THREE GUYS AND… WWE
series created by Marvin Mercer and Nick Stephenson
“RAW: JOHN CENA VS. AJ STYLES”
written by Dominick Cappello
I haven’t reviewed Monday Night RAW for the past two weeks because it’s been more of the same. The same matches. Stephanie McMahon verbally bitch slapping both heels and baby-faces indiscriminately and never allowing anyone to get their heat back that’s best for business? But, now that John Cena is back from injury, is it time for him to go to war with The Bullet Club (or just The Club as WWE calls them) or has he already dug their graves and preparing to bury them? AJ Styles confronted John Cena on the Memorial Day edition of RAW after Super-Cena cut a “U.S.A. all the way!” promo. The crowd response was superb once AJ made his way to the ring. Split right down the middle. AJ had nothing but good things to say about his adversary. I always find these mutual respect promos a bit dull because you’re just waiting for baby-face to turn on the other. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long this time. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows confronted AJ and Cena, teasing a possible tag team match at WWE Money in the Bank, but it was all a swerve! AJ blasted Cena in the face with a forearm and beat the holy hell out of him for the next several minutes. Something the smart marks have been dreaming of for years. JBL condemned AJ for his actions. What the hell? Why is any physicality directed towards John Cena a bad thing? A three man commentary team and all three root for John Cena. Will Vince McMahon ever learn that having the commentators side with Super-Cena no matter what only reinforces his image as the hand picked corporate champion? I’ve been saying this for eleven damn years. Remember how Jesse “The Body” Ventura was always chastising Hulk Hogan back in the 1980s? Or how Jerry “The King” Lawler was always ridiculing Bret “Hit Man” Hart during The New Generation years? Jerry Lawler was also anti “Stone Cold” Steve Austin during The Attitude Era. Honestly, I don’t recall a commentator besides maybe Jonathan Coachman once or twice in 2005 having ever said a bad thing about John Cena. This past week on RAW, AJ Styles made comments similar to what Daniel Bryan had said before SummerSlam 2013 and what CM Punk said before Money in the Bank 2011, accusing John Cena of being a mediocre wrestler and a corporate suck-up. John Cena said he’s tired of hearing that and wants something fresh from his opponents. Hmm… John Cena doesn’t like repetition? I’ll try you remember that the next time John Cena and Randy Orton have a match. The Club surrounded the ring and The New Day made the save. Well, I guess that The New Day have officially jumped the shark. They’ll suffer the same fate as Zach Ryder in 2012. An endorsement from John Cena is death for your career. I have a feeling that Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows will be winning the WWE Tag Team Titles pretty soon. As far as John Cena vs. AJ Styles goes, I hope this will play out differently than some other recent John Cena feuds. You know, where he takes two out of three from Bray Wyatt and Kevin Owens and three out of four from Rusev. Kevin Owens has been able to bounce back from his many losses to Super-Cena whereas Bray Wyatt and Rusev are still in the rehabilitation process. AJ Styles has the deck stacked against him. We wish him luck.
– Dr. Rochester