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March 3, 2005 by Ashley Daniels
During the summer of 2004 I wrote my very first column for Obsessed With
Wrestling, the column was entitled 'Randy Orton: Has His Time Come'. The
column put forth my views on why Randy Orton was not ready to be the World
Heavyweight Champion. Now, months later, Randy Orton is seemingly lost on RAW,
Benoit and Eddie Guerrero are being misused and we have two average
wrestlers being rammed down our throat as legitimate contenders for their
respective World Championships. Similar to the Randy Orton column, this
column shall look at the two individuals, Batista and John Cena, looking at
why they should be World Heavyweight/WWE Champion, why they should not be
World/WWE Champion and what a possible title reign for both men could mean
for the WWE in the future; example matches, storylines etc...
Batista was not always a member of the all powerful group Evolution, in fact
early in Batista's career he was affiliated with Reverend D-von, although he
made the jump to RAW. It was not long before he was under the wing of the
16 time World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair and arguably the greatest World
Heavyweight Champion (Yeah right) of all time Triple H. While in Evolution,
Batista had great success winning two Tag Team Championships with Ric Flair
and for a little while was the arguably the top contender for the
Intercontinental Championship, although never did actually win it.
Somewhere along the line Batista caught the attention of many wrestling
fans. It was along this line Batista upped his game and won the Royal
Rumble. Now Batista is on the road to Wrestlemania, but more importantly on
the road to the World Heavyweight Championship.
Why does Batista deserve to be World Heavyweight Champion" This is a
question which has plagued and riddled me, since Batista won the Royal
Rumble, and to be honest I can not think of many reasons as to why Batista
deserves the opportunity to be World Champ, except for he is popular amongst
the fans and that he is a wrestler who carries himself like a champion.
Another good reason for Batista winning the World Championship is that he would
have officially separated himself from Evolution. On the other hand, I think
he officially separated himself from Evolution when he delivered the Batista
bomb to Triple H through the table. Nonetheless with Batista out of
Evolution this will give Triple H the opportunity to recruit new wrestlers
and give them the chance to prove themselves worthy. Examples include
Maven, Chris Masters and possibly Christian.
Why Batista does not yet deserve to be World Heavyweight Champion" If - and I
reiterate if - Batista defeats Triple H at Wrestlemania, what more is there
for the big man to do" I mean it seems the only reason Batista's popularity
sky-rocketed is because of the intrigue of a Triple H vs. Batista match and
once that is in the record books, Batista will return to being nothing more
than a jacked up freak as so many in the past have referred to him as.
If the WWE chooses to keep him on as their World Champion, I could see his
championship reign being the mirror image of Diesel's. Sure it may have
lasted about a year, but it did not draw the numbers and proved to be a big
mistake on the part of the WWE. In my opinion the World Heavyweight Champion
has quite a burden on his shoulders. You see once you are World Heavyweight
Champion you are the representative of your company, this being the WWE.
Once you are the World Heavyweight Champion you have gained the respect of
the guys in the office and your fellow workers. However more importantly you
gain their trust. They trust that the World Heavyweight Champion can go out
there and draw the numbers, they trust the World Heavyweight Champion can
grab the ratings and they trust the World Heavyweight Champion can take any
wrestler walking the face of the earth and put on a half decent match with
them. I just do not think Batista has earned this trust; believe me when I
say Batista can put on good matches especially when he squares off with guys
such as Jericho, Benoit, Edge and Orton. However he can only go out there
with particular wrestlers and work good matches with them, any other
wrestlers the match would usually be nothing more than a squash match. I
would also like to make the point that Batista's matches are not the longest
matches in the world, as well as his moves are very restricted.
What may the future hold for Batista as World Heavyweight Champion" Well I
feel if the WWE go about it the right way they can not only bring needed
prestige back to the World Heavyweight Title, they could also make Batista a
passable champion, bordering on the line of a great champion. What I would
do is have Batista's reign of terror as World Heavyweight Champion last
anywhere between 4-8 months, however have Batista only defend the
championship at pay-per-views and every now and again on RAW, similar to
champions of the past. This way you could create longer feuds and in the
process keep Batista's intrigue and popularity alive. Although what the WWE
may do is have Batista drop the title back to Triple H a month later, so
Triple H will be six championship reigns away from living out his wildest
dreams, winning more championships than Ric Flair, although there is some
debate on how many World Championships Ric Flair acquired.
