There was once a man. He had ruthless aggression. He was something new. He soon began to rap. He disrespected top stars in the WWE. The people loved him. They cheered for him. He became their champion. He became the most popular star of the modern era. Children loved him. Women oogled him. Men thought he was pretty cool. He became a marine. He told the fans that he would never give up.
Today it’s pretty common for half of the crowd to boo John Cena. Sometimes even more than half. John Cena has moved from one of the most liked superstars to possibly the most polarizing wrestler of all time. WWE shows are filled with dueling chants. “Let’s go, Cena. Cena sucks!”
This is not the response that a face is supposed to get. Faces are the heroes of the wrestling world. John Cena gets more boos than the majority of the heels (villains) in the company.
The usual response would be to turn John Cena into a villain. The WWE likes to control their audience. They want to elicit the right response from the crowd. However that will never happen. John Cena will never turn heel for a number of reasons. (In the event that you’re reading this after John Cena has turned heel, prepare yourself as the end of the world must be near.)
If Cena turned heel who would he fight? How would he turn heel? If he attacks the Rock, it won’t make him look heel. The Rock has attacked Cena many times. It would just be seen as a response. If he attacks Punk, it would work better. I guess then you have him do a segment where he tells the fans why he did it and that he hates how they boo him when he busts his ass. That would be good, but where does he go from there? He faces CM Punk in a feud that just wouldn’t be as great this time around.
In their previous feud, Cena was already the villain without changing his character. He was the face of the WWE. Fans could get behind CM Punk or John Cena. I don’t think any of their matches would have benefited from Cena being heel. He already got the crowd reaction that a heel would get. After Punk, a heel John Cena has no one to fight on RAW. There’s no second big face after Punk. Would he fight Kofi Kingston or Zack Ryder? Those feud options don’t seem that interesting to me.
Like I stated earlier, Cena already gets boos so why turn him heel? If you turn him heel, he’ll only be hated by his fans now. The fans who boo him now would be indifferent because Cena gets a lot of his hate from being around all the time and winning a lot. His wins would go down as a heel, but I really feel like that portion of the audience just won’t ever be able to get over Cena’s overexposure and get behind him.
Alienating Cena’s fans is very dangerous. His merch sales are very high. People pay to see John Cena. CM Punk is getting up there, but he’s not at Cena’s level yet. He gets more cheers and he moves merchandise, but he’s not a Cena’s level of overexposure and I doubt he will ever reach it. CM Punk’s character is one that appeals to older wrestling fans. John Cena appeals to kids and parents which I think the WWE is really trying to target now.
John Cena also does the most Make a Wish foundation visits. I don’t think that it would be a good idea to turn him heel and end that stuff. I think what John Cena needs is a slight character change and to be less exposed. I think the WWE needs to be less afraid about having John Cena go to the mid card. I would love to see him and Zack Ryder be a tag team together to get that division started up again.