Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Dec 2009
When John kissed AJ, was there consent given before-hand?
I'm sure many fans of Cena's swooned over it and wanted to be in her place and all that, but looking at it impartially, it seemed a tad creepy.
Cena pretty much just said "I hope you don't mind" and did it. Did anyone pick up on any cues from AJ that she wanted to be kissed? Could something like that be considered sexual assault (if it weren't scripted)?
I mean yeah, after the fact, AJ jumped him and did it twice as hard, but that's different because by initiating the kiss he gave nonverbal consent.
Obviously there is some double standards to being upset only about this situation. The way AJ jumped onto Kane and kissed him in the past was much more aggressive and she clearly did not get consent from him beforehand.
If we look at the power of the people involved though, it's a bit different. It's harder to perceive Kane as a victim because he's older, stronger, an established part of the roster. AJ is young, weak and still getting her career started.
Had she still been the GM it would be different if Cena kissed her because she could use her authority to punish him for it, but as a (low-ranking, in terms of ring record) diva, she doesn't really have any authority to see him punished for it.
Maybe this is bickering over scraps, because WWE obviously has many cases of assault that happen which would be prosecuted IRL, but usually (because in PG, sex is worse than violence) cases of sexual assault are less frequently done, and they tend to be subtle and with female aggressors.
People would not want to look at Cena as an aggressor here, but it's the most assertive I've seen a male superstar be with a female one in a long time, especially considering the current power imbalance.