Rock vs. Cena: Analyzing their signature maneuvers

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March 27, 2013

Attitude Adjustment

  • Technical name: Standing fireman’s carry takeover
  • Strengths: Thanks to the nigh-unmatched power of the 10-time WWE Champion, a deceptively simple maneuver has become one of the most feared, debilitating attacks in all of WWE. Once John Cena jettisons his victims from the fireman’s carry position, it’s no 10-story drop from his shoulders to the mat, but the Cenation leader punctuates the attack by hoisting his foes higher into the air instead of just dumping them off his shoulders, amateur-wrestling style. The added boost increases velocity and, because Cena keeps his opponents’ necks hooked until the very last minute, sends the Superstar down to the mat with a bent back, making the impact all the more formidable. Even The Rock would admit: The maneuver packs quite a punch.
  • Weaknesses: For all its simplicity, the Attitude Adjustment is a difficult move to escape. If a Superstar is to evade Cena’s signature slam, it must be done quickly and fluidly, sliding off Cena’s shoulders before he has time to lock in the fireman’s carry hold. This also leaves Cena open to attack from the rear, so a Superstar must also have his follow-up attack ready to go if he’s lucky enough to avoid the AA. If you possess the athleticism of, say, Dolph Ziggler, writhing free of the maneuver mid-fall is not out of the question either. Barring that, however, it’s best to follow the advice of old-school flight attendants should you find your attitude about to be adjusted: Put your head between your knees and kiss your you-know-what goodbye.

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