The latest WWE rumors focus on the strong discussion that is being had over John Cena turning heel. The 39-year-old wrestling star is on another break from the wrestling ring. However, there’s been constant talk of doing something big with Cena. One of those big things is pushing him towards Ric Flair’s World Championship record. The other move would be turning the longtime “good guy” into a “bad guy” to really disrupt the landscape of the pro wrestling world.
According to Forbes in their recent report, WWE creative wants a Cena heel turn to really shake things up. It’s constantly being discussed according to sources. The idea would be to do something similar to the turn Hulk Hogan made which shocked the world. However, the head honcho Vince McMahon has been strongly against the idea of Cena reverting to a heel every time it is brought to his attention. Cena is one of the few wrestling stars that has stayed face over the past decade, while his colleagues seem to swap back and forth. They include stars like Randy Orton, Big Show, Chris Jericho, and even Cena’s girlfriend Nikki Bella.
The WrestleZone website indicated that John Cena was scheduled to participate in his last event for some time as of Saturday night. The live event, a WWE house show, was scheduled to take place at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. After this event, Cena was said to be taking time off to film the newest season of “American Grit.” Meanwhile, could it give WWE creative some more time to work on a plan for Cena? Will they ever turn him heel and does it make sense to do so?
Cena has been the constant face or “good guy” for years now. In fact, it’s hard to remember back to when he really dropped his heel act. He used to be the Dr. of Thuganomics heel character, and that helped warm him up with a good bit of the fanbase back in the day. The thug gimmick eventually faded away, and although Cena still embraces parts of the hip-hop culture with his character, it’s more about his ethics, professionalism, and morality than anything these days. He’s the guy that WWE wants parents to encourage their kids to be like as they grow older and the guy WWE wants at the forefront of media events.
Still, there’s no question that a heel change could rejuvenate both John Cena and WWE. The company always loves to do things big when it comes to WrestleMania. Next year’s edition should be no different. So far one match is really set, as Big Show will take on former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. There have been rumors of Cena going against The Undertaker if the “Deadman” is able to compete.
However, there’s also some speculation that maybe WWE will save a big John Cena vs. AJ Styles championship match for the event, where Cena finally is able to catch Flair’s all-time record. If WWE goes with the Cena vs. Taker match, could this big a huge moment where it’s a career-ending match and Cena turns heel to end the Deadman’s time with WWE?
That could certainly work, and it did so in a way for Brock Lesnar. It brought some major heat against “The Beast” for ending Taker’s legendary undefeated streak. It gave Lesnar’s mouthpiece Paul Heyman the continual talking point that his client accomplished that feat that nobody else ever could.
For Cena, it would be a continued bragging point that he one-upped what Lesnar did and actually got rid of Undertaker from the ring. However, it might be a little too much for turning Cena heel. A double-cross by Cena against another beloved superstar on the roster might also do the trick while lessening future hatred against him. Perhaps a Cena heel turn could even help a star finally break out in terms of more popularity with the fans.
Consider a situation where Cesaro is finally about to win the major championship, only for Cena to stab him in the back. Fans have wanted Cesaro in that title picture again for a while. Cena could even cost someone newer to the main roster, like Finn Balor, the championship. It would make him despised, while helping to elevate the face character to even greater popularity, possibly. WWE is in need of future stars and Cena could certainly help beyond just losing matches to the newer guys on the roster.
Whatever goes down, WWE’s creative team certainly needs to tread cautiously as Cena has been one of the biggest draws for audiences at live events, and also one of the best in terms of merchandise sales. Still, there’s no arguing the fact that if Cena suddenly did something shocking out of nowhere, it would shake up the WWE Universe and get people highly interested in the product.
WWE fans do you feel a John Cena heel turn is needed before or at WrestleMania? Will Cena ever take on the villain role again during his career?
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