Talk to anyone who has watched a movie and swears they understand the intricacies of comic book heroes… anyone who has actually read a few of the comics… anyone at all really… EVERYONE knows Superman is essentially an omnipotent alien who stands for everything that is good, and Batman is a regular dude with rich, dead parents who fights crime at night with no superpowers because of a sense of altruistic duty. These two characters are pretty much about the same things but in different ways. Sort of like wrasslers.
Batman and Superman are polarizing. If you are smart, like me, you prefer Superman to Batman because as far as heroes go, he has a great track record of doing the right thing for the right reasons. He is almost invincible. Only magic, red sunlight and pieces of his homeworld can hurt him or even weaken him. Batman stans be like “Well Batman is smarter somehow than the alien whose toys were more advanced than anything on Earth and you know he keeps kryptonite on him at all times, just in case.” I think all those delusional people KNOW in a head up fist fight with no heat vision or freeze breath and no kryptonite, Kal-El pwns Bruce worse than Brock did Cena.
When I think about Cena, he really is Superman, but doesn’t get the credit he deserves for being that great. Because people want Batman. We want our heroes to be regular dudes and not super. We want to see Cena as human. Beatable. Welp… we have another rare opportunity to see just that, because Brock is gonna kill him again. What’s really interesting about this is… will Cena come back from having his ass handed to him again like he’s Superman exposed to kryptonite, or will he emerge with a veritable utility belt full of new toys in his arsenal like Batman? Will he rise from his beatdown immersed in darkness like a regular guy exposed to tragedy, or will he fly towards the sun to recharge in yellow sun rays and return to being bland as fuck? More on this story after Night of Champions, same itsstillrealtomedammit.com realness from the same real nigga writing real shit.
Post Raw, I felt like it was somewhat of a let down that Cena was on there trying to one up Lesnar by beating up the Wyatts. Not because he buried them. Because WWE refuses to let Cena lose and BE a loser. Wallow in his loss a little bit. I didn’t buy “Oh Cena is on the worst losing streak of his life” after he lost to The Rock BECAUSE HE BEAT BROCK LESNAR AT THE VERY NEXT PAY PER VIEW! You could tell the “oh he’s vulnerable now” story after he’s lost two high profile matches back to back. NOT when he comes back like nothing happened. So, yeah, it looks like WWE is determined to keep Cena as Clark Kent.
I just got done listening to The Steve Austin Show Unleashed featuring Paul Heyman. That dude is nothing if not a brilliant wrasslin mind and promoter. At the end of the podcast, Heyman talked about how Cena could finally evolve and either become a Paul Heyman guy or just someone who eschews his values to use heel tactics. And once he has gone down that road, can he ever go back? What if he likes the dark side? To that I say… Hollywood Hulk Hogan put the red and yellow back on. And won the Undisputed WWE title. I’m not gonna be a mark and say “Yes FINALLY… the John Cena heel turn!” But again… the potential is THERE for Cena to turn in his red and blue for the grey and black. Still be a hero, but a different KIND of hero.
I have grown out of seeing life in absolutes. Black and white are not the colors of life. Everything is shades of grey. Stone Cold Steve Austin was the epitome of a tweener. We cheered him flipping the bird, cussin, being an alcoholic, getting arrested and abusing any and all authority figures. Before the Monday Night Wars changed the rules, those are all things you would expect heels to do. Steve Austin was the wrasslin embodiment of Batman. Everyone loves him for being one of us. Relatable. John Cena has spent the better part of a decade espousing unassailable ideals of persistence in the face of half the paying customers hating him. And we hate Superman for never flipping us the bird and flying off quaffing beer.
The way I see it… “Hustle Loyalty Respect” John Cena could be replaced by “Win At All Costs” John Cena. Batman once ‘defeated’ Superman by threatening to kill people with a bomb if he didn’t stand down. That’s the kind of ‘hero’ he is. He will do whatever to get his mission accomplished, although I do not get for the LIFE of me how it makes sense that he won’t kill The Joker. Nigga killed his sidekick. I guess depending on the situation he has morals and in others, notsomuch. I’m here for this.