretcher off a ledge like it was empty.

Every time Strowman would do something that was awe-inspiring, fans would find how Reigns actually snuck out before taking any damage.

This was topped off when Reigns drove the ambulance after their Ambulance match backstage and backing it into a production truck to try and kill Strowman.

Come on, he couldn’t have been thinking “this will take him out of action for a month.” If you have a wrestler doing what Reigns did, the intention must be murder which is a really weird way to get us to cheer for him.

“Yay, Reigns murdered Strowman?” No, this just got him more boos.

#4 Roman Reigns vs. The Miz

The Miz Recaptures the Intercontinental Title at Raw 25

This was another odd rivalry. It included two clear attempts to get Reigns over, neither of which worked out.

First of all this was a push to reform the Shield. Reigns is accepted by the most people when he is with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

A lot of his biggest critics are huge fans of Rollins, so bringing them back together again brings those fans back into the fold.

In order for this to happen the Shield all needed to suffer embarrassing losses to the Miztourage.

Traditionally this would help garner empathy for the losing babyfaces, but the Miz is insanely popular right now.

He is the kind of cool heel that can make it hard for a babyface because the audience wants to be laughing along with the Miz and picking on whoever he is fighting.

The Miztourage was fresh and entertaining, while the Shield was an attempt to bring the old band back together again for a tour and make some money.

The highlight of Shield's reunion run and Roman Reigns was sick at home.

The fans enjoyed seeing the Miztourage grow in credibility and right when we thought we would get what we wanted, Reigns got sick and Kurt Angle took his place in Shield for a match against The Bar, The Miz, Kane, and Braun Strowman.

Upon returning momentum started to build again for the Shield until Ambrose was injured. This vacancy in the shield was filled for various shows by Jason Jordan and Triple H, but it wasn’t the real Shield so they jumped away from that idea again.

The second part of this plan was to gain respect for Reigns by making him a Grand Slam Winner after he wins the Intercontinental Championship from the Miz.

There were only two problems with this plan.

One, The Miz is more popular with the audience overall than the polarising Reigns as he had spent years elevating the Intercontinental Title and keeping it relevant, and two, this was close to Wrestlemania Season, so we needed Reigns to drop the belt almost immediately so that we could have it in a different match at Wrestlemania because we already knew he’s supposed to be fighting Lesnar.

So he dropped the belt back to the Miz at Raw’s 25th anniversary and the audience cheered as The Miz was dubbed champion.

#5 Wrestlemania 34: The Flipped Decision

Brock Lesnar hit the F5 on Roman Reigns 5 Times at Wrestlemania 34

It was common knowledge for the 2017-2018 season that Mr. McMahon planned on having Reigns face Lesnar again at Wrestlemania.

Finally, Lesnar would pass the torch to Reigns and the crowd would accept him as their new champion.

The promos leading up to this match were a rehash of the same stuff that has been used with the Rock and Cena.

“You don’t care about this company”

“You’ve gotta better things to do”

This was supposed to make fans support Reigns as the wrestler speaking up on behalf of the rest of the locker room.

This was to make fans turn on Lesnar. The problem is that fans WANT to see Lesnar have another UFC fight.

WWE may lose Lesnar, but as fans, we are able to still enjoy him as long as he’s being active somewhere, and the thought of him having another UFC fight only brings more credibility to him and the rest of the WWE, so the crowd’s dynamic wasn’t quite there.

This led to chants of “Boring” throughout the match and Boos as Roman kicked out of five F5’s (a move that downed Strauman on one hit).

We can’t be certain when McMahon flipped this script on Reigns as some reports indicate that Lesnar told the ref the outcome upon entering the ring.

This would mean that the Chairman of the WWE was able to tell that this was a bad idea before the match even started.

This isn’t even the first time that Mr. McMahon has done last minute changes to a Wrestlemania main event to have The Big Dog lose on the grandest stage of all, as Reigns thought he was going to beat Lesnar in his first Wrestlemania title shot, only to have Rollins get the honours at the last minute.

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5 Epic Storylines That Could Be Used To End John Cena’s Career

The nature of John Cena’s relationship with the WWE Universe is conflicting, either Cena’s fans love for his awe-inspiring moral code, or they loathe him for his transition from a foul-mouthed badass to a cheesy character.

While WWE could’ve handled Cena’s rise to the pinnacle of the company much better by utilising smart booking strategies rather than consistently pushing him down the fans throats, they have to be commended for creating a worldwide star in a post attitude era.

The word more apt to describe Cena’s role in the company is “megastar,” and that title has been earned through highest merchandise sales, selling out arenas across the world and being a perfect global ambassador for the company.

Therefore, it would not be inaccurate to assume that everytime Cena steps through that curtain, business is about to pick up.

