I’m piggybacking on Eric G’s article about how the heels have fared after feuding with John Cena. I agree with him for the most part. Generally someone who has potential top heel appeal like Rusev and Kevin Owens will get their bumps and losses against an established superstar. That will then clear their path to becoming a top heel within the company. Based on Eric’s article that hasn’t happened recently and I agree that something needs to be done about it.
That hamster in my head had was spinning its and me thinking what would wake up the professional wrestling and draw so much more interest? The answer? Make John Cena a heel.
My wrestling friends told me in the past it would never happen. He’s so popular but at the same time he has his own little niche of heels that’s by the “John Cena Sucks” chants when his music’s played. A good company knows how to use its assets to their benefit. John Cena is their biggest piece of gold on their roster. He’s a dedicated WWE employee. Kids love him, and Cena will bend over backwards for the WWE.
Impossible? Remember nineteen years ago this coming summer where a superstar turned heel that sent shockwaves throughout the world or professional wrestling? That wrestler was Hulk Hogan. He turned on his good friend Randy Savage, formed the NWO, and basically spat in the face of the past and those fans and kids supporting Hogan. Hogan told those kids to train, say your prayers, and eat your vitamins to stick it.
His character needed a jolt and the heel turn far exceeded its expectations. The point is Hogan became WWE champion on January 23, 1984 and over the next decade put made professional wrestling mainstream. His act was getting stale into the nineties and really needed a change. The best to liven it up was becoming a heel. In fact, Hogan became the biggest heel in all of professional wrestling at that time.
Turning John Cena will bring the casual viewers back and stir up discussions over the internet. It’s a win-win because the current Cena haters will either hate him more or join him. The kids and ladies will boo him loudly. The one caveat is that he should not be included in The Authority and claim that he literally carried the WWE on his back while trashing the “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” motto telling kids it was all false hopes letting everyone know he is the WWE since he became a WWE champion in the early 2000’s.
I’m hoping somewhere down the road John Cena turns heel. If not, so be it. But if John Cena does turn heel, I would say what Ric Flair said almost 30 years ago “Whether you like it or don’t like it, sit down and look at it….”
I would like that.