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It’s Time for Good Cena to Go Bad…


The notion of turning John Cena from a babyface to a heel is one that frequently comes up. The weekly split reactions serve as a constant reminder. WWE teased that possibility a few times, most notably when John became a part of the Nexus. But it never came to be. I suspect this is more because of what Cena wants versus what WWE wants, though I admit that I have no inside knowledge either way.

As for why I’d suspect Cena is adamantly against a heel turn? This past RAW served as just another reminder-his passionate speech about the WWE wearing pink for breast cancer. If it’s not his work with Susan G. Komen, then you have his oft-mentioned Make A Wish efforts. It’s really hard to imagine him being the public face of WWE efforts for either of these charities if he becomes the company’s top heel. I commend him for his support, I do. But, perhaps he needs to take a step away from these. It’s not like we’ve never seen another superstar in a promotional bit for a charity or cause, even after he/she turned heel. Pretty sure that applies to Big Show, though when you’ve been flip-flopped as much as he has, it’s understandable.

In this case, I say make the clean break. Let a younger, newer face like Daniel Bryan, or Dolph, or Cody Rhodes-anyone, really-to step in, so you can take the turn so many feel you have to take.

The comparison I will make is the easy one. While I am not saying I see Cena at the same level as Hogan, he is this era’s closest to Hogan, in terms of how he’s put out there. From the titles to his endorsement deals, to being one of the top merchandise sellers and polarizing the fans, he is the WWE’s current Hogan-esque star. But, as we all know, even after a while, Hogan had to turn on all of his vitamin-eating, demandment-saying Hulkamaniacs because-stop me if this sounds familiar-it was good for business. Make no bones about it, the nWo angle was huge for WCW, and turning Hogan heel to push nWo into the stratosphere was a historic decision. He was someone who fans thought they’d never ever see turn. But, turn he did, and I doubt he lost many fans from that move. Besides, it’s not like he hasn’t put on the red and yellow tights since then and gotten huge pops….

So, why now? Why Cena? Ignoring the split crowd chants week in and week out, look at the WWE heel landscape. You have Orton, presumably the top wrestling heel, as champion, and he’s about as over as a dead fish. You have The Shield, and while they get heat and interest, they’ve been around a year now and I can’t see them rising to be the monster heels that will illicit the needed crowd response. Del Rio? There’s a reason why he’s not the title holder anymore. The Wyatts are legit heels, and they look to have a new program with Bryan and Punk, but until that progresses, there’s no way you’d call them the top WWE heels right now. Other than Orton? Your top heels are Triple H and Stephanie. And you really need a wrestler to be top heel, IMHO. Brock could be a monster heel, but he doesn’t want (or need) a full time schedule.

Turn Cena, and those split cheers will unify against him, he will have heat wherever he goes, and he will instantly become the number one heel in the company, without question. And, more importantly, it would give a fresh spin to so many angles and matches and just provide a breath of fresh air all around.

Will it happen? We keep hearing the rumors and the rumblings, but it hasn’t yet happened. I won’t ever say it’ll never happen, but I fear that it won’t. And for that, I blame John Cena being narrow-minded (with an honorable mention to Stephanie, Hunter and Vince, because surely their egos enjoy being the top heels without needing to wrestle). Someone in WWE creative just needs to get in Hunter’s ear and keep saying “its good for business“. Maybe, just maybe, it will sink in.

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  • It´s been time for Cena to go heel since the Nexus storyline but Vince doesnt have the balls to turn Cena heel. Vince is too much of a chicken shít to do it. I´m so damn sick of Cena that even if he does turn heel i will still dislike him because he´s the most overrated wrestler of all time.

  • PlanoStu

    Sorry John, I disagree with you a bit. While it could be fun to have Cena recreate the “chain gang”, and return to rapping other superstars, your statement that he will be universally booed is not believable. In my opinion m it is in fact the demented half who chant “Cena sucks”, that will actually cheer him in the bad guy role.

  • Phiruse

    Well if Cena stays on Smackdown and most of the fans move on towards to DB, Punk, Cody & Goldust, Big E, Ziggler (I prefer him as a heel.) and/or Reigns, Cena would no longer need to be face. If the WWE is planning to take Cena off the face of the WWE and have multiple people be the face of the WWE, then this heel turn could possibly work. It’s that WWE needs to learn how to take a risk.

  • Tsall13

    Bottom line is that the only way Cena becomes the number one heel and it actually works he has to end the streak… there’s no other option he has to much of a kid and girl fan base that only cares about him being superman and looking good with his shirt off and if Vince allows Cena to end it at Mania then it will accomplish everything the iwc wants which is turn him uber heel with all the hardcore and casual fans that will drowned out all the kid cheers and he will get boed out of every arena… he can’t turn this late in his career without something huge being the reason… Hogans heel turn was dramatic and amazing dropping the leg on his best friend at the time plus he delivered the best heel promo ever in the history of wrestling… but in my opinion he doesn’t deserve the streak and he will be boring as an unbeatable heel… fans will get bored and demand a quick face turn not giving him the required time to make it work…

    • Reverend Scurvy

      Turning him heel would be easy. All he’d have to do is take out Bryan or Punk in a title match vs. Orton. The idea that he’d have to carry on the unstoppable Superman persona as a heel is as ridiculous as…Okay. It’s as ridiculous as the way Cena has been treated for his entire career and as ridiculous as the way WWE has handled Bryan. So, yeah. You’re probably right.