However, with the worldwide fame Cena has gained over the years, WWE knew that one day their brightest star would have to retire from in-ring competition, and that prediction is proving to be true, as Cena has become a part-time superstar in the company.

With WWE trying tirelessly to get another superstar to fill Cena’s role, it is safe to say that no other wrestler right now can eclipse the name, Cena.

Still, when the day does come when Cena finally lays his wrestling career to rest, how will his legendary tenure as a WWE wrestler conclude?

 

#1 Destroyed, damaged and demolished

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Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Cena, Finn Balor vs. Cena, Braun Srowman vs. Cena was all dream programmes given away on television in an uneventful manner.

WWE has been running through Cena’s dream matches more times than Micheal Cole yells “THE BIG DOG.”

However, those unusual decisions have valid reasoning behind it, and that is the fact that Cena is transitioning from a WWE megastar to a Hollywood superstar.

Moreover, the fact of the matter remains, the more successful Cena’s acting career becomes, the more time he spends away from the company.

The day will come when Cena cant juggle both and has to step away from the world of professional wrestling.

Therefore, that day should see Cena left brutalized in the ring by a new hungry star that can benefit from Cena’s star rub.

With the introduction of NXT in the world of WWE, the company has a plethora wrestlers who have worked their entire career’s to make it to Vince McMahon’s empire, and the majority of those stars are waiting for that moment to break the glass ceiling.

Superstars such as Balor, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Roode and even Andrade “Cien” Almas would launch their careers into the stratosphere by able to call themselves the man that retired Cena.

However, there is one star on WWE’s main roster that can indeed become the central player in the company if WWE gives him the privilege of taking Cena out, and that man is Samoa Joe.

There is something about Joe that is truly rare in the modern era of wrestling, as his character motivations, in-ring ability, and jaw-dropping promos represent a fighter that is truly badass.

Cena vs. Joe is a programme that is long overdue, and by booking this match has Cena’s last, can launch Joe’s career in the company.

#2 A legendary Career vs An Immortal Legacy

A match where these icons put it all on the line.

A match between The Undertaker and Cena could’ve sold out any pay-per-view at any venue around the world ten years ago, as witnessing two of the most celebrated superstars from two distinct generations squaring off in the prime of their careers would’ve surely broken any star rating system.

However, observing a watered down version of the Undertaker versus a less than enthusiastic Cena in a match that felt unnecessary is hugely disappointing.

Moreover, while the in-ring work of those two icons has naturally deteriorated over time, the narrative WWE built was one of the laziest attempts by McMahon’s creative team to garner excitement for one of the last dream matches left in this industry.

However, through all that disappointment, WWE did leave a door open for a truly magnificent build to a rematch down the road, and this rematch could be the perfect way to conclude both Cena’s and Undertaker’s in-ring careers.

While most would suggest this match should be a career vs. career match, that would make no sense, as one of these icons careers is already over.

The narrative of Cena putting his career on the line is a story a wrestling enthusiast can buy into, while Undertaker is at a point in his career where he deserves to retire, as he has given everything he could to this business for the last 30 years.

Therefore, this match could be Cena fighting to keep his dream as a professional wrestler alive while Undertaker is striving to cement himself as the most excellent performer in the history of WrestleMania.

Thus making this high octane drama a career vs. legacy match. Therefore, if Cena loses he leaves the company without becoming a 17-time Wolrd Champion and if the Undertaker losses he adds another strike to his loss column at WrestleMania.

Clear stakes, high drama, two legendary wrestlers, WWE has one of the best retirement stories to send Cena off with an emotional bang.

#3 The Legend Killer returns

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Randy Orton vs. Cena is a rivalry that WWE would like to claim ranks in wrestling history as one the very best.

However, WWE’s fantasy is far from the truth, as reality has shown the WWE Universe a feud that was overdone, uninteresting and repetitive.

But, how is that possible when these two veterans have fought each other in high stake matches?

The reason is simple, every time these two faced each other they have produced magic inside the ring, but its WWE’s poor storytelling that didn’t allow fans to invest thoroughly.

However, the last time these ruthless aggression era stars could clash, WWE should incorporate the very best in storytelling, in-ring work and nostalgia to give fans a true classic, and this could be a fitting ending to Cena’s career.

However, for this narrative to succeed WWE must get its antagonist spot on, and the only way for Orton to go forward as a ruthless heel in this angle is to have a substantial reason for targeting Cena, and the only way to reach that reason is to bring back “the legend killer.”

Most would say Orton’s iconic legend killer gimmick could only work when he was rookie taking out established veterans, and now that Orton is a legend himself the return of this role would be unnecessary.

However, after WWE retired “the legend killer” and debuted Orton’s “voices” gimmick, his career has gotten more uninteresting every year.

