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If the "next John Cena" is currently on the roster, it's really a guessing game beyond those few. How do you even predict magic? I'm not sure it's possible. But it's fun to try.
Ryback is too one-dimensional.
I wouldn't give Justin LaBar the satisfaction of including Dean Ambrose, even if I do enjoy his mic work.
Sandow is great, but won't make it to the very top with that gimmick. He'd at least have to tame it down considerably.
I wonder if the PG world is even conducive to breeding a new super-superstar. Rock got over when he started saying "candyass" and "poontang pie". Austin, flipping birds and beating up his boss. Cena started getting over when he let crowds yell vulgarities at the end of his "raps".
Oh, and Punk became an overnight sensation when he called Triple H a doofus, Stephanie an idiot and basically said Vince should die.
Mind you, that was in a PG environment.
Curse words, crotch-chops and middle fingers might not be needed to get over, but a certain sense of edginess is, I think. A "cool" factor is required and it's not the same as it was in the 80's, 90's and dare I say early-2000's even.
John Cena still has time, but it's never too early to start looking. And worst-case scenario, you fall a little short and end up with the next Triple H or Randy Orton.
Finding the stars of tomorrow is always crucial in pro wrestling, which leads me to a new project starting up that I have agreed to work on. It's a site about the independent scene and the great stars, promoters and promotions involved.
It's a huge task and the site is currently seeking more writers. They are also looking for promoters and indy wrestlers to send in profiles for the extensive database they want to include, plus some other features they are looking to do.
If you are an indy wrestler, promoter, or you're interested in contributing to the site in some way, email
Who do you think is the next John Cena?
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