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Re: Which Full timer has threatened Cena's top face spot the most between 2006 and no
It's a tough one. Let's review by chronological order.
Batista wasn't really a threat..He was basically in competition with Cena : one of these two guys would become the face of the WWE. It turned out to be Cena. I think Batista's age (he was already 36 in 2005) was the biggest factor. Also he was injury prone.
Jeff Hardy : Over as fuck but so much issues....his latter days in TNA proved the WWE right.
Randy Orton : this is a particular case because he's the only one who was near Cena while still being a massive heel. The legend killer was his first big heel gimmick. The viper was a big change but Orton embodied that character so well that the crowd had no choice but to like him. I'm not sure, but I think at one point, he passed Cena in merch selling while being a heel. In 2010, the WWE turned him face and at that point, I was wondering if he could take Cena's spot (remember how people were drooling on him after that massive RKO on Evan Bourne. He was then wasted at the end of 2010. In 2011, WWE couldn't let Orton take Cena's spot so they basically turned him into a Cena 2.0 and sent him to Smackdown....so he was reaaaaally close.
CM Punk : he outsold Cena at one point. He surpassed Cena as the longest WWE champ in the modern era....but he was defending his title against Bryan in potential MOTY while Cena was main eventing against John Laurinaitis.............I think It says it all.
DB : he's really over with the crowd but I'm waiting to see if his future title reign (which could come....well, not so soon) doesn't take a backseat to a Cena's random future rivalry.
In the end, I don't think anyone of those were meant to take Cena's place. Cena's in place, he's giving WWE plenty satisfaction....He'll turn 37 this month. So I think WWE will slowly think of their next big thing. And they'll look for younger blood (Reigns ??).