Originally Posted by Iormungand
I agree with some bits of this post, but I disagree, looking back in the years it appears to me that more new talent got a chance to sink or swim. WWE has some decent new talent this year, some of it has been ruined with subpar gimmicks (Brodus Clay and Anthony Cesaro), and others were pushed too far too soon (Kozlov, Mason Ryan, and countless others). Now there are two particular fresh talents that are being pushed with care (Ryback and Damien Sandow) and I'd consider them worthy of a future career in the business.
I can't say much about the ruthless aggression period or a bulk of the PG Era, I stopped watching around 2002-03 so my opinion may lack credential. This is why I tend to give more slack when judging these wrestlers, and honestly niether Damien or Ryback have shown enough to condemn them. Did Ryback botch onces? Yeah, but tell me a wrestler who hasn't? Did Damien Sandow take a bump on his knees? Yeah, who gives a fuck? Does Brodus Clay's intro go on for too long? You bet, and I think they fucked him up further by dancing with children after every match.
However the biggest problem is the booking.
Anyhow, back on point, I really hate John Cena's pandering, it really insults my intelligence. and as for Punk's push it's not really that strong of a push and I am positive he was moving merch more than Cena was back in 2011 which really pokes a hole in your argument.
The credibility of the article is in question, I personally have no proof to refute or confirm the claims however it is something. Stop acting like he's such a failure, he's an entertaining performer in the ring and on the mic. How anyone could defend Cena's attrocious selling, bumping and outright pandering is something i imagine is in the realm of madness.
As I said, pandering is part of Cena's job as a face, every face do that.
Punk really received strong push, I don't know what Vince can do for him besides shooting to the company and breaking kayfabe must of the times.
Punk outsold Cena in merch only once, he couldn't continue to do that, plus, he never was draw. I'm not saying he's failure because apparently he's not, but he certainly is over-pushed, he may be entertaining for you, but not for me nor the other audiences who tune out every time he appears.