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WWE & The Troops
July 1, 2006 by Jake White


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As my buddies and I anxiously jitter in our 119th row seats, we are taken aback at the sudden explosions of pyro descending from the aisle-way. We look at each other, with smiles wider than the West Texas countryside. We know what a huge treat awaits us as the much-anticipated "WWE Homecoming" show is set to kick off. We were not just there to be entertained, to be seen, or to try and score a few autographs. We also just wanted to give back. In our own little way, we wanted to come out and support World Wrestling Entertainment the same as they do us: "The Troops".

Vince McMahon and Company have done so much to ensure that the fighting spirit and unselfish efforts of the United States Armed Forces does not go unrecognized. WWE has dared to cross the borders of unfamiliar territory to show the men and women behind our country's global supremacy that we are, in fact, appreciated. Despite the nasty, malicious stories that dominate both local and national news magazines, it's nice to know that there are still some organizations that care. World Wrestling Entertainment has, for some time now, been at the forefront of popular nationwide broadcasting that shines a positive light on the everyday heroes that make up the Department of Defense. With all that WWE has done to put a positive connotation to us, there is still one point that bothers me.

As a life-long wresting fan, I have always done my best to stay up-to-date with the news and notes surrounding my favorite organizations. I go online at least four times a week for the sole purpose of digging up new and interesting rumors surrounding the wrestling industry. I happen to stumble upon an article a few months ago that stated (at press time) WWE Champion John Cena was doing a movie project entitled "The Marine". I was disgusted. Now, if there was one wrestler that if I could wipe off the face of the planet, well, I'd have the boys down at NASA lock and secure every breathing apparatus away from one, Mr. Cena. "The Doctor" would be out for good. Personal opinions aside, I still can't figure out why you would have a guy whose gimmick is based solely on rewriting the rules to his benefit cast as someone who is taught to obey orders at the sound of a whistle. With that said, I haven't read any scripts or even been enlighten on the movie's plot, but why Cena" I've only been enlisted in the military for two years, but I've yet to see any service member parading around with a chain around their neck and visible underwear. The very thought of John Cena in Battle Dress brings back painful recollection of Pauly Shore in "In The Army Now."

My point is simply this. If you're going to outstep your boundaries, at least try to make a good showing. Casting Kane for the movie "See No Evil" was brilliant. Kane just looks like the type of guy who should step in for a Triple Threat Match with Freddy and Jason. Having WWE Films take the military route, well, you become prone to overstay your welcome. If military is the name of the game, then why not have a military guy play the part. For example, Bobby Lashley. I personally believe the former Army standout would make a wonderful selection to be starring in a military flick. He's been there. He's done that. He understands what the mindset is behind performing everyday defensive operations. If there is a problem with the script, or even a way to make something better, he would be the guy to acknowledge and understand the accuracy of the matter.

In summary, if Vince McMahon or whomever he has appointed to run this "WWE Films" operation has a snowballs chance in The Seventh Circle of succeeding, there is a lot to be said about common sense and basic principles. Sometimes, it's the most obvious things that can make or break an entire operation. That's what the military, my friends, thrives on.

by Jake White..


Erkka Järvinen wrote:
SeeNoEvil sucks, its an F grade "horror" movie and it sucked to see WWE show it down our throats EVERY WEEK. Why there is a thing called "WWE films" anyway, it just makes the company look bad when it is supposed to be Sports Entertainment and at the same time you are making movies... Quote JR: "It's pathetic when a wrestler tries to be an actor"
Velocifore wrote:
This article is horrid. these are the types of opinions that need to be kept to themselves. Look at "the troops", most of the time i see just regular people like me trying to do their country good. For you, someone in the military, to say John Cena cant play the part of a marine, cause his wrestling character does something different is off the charts. Its not like Cena speaks in ebonics and drinks 40's. in fact cenas character is more about working hard and believing in yourself. he does whats right. and Cena only rewrites the rules because the deck is always stacked against him. Its a shame someone in our military is talking about harming another american. and the "point" that someone like lashley would be better for the part. Yeah i see huge box office numbers for a movie starring Bobby Lashley. i need not go into how movies have technical advisors and people form the military im sure have put their imput in. I just saw Annapolis, but under your standards, it had to have failed because james franco and jordanna brewster werent in the military. im proud of what you guys have done and are doing, but your opinion on this is real off base.
John wrote:
This article is horrid. these are the types of opinions that need to be kept to themselves. Look at "the troops", most of the time i see just regular people like me trying to do their country good. For you, someone in the military, to say John Cena cant play the part of a marine, cause his wrestling character does something different is off the charts. Its not like Cena speaks in ebonics and drinks 40's. in fact cenas character is more about working hard and believing in yourself. he does whats right. and Cena only rewrites the rules because the deck is always stacked against him. Its a shame someone in our military is talking about harming another american. and the "point" that someone like lashley would be better for the part. Yeah i see huge box office numbers for a movie starring Bobby Lashley. i need not go into how movies have technical advisors and people form the military im sure have put their imput in. I just saw Annapolis, but under your standards, it had to have failed because james franco and jordanna brewster werent in the military. im proud of what you guys have done and are doing, but your opinion on this is real off base.
Jon Rosaler wrote:
I don't think you're being fair,Jake. Even if you are a Cena Hater, Cena would make a great Marine. Lashley was a military man, but he is a Silent Warrior, he can't act. John Cena and Randy Orton can act.Before you guys start Judging Cena, why don't you watch the movie first" hmm" It seems John and Velocofire are on the same page.
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