Judge Paul Pritchard is in desperate need of an attitude adjustment.
"The Champ is here!"
John Felix Anthony Cena, known simply as John Cena to fans of the WWE Universe, is arguably the most divisive face in the history of professional wrestling. Barring a relatively brief stint as the heelish Doctor of Thuganomics, Cena has largely been cast as the modern-day Hulk Hogan, preaching the virtues of hustle, loyalty, and respect. His message to "rise above hate" and "never give up" has seen him become the hero for millions of children around the world, and his clean-cut ways mark him as good a role model as possible for a wrestler.
And yet, from 2006 onwards, Cena has gotten more heat from fans than anyone in the industry. The booing that frequently greets his entrance can be deafening, and the placards stating, "If Cena Wins, We Riot!" succinctly sum up the level of hatred felt by fans towards a wrestler who has done nothing but do the right thing.
John Cena suffers for the WWE; more accurately: John Cena suffers for the current state of the WWE. Lacking the multitude of heroes and villains that marked the Ruthless Aggression Era (and formerly the Attitude Era) into which he first entered the WWE as a cocky rookie in a match with Kurt Angle, Cena has been left to carry the company alone in the absence of a Rock, or Stone Cold Steve Austin to step in and take the weight from his shoulders. As such, while only an idiot would ever say they hate Cena the man, Cena the character has become a cliché; an invincible superman (or SuperCena, as he is often called), who overcomes any opponent with his patented five moves of doom.
This latest collection from the WWE perfectly sums up John Cena's current conundrum, as each match follows a similar formula with Cena repeatedly taking a beating, only to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat time and time again.
• John Cena vs. Chris Jericho
• John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
• John Cena vs. Randy Orton
• John Cena vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz
Taken from the HD broadcasts, this DVD delivers the usual slick looks you'd expect from a WWE release. As always the 5.1 soundtrack is crystal clear. No extras are included on this release.
Taking into account that this release is aimed at the younger Cena fan, who may not have enough pocket money saved for one of the big three-disc sets, the disappointing lack of content, particularly the lack of any exclusive content, is offset somewhat by the low price of this set.
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