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The Weekly SLAM!: Hard-working Cena
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Mr. Cena, we salute right back. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis, www.photography514.com

Hello everybody and welcome to The Weekly SLAM!, our look at the week that was in professional wrestling. I'm your host Matt Bishop and will be here each week to guide you though the sport we all know and love. So without any further ado, let's get this party started!

Love him or hate him, there's no denying John Cena's hard work.

Even with a recently surgically repaired elbow, Cena was still out working this week on Monday Night Raw, even managing to drop a pipe bomb of his own on WWE Champion CM Punk despite having an arm in a sling.

Cena's work ethic is something that puts him head and shoulders above anyone else in WWE right now. There's something to be said for how selfless he is, working extensively with the Make A Wish Foundation and now the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. I realize this is probably not something the legions of anti-Cena fans want to hear, but it needs to be said.

I've never been a big Cena fan myself, mainly because I find his childish ways to be off-putting, but there's no denying that when he goes into his serious mode, like he did during an in-ring segment with CM Punk and Bret Hart a few weeks back in Montreal, that he is the best performer in the company bar none.

And for as much as people want to bag on him with the "you can't wrestle" chants, Cena is more than delivering on his end of bargain in his main event matches.

I'm not going to begrudge anyone who wants to boo Cena, that's their prerogative, but it's time to start giving him the credit he has earned.

Match of the Week: AJ Styles & Kurt Angle vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez (Impact, Sept. 20)

This was a great tag team match with two face teams facing each other. All four men were able to work in their signature spots in a long match that opened Impact. Both teams worked up-and-down, hitting each other with just about everything but the kitchen sink. It was a very fun match, but unfortunately it had to end when the best team going today, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, ran in and attacked both teams.

This led Hulk Hogan to come out and put their titles on the line against the other two teams at Bound For Glory. Now THAT should be one heck of a match.

Kane plays keepaway with Daniel Bryan at Tuesday's Smackdown taping in Buffalo. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

Stars of the Week: Daniel Bryan & Kane

Featured on both Raw and Smackdown, Bryan and Kane have taken the concept of an odd couple tag team to the next level and it's only gotten more insane as each days go by. With the help of Dr. Shelby, the two are slowly but surely becoming even more friendly as they embark on a journey together as the WWE Tag Team Champions. For all the bad angles Kane has been involved in throughout his career (and there have been plenty) this is finally one of the good ones. These two are playing their roles to perfection and WWE is making Kane watchable and interesting for the first time in a long time. Kudos to all involved.

What To Watch For

TNA should be putting its foot to the gas this week on Impact as it pertains to building to Bound For Glory. … After confronting CM Punk to end Raw, is Ryback going to be taken to the next level? … With a month still to go until the next pay-per-view, will WWE take this time to start building some more wrestlers up (like Ryback) or will it be business as usual? … How will Cena continue to contribute to the program with his arm in a sling?

Tweets of the Week

Our first tweet comes to us from WWE United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, who comments on the National Football League and its situation with replacement referees:

@AntonioCesaro: As if the NFL wasn’t hokey enough before they added 2nd class referees… play real football (or rugby) like the rest of the world #USChampion

And then we have Steve Corino, who must've been incredibly bored Wednesday afternoon:

@SteveCorino: Major League 3 may be the worst baseball movie ever. Just awful.

YouTube of the Week

I love YouTube. Oftentimes, I get sucked into the vortex that is wrestling videos on YouTube. You start out watching classic Macho Man promos and six videos later, you're watching Flyin' Brian Pillman and "Stunning" Steve Austin win the WCW tag team titles. So each week, I'll present something out of the vast library of videos found on YouTube.

This week's contribution comes to us from the Summer of 2004 at an edition of Monday Night Raw from Winnipeg and features Chris Jericho, Ric Flair and others playing musical chairs.

Plug of the Week

Each week, we'll also take the time to plug something wonderful that you can buy in the SLAM! Wrestling Store. This week, we feature ROH - The Summer of CM Punk Double DVD Set. This two-disc set gives you some of the best matches in CM Punk's Ring of Honor career. See him before he came to WWE in matches against Samoa Joe, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries, TNA World Tag Team Champion Christopher Daniels and more! This is a must-have set for any CM Punk fan.

And on that note, thanks for reading The Weekly SLAM! We'll be back next week with another edition. See you then!

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@gmail.com. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.