Perhaps the biggest talking point from Monday Night RAW last week was John Cena’s promo on The Undertaker where he was a little more fired up than usual.
Despite being in the WWE Championship match at the Fastlane pay-per-view the night before, it was common knowledge that Cena wasn’t going to capture world championship number 17 and would instead head back to the red brand and continue his pursuit of The Deadman.
Cena’s promo largely drew a lot of praise for attacking The Phenom with some vicious one-liners in an attempt to goad him into accepting his challenge, one year after losing to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33.
However, not everyone is happy with how the promo went down, not even Cena’s long-time rival and WWE Hall of Famer, Edge.
Speaking on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, the Rated R Superstar explained that he thought Cena’s delivery and tone of the promo were inappropriate for the nature of the storyline.
According to Wrestling Inc, Edge said: “The John Cena promo, I thought it was pretty hokey.
“I’m not going to lie. It was cool at some points, but then it was very...I don’t know, just a very hokey delivery. And I know that’s Cena’s schtick sometimes, but it just didn’t feel like this was the moment or the opponent for that. That was my gut when I first watched it. Yeah, I don’t know.
“I think that’s a huge, massive match and I’m glad the crowd reacted the way they did and I didn’t even mind the going into the crowd thing, like, the way they’re setting this up like if he doesn’t have this match, or he doesn’t have this match, or he doesn’t have this match, he’ll go and pay to sit in the audience.
“I guess it was just when it got to talking about The Undertaker stuff, it just didn’t feel quite as...I don’t know. I don’t even know how to put my finger on it. I guess it’s just sometimes, it’s kind of hokey delivery and can kind of work, but in that instance, it just didn’t work for me.”
Although Edge called the promo odd, he did suggest that if he watched the promo again, he could change his mind before claiming that he and Christian fantasy-booked this match already.
In their opinion, they believe it should be a career vs career match, but it doesn’t seem like WWE is going to go in this direction. Some fans will agree with him, though. When you’re up against somebody like The Undertaker, being nothing but serious can be the more effective way to go instead.
What do you make of John Cena’s promo on The Undertaker last week? Do you agree or disagree with Edge? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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