That’s what a section of wrestling fans have been wanting for several decades now. John Cena has finally gone on heel. Well, like most things WWE does, when it finally happened, it landed with a turkey throw from a helicopter (IFYKYK).
This isn’t the first time Cena has violated the ethos of equality and diversity, but he likes to blow the whistle to protect check signers. Miss how fast did he back up lightning fast to apologize to China after calling Taiwan a country? Gotta kept the audience pouring into the theater for suicide squad And rooster (which admittedly is funnier than any right).
On the one hand, it’s unfair to expect someone to throw their friend on a bus, even their best friend, simply for the rest of us – even if Vince McMahon can’t be imagined have close friends. After all, McMahon made Cena a dollar millionaire like him. They’ve been close, in any way, for 20 years or more. Who wants to believe these things about someone who has been a part of their life for so long?
On the other hand, there’s really no argument about what happened, or the ugliness of it. Cena should have known that much, and might not have commented. Or, as he might like to do all the time, thread the needle to show understanding of all angles while not really capturing any. It’s usually the politicians’ game. Something like, “As a friend of Vince for a long time, I am deeply disappointed to learn of his alleged crimes and inappropriate behavior, and as his friend , I consider him to a higher standard than that. Which I will continue to do.” It’s probably hard to come up with, but Cena is knowledgeable enough to know that these questions are coming, and not everything else about him is unprepared and washed ((and shave!).
Also, John, what McMahon is accused of is not “imperfection”. They are cruel. This isn’t a guy who’s in the habit of stealing soda cans from the grocery store or burping loudly in public. These are the allegations and stories of McMahon using his position of power to take advantage of the women who worked for him, with or without consent. (“Mr McMahon denies and has always denied rape [Rita] Chatterton,” his attorney Jerry McDevitt told the Wall Street Journal. A WWE spokesperson also told WSJ that the relationship between McMahon and a female legal assistant formerly employed by the company was consensual. Additionally, according to the WSJ, McDevitt said that the legal assistant had not filed any complaints about the harassment of McMahon and that “WWE did not pay any money” to the former employee “when she left .”)
He can also be quite happy when transfer his company to Saudi Arabia simply for the money without considering all that was involved in it, including the positions some of his former employees would take. But who cares, as long as Vince gets his check?
And some of those checks still belong to Cena, which he knows all too well.