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#ThemeSongTuesday (6/28/16): 14 Years A (Not So) Bad, Bad Man



By this point, we all know the June 27, 2002 episode of SmackDown! contained a monumental event that would change the landscape of WWE for the decade to come: Lance Storm defeated Mark Henry in less than three minutes. Ah, you mean the other thing that happened? Right! Future 15-time World Champion and Wielder of Shovels John Cena, Ph.D made his debut, taking on Kurt Fucking Angle in his first ever televised match with WWE.

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In the truest sense of the phrase, it was all uphill for Cena from then on. Several—often one-sided—feuds and championship reigns more protected than Wall Street bankers later, we have one of the most instantaneously recognizable faces on the planet. We’ve already discussed his equally iconic theme, so to commemorate #14YearsOfCena, we take a look at what is, in my opinion, his greatest accomplishment. No, not his ability to deliver an entire statement to the press in Mandarin, nor his adorable relationship with Nikki Bella.

His shining achievement lies within his debut album “You Can’t See Me”. Track #10. “Bad, Bad Man.”



Forget the slightly homophobic, smack-talking heel Cena that actually existed early in his run; this was the heel Cena I wanted. Let the infectious hook speak for me:

“With the mic in my hands I'm a bad man
Even in a fight with the hands I'm a bad man
Livin in the streets all my life I'm a bad man
I'm a bad man, I'm a bad man”


This ruthless, unapologetic badassery is what “Bad, Bad Man” exudes and nails perfectly with the help of clever bars courtesy of Cena, his cousin/producer Tha Trademarc, and featuring artist Bumpy Knuckles.

“We all over the streets like your favorite sneaker
Breakin up your sound like a drive-through speaker”

“I rip rappers and take responsibility
for makin future hall-of-famers look third rate
Y'all are lost for words like conversation on your worst first date”

“My rhymes are sicker than gangrene in both feet
It's spreadin up the leg, and headed for the head”

After giving you a taste of what “Bad, Bad Man” offers in its quick, clever, fun-to-memorize verses, we encourage you to check out the music video above and share your thoughts on the track! Oh, and just for today, let's put down our pitchforks and celebrate 14 years of this bad, bad man.




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When he isn't writing Smark Henry's #ThemeSongTuesday column, Lorenzo Magnaye hosts the #HomeRun on 99.5 PlayFM. It's a good thing, too, since his childhood consisted mostly of watching professional wrestling and listening to his parents on the radio. He's only recently rekindled his love for the WWE, and has been trying to make up for missing out on everything post-WrestleMania XX by praying to Seth Rollins thrice a day. Follow him on Twitter: @RenzoSaurus!

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