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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Cena/Khali is woeful only if you're invested in matches with impressive looking moves. Cena gives a superb babyface performance, constantly clawing and fighting for every scrap of offence, Khali is hopeless but a sub 10 minute match is perfect since it gives him enough time to look dominant but does so in a timely manner where the control segment doesn't drag horribly (it would have sucked horribly if it was 20 minutes, unless Cena goes above and beyond and Khali works a miracle to make his control interesting), the build to Khali finally getting tangled in the ropes giving Cena the one moment he's needed all match is just perfect pro wrestling and Cena's facial expression is just glorious. Seriously they capture the babyface/monster dynamic wonderfully, Cena's offence is faultless the entire match, he bumps above and beyond to get the crowd fully behind him and the whole match they build to his eventual comeback wonderfully. Its just an exceptionally smart match designed to get something extraordinary out of Khali, and really unless you're going into the match expecting incredible spots and awesome looking moves, I can't understand how such obvious psychology, pacing, build and intelligence in the match can be overlooked.
It was simply the best possible match they could have had, Rock/Cena wasn't even close to what both men are capable of and a lot of it was them foolishly being given 30 minutes and having little to no idea how to prolong the match. Whole middle section felt empty and just something to digest before 'THE BIG FINISH' and tbh matches like that these days regardless of crowd atmosphere and the magnitude will never grip me as much as something like Cena/Khali where not only does every moment in the match feel like part of the bigger picture of the match, but which is also worked wonderfully to give a very good (and great by Khali standards) match.
Whole thing just proves Cena v Mark Henry is one of the best matchups the company has never really attempted and are missing out bigtime on. If Cena can get that level of match out of an immobile Khali, then sparks will fly when he wrestles a guy with much greater offence and understanding of how to work a character like Henry possesses.