Adult cancer patients don’t get to participate in the “Make-A-Wish” foundation. But if they did, I wonder how many of them who are wrestling fans would want to meet John Cena. Would he be the one person, over anyone else, they would ask to spend time with?
For whatever side you are on when it comes to Cena, and the millions who love him and hate him at the same time, it cannot be argued that his work outside the WWE is without approach. And for that reason, there is no reason to believe the 15-time world champion will ever take a walk on the dark side.
In reference to Paul Laska’s blog yesterday “Another Turn John Cena Heel Blog,” sorry, I have to disagree with you on this one.
Cena is as close to, if not more than, Hulk Hogan of this generation.
I agree with the majority of Laska’s comments and think there is some turn validity to them – especially this portion of his post…
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.
Here is where the difference becomes obvious between the two WWE superstars.
Cena holds those values as close to himself as a person – so it seems – than anyone else in the business. We don’t see the inside of Cena’s life, aside from E! Entertainment and a well-publicized divorce. Those things do not change who he is in the ring or how he works tirelessly for WWE.
Hogan’s show, “Hogan Knows Best” along with his book, “Hollywood Hulk Hogan” gave us a glimpse into how it was all about him. His bitching and moaning about his life as the champion and the relationship with Vince McMahon.
Two different eras, two different people. Two different concepts.
We can think about it, hope for it and debate it might be “what is best for business.” In the end, maybe we all should just live with the fact Cena is now closer to retirement than he is to the start of his career. He has made the company more money than most wrestlers who ever worked in a WWE arena. And when all is said and done, if he does not want to turn heel, he just isn’t going to do it.
And the fans out there – the ones who hope he makes their wishes come true – hope he doesn’t either.
He just isn’t going to do it.