John Cena made his debut on SmackDown! taking Kurt Angle to the limit in a
good solid match. It was evident from this match that John Cena had good
wrestling ability, definitely displaying better wrestling ability than what
he shows now. On the 2002 Halloween episode of SmackDown! John Cena arrived
at the party dressed as Vanilla Ice, this was the beginning of the Dr. of
Thuganomics gimmick. During these early stages of his career John Cena
played a heel and may I say, one hell of a heel. He played the part so well
he soon became a favourite amongst many wrestling fans. Since his face turn
Cena has been on a roll, winning various United States Championships and
more recently the victor of a tournament to crown the number one contender
for the WWE Championship.
Why does John Cena deserve to be WWE Champion"
John Cena does deserve the WWE Championship because of his pure
wrestling ability; because lets face it ever since his return from a
supposed stabbing he, in my opinion, has only had two good matches - one
against Booker T and the other against Kurt Angle. The reason John Cena
deserves the WWE Championship is because he has a great gimmick which
appeals to many of the wrestling fans. Also, I feel he has the power to get a
whole new audience into wrestling. There is a saying that 'you never know
where you are going until you know where you've been.' I feel the WWE has
looked back at their past, namely Wrestlemania 6 where Ultimate Warrior beat
Hogan to add the WWF Championship to his list of accomplishments, when he was
already Intercontinental Champion. The WWF knew that this created a stir of
emotions and was a wrestling moment that will stand the test of time and
they probably feel Cena as a double champion will make for a great wrestling
moment. Although after Warrior lost the WWF Championship he took a great
fall from grace, some may say Warrior was never the same, so who's to say
the same may not happen to John Cena"
Why John Cena does not deserve the WWE Championship"
The reason John Cena does not deserve the WWE Championship is because I feel
ever since Cena's push he is not the same humble young man he once was. I
remember a time when I looked forward to watching Cena's matches, seeing as
I personally sensed the hard work and desire Cena put into his matches. He
had great matches with Angle, Undertaker, Benoit, RVD, Rene Dupree, Booker
T... On the other hand ever since his big push his in ring skills have
deteriorated and his ego has inflated. I assume that if Cena wins the WWE
Championship his skills will become even worse and have squash matches left
and right. Another reason I feel John Cena does not deserve to be WWE
Champion is because I feel there are other wrestlers who deserve the
opportunity to have a shot and a possible run with the championship;
examples include Booker T and RVD.
What may the future hold with John Cena as WWE Champion"
I feel there are many possibilities to create great matches and angles. You
could have Cena continue wrestling JBL in a series of rematches; you could
have Cena defend the WWE Championship against Kurt Angle. However I
personally would like to see Cena win the championship, and on SmackDown!
following Wrestlemania, have Cena turn heel, saying how he used the fans, how once he had their support he had the opportunity to be booked in higher profile matches which led to him winning the WWE Championship. Then this could bring Eddie Guerrero into the mix - Eddie could remind Cena that it was the fans who made him, as well reminding him it was he who gave Cena the advice on defeating Kurt Angle
which led to Cena winning the title. This hopefully will freshen John
Cena's character. Though I have a feeling WWE are going to keep Cena face
and ram him down our throats.
As always I am interested in your opinions on whether Batista or Cena do or
do not deserve the championship so please send in your responses.
by Ashley Daniels ..
Erkka Järvinen wrote:
Batista, maybe. John Cena, hell no. Batista is not the issue here with me so i
am gonna go on about Cena. Back in 2003, i was waiting to see Cena do some good
heel promos or have a look some of his wonderful matches which were always
something to wait for. Mistake WWE made with Cena was to make him an annoying
face at 2003 Survivor Series. At the start, i was thinking "Well ok maybe this
will turn out good, i still like Cena" but after maybe half a year i already
HATED him. He started to piss me off all the time just more and more with his
lame jokes and a cocky attitude (cocky attitude in a wrong way). What pissed me
off the most was that in every night when i was hoping Cena to get his ass
kicked, he never did. His squash matches were jokes especially when his moves
are deadly boring. People complain that you always know alreaydy that HHH will
win, well it is Cena the one who always win and you will always know it like
half a minute before he wins. Some rights and lefts, a clothesline, back elbow,
running shoulder block, five knuckle shuffle (learn how to wrestle) and then his
highly overrated FU. Only thing going on with Cean now is that he can get the
growd going which i dont understand cause you know what he is gonna do before
the match, in the match and after the match, his same crap. In his song it says
"When my theme song hits, get your reinforcements" well it should say "When my
theme song hits, close your eyes and sleep" as i do.
