Saturday, January 5, 2013

Why John Cena Does Not Deserve the Superstar of the Year Slammy Award

by Brian Phelps

Recently as we rounded out the 2012 year, WWE hosted their yearly "Slammy Awards" with the most coveted award being the Superstar of the Year Slammy Award. In a year that saw CM Punk as the one and only WWE Champion from January 1 to December 31 of 2012... somehow John Cena was awarded the Superstar of the Year Award. Any other year over the past seven years and I would understand if John Cena won the award, but John Cena in 2012 should have been the last person to be Superstar of the Year. I'm sure there will be plenty of Bieber-esque level Cena fanatics that will try to call me a "hater" or argue that John Cena deserved it but let's be real here. We all know John Cena did not deserve the award this year. Don't believe me? I'll prove it.

First of all, John Cena didn't even win any titles in 2012. That's right as hard as it is to believe, John Cena as far as title wins laid an egg for the first time since Wrestlemania 21. He didn't even win any mid-card titles like the Tag Team Championships this past year. How does a guy that didn't win any title belts get the Superstar of the Year Award?

Now I'm sure Cena fanatics will argue "He won Money in the Bank!". Yes. Cena did win Money in the Bank, but then what happened? He turned around and became the FIRST wrestler to cash in Money in the Bank and FAIL. His failure cashing in canceled out him winning MITB. What made things worse was that after he blew his Money in the Bank cash in, he tried to take Dolph Ziggler's Money in the Bank briefcase and FAILED AGAIN.

Speaking of Dolph Ziggler in 2012, didn't he steal John Cena's girlfriend too?

Cena also challenged CM Punk for the WWE Championship probably a half dozen times and failed in every attempt.

Let's not forget that he also LOST at Wrestlemania to The Rock in what could have been "career defining" match. And a little side note... this was the 2nd year in a row he lost at Wrestlemania. Oh, and didn't he claim that he was going to walk into Wrestlemania 28 as the WWE Champion so he could fight The Rock for the title? He failed to deliver on that proclamation too.

All this and I haven't even gotten to the icing on the cake. You want to know the elephant in the room that no one wants to see? John Cena ducked out of fighting Ryback. John Cena despite losing several title shots he was given... still claimed that he deserved to be the number one contender. At the time, the undefeated Ryback was vying to be the number one contender as well. However, instead of fighting Ryback for the number one contendership Cena willingly gave up his spot to Ryback because he claimed he wanted somebody to shut CM Punk up. Yeah right.

We all know the real reason he gave up his spot to Ryback. Cena wussed out of fighting Ryback because at the time Ryback was undefeated and Cena would have been perceived to be weaker than Ryback if they had fought at the time. This was WWE deja vu. Remember Stone Cold refused to job to the up-and-coming Brock Lesnar a decade ago, and to a lesser degree when Hogan ducked fighting Bret Hart (according to Bret).

So let's recap shall we? John Cena lost at Wrestlemania, became the first guy to cash in Money in the Bank and lose, failed in his countless shots at CM Punk's title, wussed out of fighting Ryback for the number one contendership, failed to beat Dolph Ziggler for Dolph's MITB briefcase, and had his girlfriend AJ Lee stolen by Ziggler.

Even his movie career sunk in 2012 as he starred in the Nickelodeon TV movie flop "Fred 3: Camp Fred" which drew 39% less viewers than the 2nd film did.

The Slammy Awards are a farce. A sham. Anybody will tell you that John Cena winning Superstar of the Year was a joke. CM Punk was the true Superstar of the Year. You could also make a legitimate case for Daniel Bryan being Superstar of the Year. CM Punk is the longest reigning WWE Champion of the last 25 years. How is he not the Superstar of the Year?

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