The promo that John Cena made on Raw sounded very fake as his gimmick of being an “underdog” is no longer believable.
Cena did make a valid point, though, that Randy Orton made it to the WWE easier than other wrestlers. This is mainly because Orton’s father and grandfather were wrestlers too, so this made it easier for him to break into the business. For Cena, on the other hand, he had to start from scratch to get where he’s at now.
However, Cena cutting a promo that Orton has been given “handouts” recently is very contradictory. Yes, Orton is now an 11-time World Champion, although Cena needs to look at himself in the mirror. Cena has been given so many opportunities in the WWE over the past eight years, it’s not really believable as a fan to get behind him anymore.
One problem I have with Cena right now is that the WWE continuously books him as an underdog. He is not an underdog as he’s been World Champion 14 times and has accomplished more things than anyone else on the current roster right now. He’s been in the main event for WrestleMania numerous times, won the Royal Rumble twice and is even a Money in the Bank winner too. If anything, Cena has been given more “handouts” than any other wrestler.
This is the main reason why I think older fans just don’t support Cena anymore. He might be a nice guy in real life, but this “underdog” gimmick is just too fake. That’s why people support guys like Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. They’re the real underdogs of the WWE. There are also numerous other mid-card wrestlers that are real-life underdogs too.
I hope the WWE realizes this because Cena is arguably worse than Orton when it comes to receiving handouts. Sure, Orton has been given so many opportunities, but he hasn’t defeated the likes of The Rock and Brock Lesnar like Cena has. Not to mention, Orton has not been in the main event of WrestleMania as many times as Cena as well.