Therefore, this change would not only make a truly spectacular retirement narrative for Cena; it would rejuvenate Orton’s career.

After Orton has been a babyface for many years now his reason for returning as the legend killer can be based on one driving factor that has been critical in his career downfall, his low success rate.

Orton can blame the downhill slope he has been experiencing on veterans because while he was giving younger talent like Jinder Mahal, Roode and Rusev the spotlight to make a name for themselves other legends were selfishly residing at the top of the card, especially veterans such as Cena. This driving force could lead to an exceptional narrative between Cena and Orton.

WWE can use Cena once again to bring Orton to his elite heel level he has fallen from, as Orton ending Cena’s career would make him the most dangerous heel in the company.

Therefore, this decision can allow Orton to give a colossal star rub to a young white hot babyface down the road. This way Cena can give back to the business and retire against his greatest rival in a truly riveting story.

#4 The last hunt for championship gold

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Will he or won’t he? The question of whether Cena would surpass the Nature Boy Ric Flair’s 16 World Title reigns has been a hotly debated topic for the last few years.

Many feel that Cena does not deserve the right to even tie Flair with 16 Wolrd Title reigns, as most of Cena’s reigns have been short, uneventful affairs.

While other Cenation fanatics rebel in Cena’s favour, saying that WWE needs to cement Cena as one of the last true megastars in professional wrestling.

Whether Cena does achieve this enormous feat in his career or WWE leaves one accolade missing from his resume, it could make one of the most significant retirement narratives in WWE history if done to perfection.

When Cena dethroned AJ Styles at the 2017 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Cena once again received a mix reaction from WWE’s demanding fanbase.

However, even though Cena won his 16th World Title in one of the greatest matches in WWE history, the build to that moment felt artificial, rather than an iconic moment that made fans emotionally invest.

Therefore, this is a narrative WWE cannot rush, as it might ruin the emotional arc this storyline has to earn. As the build of this narrative needs a critical theme for it to succeed, desperation.

If WWE wants, to be honest, there is nothing left for Cena to do in WWE, besides break Flair’s record. Thus, Cena’s desperation to do so before he entirely heads into Hollywood can be the driving force behind this historical narrative.

WWE can have Cena lose number one contender matches, win the Money in the Bank but fail to cash it in successfully, be the last man eliminated from the Royal Rumble and lose his last chance inside the Elimination Chamber. Therefore, when Cena does succeed and stand across the WWE champion at Wrestlemania, fans would not be on the edge of their seats but standing on their feet.

#5 The way down

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Cena’s struggle story to get onto the Wrestlemania 34 match card was an excellent narrative done wrong, as the company expected fans to buy into the notion that Cena’s invincibility is suddenly non-existent.

Even though Cena lost multiple matches to mid-card talent, breakout stars and glorified main eventers, WWE’s abrupt booking of his last run left little to be desired and caught many wrestling aficionados off guard

While WWE wanted to present Cena at his lowest of lows, implying he is not the man that he once was, a little losing streak is the worst way to illustrate that idea.

If WWE analysed the character of Cena before booking him as the ‘lovable’ loser, they would’ve found out that they can go deeper and darker into his frustrations, failures and regret when booking him as a man that has nothing to lose.

Beyond all that brightly coloured merchandise, WWE can reveal to the world a man that has given up, believes he is disrespected and feels betrayed because the most significant Cena retirement storyline WWE can do, is a fully-fledged heel turn.

Ah, the infamous Cena heel turn, that the WWE Universe has demanded for the last ten years which may seem unnecessary at this point, but Cena’s career has to lead him to this.

After his shocking loss to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, it would be foolish to have Cena return as a happy go lucky babyface.

Instead, WWE should push aside the cheap pop for character development, as Cena more than any other character has the true validation to turn on the fans, the wrestlers and even himself.

As for 15 years Cena has walked down the ramp and soaked in the disrespect, he has had his most exceptional work inside the squared circle still criticised, and he has seen most of his original fans betray him, this is a man that has seen his three core values insulted, disregarded and degraded.

WWE pulling the trigger on a Cena heel turn at this point his career might be perfect, and it can lead to other incorporated narratives being elevated and legitimised by Cena’s newly profound aggression.

Whether Cena is pursuing the WWE Title as an unruly heel, going after the Undertaker, or squashing fan-favourite superstars, WWE can turn this significant development into a massive storyline that can prove to be successful for the company.

This heel turn is not meant for fans to start liking Cena once again or for Cena to rejuvenate his career.

This retirement narrative is about a man who has been pushed too far, a man who has had his moral code insulted time and time again, and most importantly this is a man that knows his time is up in the company.

However, his time is now to leave a lasting impact that can shake the world of professional wrestling.

soruce : sportskeeda.com