      • andrew

        or you could have cena (whc) vs bryan (wwe champ) at wrestlemania to unify the titles, bryan wins, cena shakes bryans hand then gives him an attuide adjustment, beats him up ringside then outs bryan through the announces table. in a perfect would cena would then become a massive heel while bryan becomes an even bigger face.

  • jcice13

    it’s time to turn cena????? give me a break, that time has come and gone, my God how many legitimate chances were there just a few years ago, vs rock, vs punk, or better yet when punk walked out to turn him and cena together as outsiders. and to all of those who think that because WWE is pushing their new flavor of the month and soon there will be lots of fans faces? forget it, it ain’t happening soon, get over it, learn to live with it or change the channel, cause cena ain’t turning any time soon, don’t like it? what can I tell you..oh wait I know exactly what to tell you…it’s a damn business people, I don’t know how many of you are business owners, but let me give you lesson one..MAKE MONEY, lesson two MAKE MONEY, lesson 3 give the people what they want or at least make them believe it’s good for them..Cena makes more money for vince than any 3 plus others in the company combined, someone here once wrote he made 100 mil in merchandise in a year for vince?? even if that number is 50% that’s right 50% off cena made vince 50 mil. now I don’t know how many of you know how inexpensive it is to do a shirt or a hat but at the volume that the WWE has that product total cost, and for a good shirt like a hands or gildan or fruit of the loom? with the printing. less than 2 bucks a pop what’s vince sell them for? 25??? or they put some on sale for 15-20 bucks LOL. cena is not turning anytime soon you don’t run a publicly traded company and make that decision. YOU DO NOT. forget it’s wrestling, forget you don’t like him and forget that you’re tired of his persona and look at your checkbook and how you live, can you sustain a nice life with less that 50% of your earnings next year??? I doubt it

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  • KingBack

    Cena should not turn heel.
    WWE already have Orton as the major heel and who the hell could take over for Cena as ”The man”?
    Punk? Maybe but I doubt it.. Anyone else? No.

  • People who think Cena will never turn heel are nuts, absolutely nuts. Think of Hogan, he was on top of Wrestling as a face for like 9 or 10 years and was getting booed after a while (not nearly as much as Cena). Hogan was determined to not turn Heel (because of the little children, the hulkamaniacs) until after people convinced him, never in my life have I seen such a carbon copy career such as John Cena copying Hogan’s career. Cena will turn heel by 2015, mark it on your calendar so that you remember the day that the biggest star of this generation did a Hogan turn.

    It will happen, if it doesn’t… Cena is just the most selfish ass who ever got into Pro Wrestling. It would sustain Cena for another 10 years on top. Just. Like. Hogan.

  • Devon

    Cena should have turned heel in like 2008.

  • Janek Bezcenny

    Cena will never turn heel , why ? Because when somebody talks about (and makes fun of that) heel turn on live TV and in the interview IMO that he’ll never turn . Let’s be honest , im very big Cena fan and i really want to turn him heel but only because i never see him in a bad role live . If John Cena will turn heel ? I don’t think so but who knows , Hogan said “Never Say Never In Wrestling” meaby he was wrong .

  • Reverend Scurvy

    Cena will never be a heel because the WWE won’t allow it. He’s the face of the PG era. It’s not because he’s such a swell guy. He’s clearly a selfish tool. He’s not the highest paid wrestler and the face of the company because he gives all of the speeches and grants all of the wishes. It’s the other way around. He does all of those things because that’s his job. Cena will not be a heel until he’s too old or broken to wrestle. Then, they MIGHT consider making him a heel manager. That would, of course, require script writing for him, but he can deliver scripted BS as well as anyone. He’s been delivering the almost identical BS for the better part of the past decade.

  • Charles Smith

    I don’t think the split crowd would unanimously boo Cena, on the contrary if he turned heel I think a lot of the people who boo him would cheer. The kids would boo but those who are sick of seeing the good guy would cheer that he finally changed his tune. Maybe change his wardrobe. Do it for a year or 2 then give him a month off, “injury”, then have him make his triumphant return as a good guy.

  • JH

    I don’t think it’s as much of Vince being afraid, so much as Cena’s passion for make a wish, and other charities. If he turns heel the number of kids days he makes with make a wish drops significantly, if he’s on tv every week doing bad things he’s not going to get tapped by charities and networks. And I don’t think it’s a selfish move to stay babyface either, he’s worked his ass off to be in the position he’s in and has earned the right to be the face of the WWE.

    Did he get there with the help of being Vince’s guy? Of course he did, but how many other guys have you heard about Vince being high on, and pushing to the moon and ultimately dropping the ball? Tons.

    I’m not a big Cena fan, I go along with Cena sucks chants at every event I attend, but I respect the dude for what he is, the hardest working man in the business. If he wants to stay babyface, he’s earned that right.

  • tt2000

    It’s not Cena’s call. WWE wants him to be a face for a huge number of reasons, the most important one being that they don’t believe anyone in the current roster can fill his void and be the money maker he is. In my opinion, CM Punk is the only one who’s even close but he can’t be THE guy due to his edgy personality.

  • John

    He should of turned heel after he lost to The Rock at WrestleMania 28

  • puckdinah1

    It’s very overdue, actually. I feel like we’ve been waiting for this for years….

  • TheHotDogKing1

    Watch as soon as they turn him heel, everyone will start to love him!!

  • Jeremy

    Don’t quit your day job.

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