Batista I feel is not quite ready to hold the World Heavyweight Championship. The IC Title, yes, but not quite yet The Big One. But at least his talent has grown and his ego has not, which is totally opposite of the other #1 contender, John Cena. I've never hated a wrestler as much as Cena, and I don't think I'll ever hate one more han him. Now, my hatred of Cena is well documented (my first ever column was one bashing Cena), but the fact that he is main eventing the Grandest Stage OF Them All makes me sick. After Cena wins the title at Wrestlemania, there will be NO honour left in the main-event status at Wrestlemania, and none left in the WWE Title. This bastard SERIOUSLY needs an ego adjustment...or an injury to sideline him for long enough so that everyone forgets about him.
Phil T. wrote:
You make some good points in your article, however I feel it would
have been more effective if you took one side regarding each title match and
gave facts to back it up. As far as the actual main event at WrestleMania, WWE
needs to put the strap on Batista. I'm a huge HHH fan and a few years ago I
never thought the day would come when I would be sick of HHH having the title,
but now that day has come and is long gone. Batista can take RAW into a new
direction which RAW desperately needs. Unfortunately the list of strong heel
characters on RAW is extremely short. If the WWE decides to take Orton back to
the promise land as a heel, this would be the ideal first contender for the new
champ. As a heel Orton was perfect for RAW. Win or lose WWE should make Orton
look like gold against the Undertaker. This would set up Orton as a worthy
first choice to challenge Batista. If HHH does lose the World Title, he should
do the right thing and forget about the World Title for at least a year. Let
another heel step up to the plate and hold the title for a while. WWE could
have HHH feud with Benoit, Jericho, Kane and if their desperate one more time
with HBK. Taking HHH out of the World Title hunt for a year would be great for
RAW and for the HHH character. A year goes by and HHH wins the belt again would
mean a lot more then him losing it and then regaining it in two months or less.
JBL vs. Cena at WrestleMania will be my bathroom break match. WWE took two
great wrestlers Bradshaw and John Cena (The wrestler not the Dr. of
thuganomics), and changed them into two side show puppets. Since JBL won the
title I have never wanted to see him retain the title in any match until now.
Cena is too young to hold the WWE Championship. Seeing him in main events every
week and especially on a PPV would destroy SmackDown. I was a Cena fan up until
his last change back to a face when the Dr. was born. Now he puts more effort
on the microphone then he does in the ring and it's obvious. I could bring up
many points to back this up, but I will only need one and there is no Cena fan
on earth who can argue with this one. What happened to the FU" When Cena first
starting using the FU as his finisher it was a variation of the Spicolli Driver;
Cena would go down to the mat with his opponent and drive his opponent through
it. Today, the FU is a glorified fireman's carry. Watch the next time Cena
executes it, a backdrop does more damage then the FU. Cena made an OK US champ,
but the WWE Championship he is clearly not ready for yet.
I think it would be interesting, to have Cena as the champion on Smackdown and Batista as the champion on Raw.
This way we might find out which is more popular- A less action, more charisma champion like Cena. --- Or --- A less charisma, more action champion like Batista. Let the rating's decide which the fan's like more.
Tyler Keef wrote:
I don't know why you guys have to be dissing Cena. The only reason you think he's a bad wrestler is that he's a brawler. Well wasn't Stone Cold Steve Austin a brawler too, and didn't he revolutionize the WWF. Then you might reply, "but Austin had a good gimmick..." Well Cena has a gimmick too, a rapper, and a charismatic rapper at that. You say he hasn't had that good of matches except Booker T and Angle" Well the only other matches he's had were with Carlito who won 1 U.S. title, Jesus with no titles, and Rene and Kenzo who have only been tag champions. Maybe you should stop complaining and wait to see Cena's performance after he wins the WWE championship. With the big one around his waist, he will have better opponents and will entertain.
Hey hey! Time for my comment on this little topic. Ready.. it's gonna be long, just like something else.. Cena's promos.
Ok, I'm gonna start with Batista. This guy is a natural powerhouse and wilth a good manager good really be a considerable champion. Anyone remember Vader" He wasn't much of a speaker and more of a fighter (in WCW days) so they changed that by giving him such a charismatic manager, Jimmy Cornet.. I probably mispellec or got my guys mixed up. He's the guy with the tennis racket.
Anyway, if Flair ends up turning on Triple H and goes with Batista, Batista could become a REAL fighting champion with Flair giving the promos. Unlike Cena who can only claim and no show, Batista can give action. He may not be the greatest athlete when it comes to ground work or technical skills, but if he faces against the right opponents, there's a big area open for him to make notice. Maybe after a while, he can go into a role where he begins to think he's unbeatable and turns heal, thus bringing in a more experienced Shelton Benjamin, title-deserving Chris Jericho, or a need-of-a-spotlight Randy Orton to make an interesting feud. Of course, that's only hopes, if he doesn't get a manager and still wins the title, Batista will have to work hard to draw in fans.
