Former 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena has been the face of World Wrestling Entertainment for well-over a decade now, and for the majority of that time, wrestling fans have been begging for him to turn heel.
In the past, the argument against turning Cena heel has always been that no other WWE star could replace him as the face of the company. But now, WWE is clearly trying to make Roman Reigns into what Cena has been during the majority of his professional wrestling career, and if they’re successful, then an opportunity to finally turn Cena heel would open up. But, even if the opportunity was there, it doesn’t look like Cena would take it.
The former United States Champion recently spoke with Rolling Stone about his recovery, and whether or not he’d ever consider turning heel. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Mr. Cena is interested in becoming a bad guy.
“Look, your job as a superstar is to manipulate the audience and try to tell your story. I like the dynamic of the audience. Every single night it’s different. But what’s weird is that I’m a good guy because of all the kids and parents who like me, and a bad guy because I won’t turn heel, which actually makes me both good guy and bad guy in one person.”
Cena’s answer to Rolling Stone’s “would you turn heel?” question is a lot different from the one he gave Chris Jericho when he appeared on “Y2J’s” podcast last year, where he said that WWE was considering turning him during his first feud with The Rock back in 2011, and that he would be open to being a heel, as long as somebody else could successfully fill his shoes as the face of WWE.
So far, Roman Reigns hasn’t been able to successfully take John Cena’s spot. But, that doesn’t mean that he won’t be able to in the future.
There was some talk of having John Cena face Roman Reigns at this year’s WrestleMania before the injury-plague in WWE forced the company to pair Reigns with Triple H at the event.
Cena has been the face of WWE’s PG-era, which is one of the reasons why he’s such a polarizing figure. But, in the Rolling Stone piece, he noted that he misses the TV-14 days, and he also said that the thing he misses the most is guys being allowed to bleed in their matches.
“I’m a 38-year-old man. I’d much rather it be a program geared toward me, whether that’s TV-14 or sometimes even more graphic than that, which is what I like.
“And now, if someone starts to bleed, the referee intervenes to stop the bleeding. But before, you’d just let it fly. Blood is one of the things that made fights cool. The blood is one thing I miss.”
The referees stopping matches because of accidental bleeding has become quite a big issue among WWE fans, and it really became a big issue at this past month’s NXT Takeover: Dallas show, when Samoa Joe was busted open during his NXT Title match with Finn Balor, and the referee interrupted the match five times because of a cut under Joe’s eye.
Referees have also attempted to stop Brock Lesnar from continuing with his matches after he’s been busted open, but Lesnar always ends up tossing the officials aside, and continuing on with his match.
Blood has been banned in WWE since the late-2000s. But, the company just recently experimented with fake blood packets in the Roman Reigns vs. Triple H storyline. So, we may be seeing more of that in the future.
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