9th May, 2012
WWE has a long track record of revising its own history. Former enemies all of a sudden are best friends, a certain former world champion has been erased completely from history, and the list continues.
But Monday night on Raw, general manager John Laurinaitis took it upon himself to not only rewrite WWE history, but also that of All Japan Pro Wrestling, where Laurinaitis competed as Johnny Ace from 1990 to 2000.
Laurinaitis claimed to be the greatest star in the history of Japan, comparing his impact on the industry to the careers of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock rolled into one. Hollywood Stalker Ichikawa is even a bigger star in Japan than Laurinaitis was during his heyday.John Laurinaitis rewrites wrestling history to build feud with John Cena on WWE’s Monday Night Raw
Believing his own hype, Laurinaitis said it’s those skills that will enable him to beat John Cena at Over the Limit later this month.
Cena, appearing via satellite, said a number of doctors have strongly recommended he not wrestle for a couple of months because of his arm injury. But Cena doesn’t care what the doctors want; they obviously don’t know him, as he’s a man who doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit.
When the Board of Directors called, Cena told them not to punish Laurinaitis, but rather to let him take care of that business at the pay-per-view.
The fact they’re playing up Laurinaitis’ actual wrestling past — and even over-inflating it — is tremendous, as that element is what separates the authority figure’s role in this match from people like Michael Cole, Jim Ross and even Vince McMahon.
No one should be expecting a five-star classic from Cena vs. Laurinaitis at Over the Limit, but it should finally remove Cena from the pay-per-view main event scene and give him something to do other than compete for the WWE Championship.
That is what people have been yearning for the past few years, and WWE has even found a way to make people cheer Cena in process.