I can never understand how people think Cena is a bad wrestler, yet he pumps out some of the best matches literally every year.
Because over the years, thanks in large part to the internet & a hive mind mentality, there's now a mutually agreed upon definition of "in-ring talent" which is more about technical ability & move execution (or even moves themselves, as if quantity equals quality). We're in an ADD era where people want instant gratification & if a match goes more than 15 minutes it's hitting the "boring" mark. In a world of streaming videos, downloadable shows, and DVR no one has any patience anymore, so you can't slow burn something because it makes people lose interest.
Things like psychology, which used to have a definition, have now just become a buzzword, which when pressed for an explanation you won't get one. Someone will either defend or detract a wrestler, throw around words like psychology or "overness" & think they sound smart without having a clue what they're talking about. Or to them, the whole of psychology is working over a limb & the other guy selling it. Pro-wrestling is a lost art but it's not lost by the performers, it's lost on the fans.
Guys like Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit & Rey Mysterio changed the game in the eyes of the fans...and they were (or still are in the case of Mysterio) great but if, as an example, you try to point out the flaws of a Shawn Michaels or Chris Jericho, the hivemind buzzes & you're flamed to high-hell because it's just engrained into the minds of internet fans what is or isn't good, with no one actually questioning anything or forming their own opinions anymore. So eventually, posters either "go with the flow" or leave until you're left with a scenario where the majority agree and the minority either speaks up a lot less or gets labeled a troll. You can't have any good discussion when every other reply is a gimmick poster, a troll, someone flaming you or someone bitching that you wrote too much. 95% of the people on the internet are stupid, just like 95% of the world and that doesn't change if you go to a wrestling forum.
There's a lot to being great. There's not just one way to be great, or one style to work that is great, or one way to be booked that is great. John Cena is great and by the time WWE is done, validity or not, history will be written that he is one of the best of all-time
. I think people are aware of that & I think it ruffles feathers because a lot of wrestling fans don't want to put him into the top echelon with other greats from the past like Austin, Rock or Hogan. But how great were they & how much of it is just rose-colored nostalgic glasses from a fondly remembered childhood? WWE has already proven that their revisionist history works, look at all the misinformation spreading about WCW...and it will just get worse over time.
A lot of it also just comes down to general pro-wrestling knowledge & exposure. If you started watching WWE in the Attitude Era, grew up during Russo-era crash TV & have never watched anything outside of what was available on American basic cable packages, you're not going to have the same views & opinions of someone that has been watching since the 80's that has watched Puro, Lucha & everything else. People want to defend what they're familiar with and what they remember fondly. People from The Rock era will say that the Hogan era was better. People from the Cena era will say that The Rock era was better. And in fifteen years or so, the people from then will say that the Cena era was better.
There's seemingly an unwritten rule where if you're fat, tall or in the main event that you're somehow less good than the under-utilized mid-carder & it's just preposterous. John Cena is easily one of the best on the entire roster but if you read online that "CENA SUCKS!" every single day, and every time you try to question it or make a case against it you're browbeat, how long until you just give up?
"No, seriously, why does he suck? He has great matches, etc."
"cause he lacks psychology & can't execute moves plus half the crowd boos him lol"
"Do you even know what psychology is?"
"lol troll...CENA SUCKS!"