Double Turn Column: John Cena is the Superstar of the Year


John Cena, not Seth Rollins, is the WWE Superstar of the Year despite what everybody else might say.

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Yes, that may seem like an outlandish statement considering the year that Seth Rollins has had, but John Cena has re-invented himself and been an all-around better performer in 2015. That transformation deserves some recognition.

And I know how early in the year it is to just be handing over the award to Cena, but it’s going to take one heck of a performance to dethrone Cena in my book.

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Despite what everyone is going to say about Cena this year (starting with him defeating Rusev at WrestleMania 31), Cena has given us a number of instant classics that I find myself watching over and over.

His two matches with Kevin Owens tore the house down at both Elimination Chamber and at Money In the Bank. The Russian Chain match and the I Quit matches with Rusev at Extreme Rules and Payback respectively, were two quality matches despite the finish.

Then at Battleground, Owens and Cena met for a third time and brought in a 4 and a 1/4 star rating from Dave Meltzer. And his match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam was one of the highlights of the show.

That doesn’t even include the number of classics that Cena brought to us on Monday Night RAW during the United States Championship Open Challenge. Cena turned in matches against Stardust, Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Neville that were the top highlight of RAW that night.

Cena brought some legitimacy to the United States Championship and it’s division each week by allowing those other superstars to showcase their talents. It was what allowed Cesaro to get back into the spotlight, sparring the Cesaro Section that we see every week.

2015 may be some of Cena’s best work, turning in quality matches each week, bringing in new offense and moves and making the United States Title mean something again.

There are a number of other superstars that could be in consideration for Superstar of the Year, but the work that Cena has put in deserves to be praised.

John Cena’s 2015 has been a reinvention of his career. Defeating Rusev at WrestleMania may have turned some people off, but the performances from Cena since then have been some classics. And there are still four months in the year for Cena to cement himself as the superstar of the year.

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