“Why’d He Turn Into Nate Diaz”-WWE Legend Shane Helms Trolls John Cena

Published 03/16/2021, 11:52 AM EDT


WWE legends such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, and The Undertaker have had phenomenal careers that speak for themselves. Working in the industry for decades, they have truly cemented their legacies as all-time greats. 

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Despite their huge accomplishments in the field, sometimes they don’t get credit for it. But sometimes, they really didn’t get their dues when it came to video games. 

In the good old days where graphics weren’t top-notch, there were WWE video games that were overly ambitious. Sharing an example was our resident superhero “Hurricane” Shane Helms, who joked that John Cena’s character in one of the games looked like UFC fighter Nate Diaz! 

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Although there have been few comparisons between Cena and Diaz, the two did look nearly the same at one point in their careers, probably back when Cena was in his rapper persona. 

Admittedly, a heel John Cena considerably slimmer would resemble Nate Diaz to some extent, and if it comes to video games, there really would be little separating the two due to their similar facial structures. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Nate Diaz of the United States fights against Jorge Masvidal (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

WWE has not been too successful with video games

WWE’s recent video games have come under severe backlash due to the lags and glitches in the gameplay. There have been many instances where Superstars’ faces have got distorted and even bent weirdly. 

Some complain that the game often lags and the glitches ruin the spontaneous action that is expected of a game like this one. To answer this, WWE decided to enter a new approach and take a step back by taking a step forward. 

In 2020, the company announced the release of WWE2K Battlegrounds which makes the character animated figures rather than ambitiously trying to go for graphically perfect replicas of Superstars.

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The character would retain their signature movies but would perform with a magical element to make it a lot more competitive. Furthermore, the variety of iconic WWE layouts such as the Swamp Fight made this game a hit. 

There have been far fewer negative reviews, and fans have actually enjoyed playing 2K Battlegrounds. They now eagerly await WWE and 2K’s partnership in the next big game. 

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WWE may try recreating the nostalgia of the iconic SmackDown vs Raw series, which would surely work to its advantage. Until then, Shane Helms will have to do with Nate Cena. 

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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