John Cena is arguably the greatest WWE superstar in the company's history. He's a solid top five contender, we can all agree on that because of not only his in-ring ability, but his promo skills as well.
He also has the tendency to help upcoming talent as much as he can as well, and this has been seen countless times on WWE. This comes from how he was helped out in the same way by Kurt Angle, who was Cena's first televised opponent in the WWE many years ago.
Since then, he has helped the likes of Bray Wyatt, Rusev, Kevin Owens, and several others through his time as the United States Champion with the US Open Challenge get air time on Raw and become loved by the WWE Universe.
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However, some fans have criticized Cena in these situations because the majority of the time he wrestles against new talent, he never puts them over. Stone Cold Steve Austin on a recent episode of his podcast, The Steve Austin Show, disagreed with this, and so did his guest, the Big Show.
According to Wrestling Inc, Stone Cold said: "If you get on the internet, there [are] so many people that say, 'oh, when is Cena going to finally put somebody over? When is Cena going to stop holding everybody down?' Cena's gone! Seth Rollins is gone.
"Cesaro kept trying and he was almost there, he almost makes it, and he gets back down. I love that guy. Neville got hurt. He's a dynamic guy. He's going to be good. He's a veteran in the [professional wrestling] business. Luke Harper I love. But anyways, all those guys were all gone. Randy Orton, a tried and true veteran, second or third generation. He'd never hold anybody back."
Austin continued: "But my point is, nobody is holding [anybody] down here because if there was ever an opportunity to shine, it's right now with five spots on the roster open."
Big show agreed with Stone Cold and said: "John Cena doesn't hold anybody down. John Cena has made more stars since he has gotten in the ring, made more stars. That's the thing people don't understand. Being champion isn't about winning." He also mentioned how people like him, The Rock, and Stone Cold are important because they raise attendances when advertised.
Arguably, Stone Cold and the Big Show are right. It isn't John Cena we should be blaming. It's WWE creative for not being able to book anyone over the top guy in the company cleanly and convincingly. But if there was any time to do it, it would be now while so many superstars are on the sidelines.
WWE need to adapt and learn how to be successful during these times because the likes of John Cena aren't going to be around competing in the ring forever.