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John Cena Vs. AJ Styles: Should WWE Waited?

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Without being entirely privy to backstage information on creative angles, I can’t shake off the feeling that the WWE should have held off the AJ Styles versus John Cena program. Certainly not questioning the idea that these two are going to have a tremendous feud moving forward, and if the promo on the June 6th edition of Monday Night RAW is any indication of what’s to come, I say, keep it coming.

The pipebomb-ish back and forth was incredible, from both sides. Twitter erupted when AJ alluded to Cena at the fact that he may need shovel, because ‘guys like you, bury guys like me’; and John Cena’s point to Styles not being able to capture the WWE World Heavyweight title more recent, did sting. Regardless, the good news is, these two undeniably work well of each other and have chemistry; which is a very good sign for their upcoming match on the Money in the Bank (MITB) pay-per-view (PPV).

So, I’m not complaining about being entertained, but when you continually hear Michael Cole refer to their upcoming MITB bout as ‘Wrestlemania-worthy’, you can’t help but wonder why it wasn’t saved for let’s say, SummerSlam? There’s always the debate of why wait, right? If you have a solid program, that is sure to entertain, and keep fans tuned in, then why not press the button on it? Still, there is a strategy to all this, and while it’s great to see these two talents together in the ring, one can’t help but wonder, why now?

However, going one step beyond that, I also can’t help but wonder if this is all ‘too much, too soon’ for Styles … which was something I felt months ago when Styles was thrusted into the title race picture. He’s only been in the WWE, about six months ago. He’s gone from a program with Chris Jericho, which I thought was a great start, to going against Roman Reigns, and now John Cena. While I do think that Styles heel turn was a great move, and he makes a phenomenal ‘bad guy’; was pitting him against Cena, so early into his WWE main roster career, the best move? Whether or not he leaves the program as the ‘winner’, I’m not implying he’ll get buried, I honestly don’t think that is the case, but is being in the WWE main event picture a good thing, when you think of long term success for Styles. Really, where will Styles go, post-Cena feud? Back as a WWE World Heavyweight title contender? Will he continue to play with the main eventers? Or will he drop off to the mid-upper card level?

I’m hoping, he will continue to bounce between main event status, and upper-mid-card level; potentially landing in the title picture again.

Styles has been quite impressive since the moment he stepped into the WWE spotlight at the 2016 Royal Rumble. He’s over with audiences, he puts on some solid matches, he entertains … and he is simply, phenomenal. While it may seem like he is certainly climbing the WWE ladder quite quickly, he’s also got the experience in the industry to back him up.

So, if you have a program that works, and entertains, why wait? At the end of the day, the Cena/Styles feud could continue to evolve into something that is even bigger, come SummerSlam.

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    I think they should have waited until Summerslam. Makes it more intriguing and appealing but they want to do it now and I don’t really blame them. I don’t see AJ going back to the WWE Title picture for now because of the possibility of the ex-Shield guys feuding with each other for the title. I’m not really worried about where AJ might end up after this storyline since he has the ability to get himself over.

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    I think they could have gone other ways in eventually putting them in a program against each other. To me, the only good thing about putting them together is what you saw last week, when AJ gets to say the types of things he said, while Cena responds, and potentially the WWE crowd gaining more insight into who AJ Styles is, thereby getting him over with them more, assuming that it isnt a totally one sided program

    Hopefully, AJ will be featured the way he deserves to be. It looks like he is just going to get fed to Cena, after already being fed to fake Cena. With that being the case, I hope he gets to continue to “air grievances” towards him on the mic, and then put on another show before he gets beat clean after Cena takes out the BC….

    After he finishes his program with Cena, I could see him getting into something with guys like Ambrose, Steen, possibly Tyler Black, or even a returning Randy Orton, and then there is likely some sort of split between him and the BC, which will lead to another program for him for a few months. I think he’ll potentially win MITB next year, if he makes it through WWE politics ok until then…Of course, its hard to look too far into the future, with the brand extension coming up. That could change everything, depending on what exactly that will entail

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