John Cena by no means turned heel in WWE after turning into a extremely popular face round Survivor Sequence in 2003.
That’s a very long time to be working as a babyface and 16 world title reigns adopted.
Through the years, followers have complained about Cena’s stale character. Realizing the charisma he possesses and simple high quality on the mic, many followers wished to see WWE’s resident Superman flip heel to freshen issues up.
Cena is in Hollywood extra nowadays, however he solely actually made the transition from full-time performer two years in the past. That’s a hell of a run as a superb man.
Former WWE author Matt McCarthy appeared on the We Watch Wrestling podcast and spoke about what Vince McMahon noticed in Cena being a heel and why finally it didn’t occur.
“Vince stored making an attempt to determine how can we do like a Bret Hart factor? The place he’s a heel in some locations, however he’s a babyface in the remainder of the locations. Cena was like, ‘If I’m going heel, I wish to go full heel,’ and it did get shut sufficient to the purpose the place, and I’m certain he nonetheless has this gear, like Cena had gear made for the heel flip, you realize? Now not the jorts.”
“I don’t know what the gear was, however he had particular gear made prepared and ready after which clearly we all know it by no means occurred, and there was a degree within the discussions the place it was like, ‘Properly, the people who find themselves gonna cheer him are going to proceed to cheer him and the people who find themselves gonna boo him, are simply gonna hold booing him.’ So the considering was, that’s essentially the most heelish factor he can do is to remain that chicken, smiling, pure babyface.”
Cena has spoken previously about wanting to show heel throughout this profitable feud with The Rock. The pair met at WrestleMania 28 and 29, nevertheless it was at all times a face versus face battle with the WWE title on the road within the second assembly.
For context, Bret Hart was beloved in his house nation of Canada, however he was despised in America throughout the apex of his run with The Hart Basis in 1997.
How McMahon thought that may work with all-American John Cena isn’t clear. Regardless of WWE portraying it as combined reactions on the time, Cena was fairly universally booed for a lot of years.
And that was by no means indicative of his expertise or of the respect the followers could or could not have had for him – it was purely their need to see one thing contemporary in his character.
Cena is now rumoured to be making a return to WWE for SummerSlam on August 21 in Las Vegas. WWE are returning to touring in July and SummerSlam goes to be their first full stadium present because the Coronavirus pandemic started.