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If Taker streak ends, Cena would be guy to do it

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Justin LaBar hosts Wrestling Reality Tuesdays at 2 p.m. on TribLIVE Radio. He is the producer and host of online video wrestling talk show Chair Shot Reality. He's been featured on NBC Sports recognized as a leading analyst in wrestling. You can also see him at independent wrestling shows around the country as he frequently makes guest host appearances.

By Justin LaBar

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 10:51 p.m.

Wrestling fans can submit questions on Twitter by using the hashtag #TribWrestling or email me during my radio show Tuesdays at 3 p.m. on TribLIVE sports radio.

@SteveSobs what are your thoughts on a Taker vs Cena “I Quit Match” at Mania? Streak vs Never Give Up #TribWRESTLING

I think John Cena is one of the only opponents left we must see battle The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

It's a match that will draw a lot of money, and Cena might be the only believable person who could make the audience think he will end the undefeated WrestleMania streak.

Let me be clear: I don't think the streak should ever end, but if it were going to, it should be Cena ending it. At this point, ending the streak is too big to give to some young buck in hopes it will launch his career. That is way too risky and not a gamble worth taking.

Imagine if that young talent who got that accolade of beating The Undertaker's streak, something so many legendary names couldn't do, didn't reach the potential and fizzled out. This would be a slap in the face to the streak and The Undertaker if it were used as a rub for someone who didn't live up to full potential.

If Cena retired the next day after beating The Undertaker, he would go down as one of the most accomplished wrestlers ever. There is no gamble in having him stop The Undertaker's streak because he is clearly a worthy name in the wrestling history books.

I don't think the streak should end, but I do think this match that's presented is very marketable and eventually must be booked.

@KevdebZ When was the last time the IC/US Title were relevant? Actual stepping stones for a superstar? #TribWRESTLING

I would say the most traditional launch we've seen from the Iintercontinental Title would be Jeff Hardy in 2006 and 2007. Hardy was a guy who came up via a tag team and then broke away as a singles star. He finally got the famous mid-card title and this would lead into him being a main event world title guy. His path was very traditional, following the one Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and others traveled.

The most recent traditional launch we've seen from the United States Title is The Miz winning it in 2009 and holding it for seven months. This gave credibility to him and complemented his improved ring skills. After this run, it led to The Miz as WWE Champion appearing at WrestleMania in the main event that featured John Cena and The Rock.

These titles don't do what they used to do for a career. Now, it can be viewed as doom by carrying one of the mid-card titles around. It seems losing non-title matches on television becomes a regular thing. The main event features recycled top names leaving recycled mid-card names occupying the Intercontinental and United States titles.

@2reel4you #TribWrestling for such a well executed feud so far, why isn't the crowd connecting w/ Sandow/Cody yet ?

I think the crowd is reacting the way it should with the feud.

This feud is interesting because it allows the heel in Damien Sandow to show his best talents during the build, and Cody Rhodes to shine during the payoff match. This means that while Sandow is cutting obnoxious promos and screaming about how he can't swim — the audience is meant to build up anticipation.

The crowd will pop for Rhodes when redemption comes during an entertaining match with the arrogant heel. Whether that's at SummerSlam or another future pay-per-view, we will soon find out.

The good thing is the audience knows the story. The two were paired together for a lengthy amount of time and the breakup was teased with the right pace. The issues boiled over during a big moment at Money in the Bank, and the feud has been rolling ever since. Everything up to this point has been done right.

We have to remember that these two characters really haven't ever had solid singles feuds. Rhodes was always in a group with partners, and Sandow is still new to the main roster as a singles star. So much of his time on the main roster was in a team with Rhodes. This is the first time the audience has had to rely on each of these guys to hold his own on each side of the storytelling.

So far, I think they've done a good job and I'm intrigued to what happens next.

 

 

 
 


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