So. Let me get this straight.
Cena tells Del Rio to “Go back to Mexico!” and then…
He makes fun of a man who was forced by his boss to fight in the first place by treating that person as if they are a bull?
And he’s supposed to the good guy?
I get that it’s supposed to be lighthearted, fun, hahaha. Rodriquez is comic relief. I know. But something about it just rubbed me the wrong way. It’s the jock picking on the nerd for not being athletic.
It speaks to a larger narrative within WWE. It’s precisely what CM Punk was saying at the end of RAW last night…that WWE values heavyweights over the cruiserweights. That if you don’t fit the right mold you’re discarded, disregarded, the bad guy, the person who just doesn’t measure up.
John Cena right now is the face of that. I think he has a lot of power, at least to have some decision in his own characters direction. I’m certain all of that last night was improv. But, if you’re supposed to be the hero, if you’re supposed to be noble–bullying seems like a weird thing for your character to do.
Especially since WWE is doing this anti-bullying campaign. He’s the babyface. He can’t be bullying. He should have tried to help Rodriquez, poor guy just got stuck fighting for the wrong side. Cena should have not engaged Rodriquez and instead pulled Del Rio into the ring and forced him to fight instead of hiding behind someone else.
That just makes more sense, right?