As far as Cena goes.. ugh. I'd prefer another Angle title run or even Big Show. See, I enjoy JBL and I really REALLY enjoy his character. Maybe it's the classy side of me, but I really enjoyed watching that party he had and the singer they had for him. It's been a while sense there was a champion who has this type of class. It's been nothing but muscle heads(Triple H), hot heads(Lesnar), and arrogant(Angle) for so long, JBL brought class to the title.
However, no matter how much I like JBL, he's had a long enough title run and would like to see him lose it. NOT TO CENA THOUGH! I enjoy brawlers, but Cena's not a brawler. I enjoy rappers, but Cena's not a rapper! I enjoy wrestlers with charisma, but Cena has no charisma! Cena has nothing good in his arsenal that separates him from other wrestlers except for the hip toss, 5-knuckle shuffle, and the FU. At least the Rock had HIS spinebuster, HIS elbow, HIS eyebrow, and even HIS catchphrases. He was able to take the most common of moves, motions, or words and make them his. John Cena relies too much on the same damn tiring lines week-in and week-out. He is just like Bret Hart and ends every match the same way. Granted that Bret Hart has been in this company longer (oh SO much longer) than Cena's been in the business and has earned nearly everyone's respects. Cena's proved nothing other than the fact that the fans are hypocrites. "Oh we hate Triple H, every title match is the same thing and he always wins.. BOO! Oh watch this, John Cena's going to do the same FU to this guy he's done 5,000 times to before cause it's an easy move, but the opponents are supposed to get knocked out from it and not ever find a way out. Oh he wins again, YAY!"
Is it me.. or is it just that Smackdown fans are completely oblivious to what's happening on Raw" Same stuff, but just because HHH is the boss-man's (not Ray, R.I.P.) dear ol' son-in-law, they think that he's getting his wins by bangin someone in the back.
Hey everyone, just for fun, lets cheer next time HHH comes to the ring. Lets see how they react. No matter WHAT Triple H says or does, cheer. That can be interesting.
Larry Christison wrote:
Is Dave Batista ready to carry RAW on his shoulders. Not by himself. At
least not yet. His character works best with someone in his corner. If no
Flair, then have him reteam with Randy Orton as friends and partners. He
needs to establish a series of highly competitive grudgematches with several
solid wrestlers (non-title) that emphisize wrestling and not
disqualifications. I would like to see him stay in the grey area between
hero and heel, so he could face both Kane and Snitsky, Jerico and Hassan.
Taking on all comers would be a good way to start but feud with a couple.
Kane would be a good one to start with. he is large, experienced, would push
and teach Batista while giving a good accounting in the matches. AND he adds
a fresh breath to the championship run that Edge, Benoit, and Triple H have
let stale. Triple H and Steph deserve a couple month vacation, Edge could
fight Benjamin or go tagteam, and Benoit could go tagteam and pop in, but
Batista needs to establish himself with some fresh angles and competitors (a
fresh breath) before Edge or Triple H come in breathing hard, or his reign
as champ might be lost in the static.
As for John Cena... get rid of the punches, clotheslines, and elbows and he
has exactly six wrestling moves. Count them, we have each match for months
and he uses an average of four of those six each match. If I was a heal, I
would be on the mic calling him on that and saying that I could counter
every one of them. Then in my first match I would raise my arm counting each
one (angering the crowd), and walk out of the match laughing at a countout
disqualification against me. Perhaps appear at another of his matches and
count to rile the crowd more, then finally lose a match where he somehow
pulled off a seventh wrestling move then a new finisher. His F-U (firemans
suplex) is the weakest finisher this side of a super kick, and looks like he
is gently setting down and positioning his opponant (which he is). He needs
to work on a new finisher that will shake the matt.
I would love it if he got on the mic angry and said, "Some people say that I
can't wrestle. Well I'm going to prove to them and to you right here and
right now that this dog can wrestle!" Then if he really did that, I and some
others might respect him more. The matches mentioned above as quality
matches were with good wrestlers who day-in and day-out give good matches to
any opponant they face no matter how good or bad their opponant is. If John
wants to show us that he is one of those, let's see him wrestle and get good
well fought nondisqualification matches from Heidenreich, Jindrak and Luthor
Reigns. Then we might respect him as champion more. In other words John,
prove that you are a fighter and not just a poser. Do you deserve a
championship shot" That is up to McMahan. Would you be a good champion" That
is definately up to you.
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