On the New Year's Eve edition of Raw last year, John Cena promised that after all his failures in 2012, that 2013 would be his year.
Well, his year is now most likely over due to his incoming triceps surgery, which will apparently keep him out until Mania season.
Now, I'd say that this year was somewhat of a mixed bag for Cena. He started it off great, with his second Rumble win, an amazing match of the year candidate with CM Punk, and some equally amazing promo work with The Rock. That was all capped off at WrestleMania when he achieved probably the biggest victory of his career by finally beating The Rock clean, bringing a two-plus year rivalry to a close in a match that got very mixed reviews.
Things started to go downhill from there, as a reign that I had hoped would be on par with his 2007 reign wasn't exactly that. His feud with Ryback showed promise at the start but became very mediocre very quickly, and while their Extreme Rules match was very good, their Payback match wasn't so much.
Then he had a feud with Henry that really only had one standout moment, that being Henry's fake retirement speech, and was capped off by a fairly cringeworthy match in which they tried to make us believe, yet again, that Cena couldn't lift a big guy.
But then he redeemed the reign a bit at the end with a very nice feud and match with Daniel Bryan, ending in him passing the torch that The Rock gave him at Mania to Bryan, to become the company's number one babyface in his absence.
So where does Cena go when he comes back? He's getting older, and while he can still get it done in the ring, the injuries are really catching up with him. There's no clear direction for him at Mania like there was last year. I'd love to see the Undertaker match finally happen, but I just don't know if it's in the cards.
But even beyond that, does he immediately re-assume the mantle of being the top guy? Or will Bryan truly become the Rock to Cena's Austin, and maintain equal footing with him for the long haul?
Also, what are your thoughts on Cena's year now that, for the time being, RTime=Over?