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Old 12-30-2012, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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John Cena with a full fledged heel turn could potentially be one of the greatest heels of all time. He already receives stadium filled boos from the older demographic and if turned properly the kids would feel genuinely betrayed by their once worshiped idol. Would like to hear thoughts on the subject.
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Default Re: Cena has potential to be one of the greatest heels in WWE history

The time for him to be a great heel has passed. Him turning would still be a pretty big deal, but not anywhere near the level of impact it would have had a few years ago.

Let's face it, he isn't turning heel any time soon.
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Default Re: Cena has potential to be one of the greatest heels in WWE history

One, he is booked and behaves like a heel to adult men, of which I am, so I already think he is a heel. He's stuck in a paradox where if he became a heel he'd become the most beloved babyface to their majority audience, 21+ year old men, in years.

Two, every single year a golden Heel Opportunity was botch. Like Nexus. The "Higher Power" all along could have been Cena leading the Nexus with Cena as a WWE champ and Barrett as the WHC champ.

Or the heel turn during the CM Punk feud. Or turn heel against The Rock and go apeshit after Cena lost the match that "meant everything" to him.

He could be used to turn Ziggler face. He could have allied with Laurinaitis and Show for some Super Powers thing.

He could have lost his mind on Punk for breaking his title duration streak, injured Punk to a point where the belt needed to be dropped off of Punk. Cena could have contrived to get that belt and cheat to keep it for as long as possible with a storyline of Cena as champ for over 1+ Year/Who can stop a psycho, cheating, heel Cena? Anybody who took the belt off him in about half a year's time at a Big 4 PPV would be a babyface god and a made man in the company for his whole career.

Cena's constancy as a portrayed babyface is actually a strength for turning him heel because a turn back to face can easily be justified as a learning experience/life lesson for Cena where he realizes the error of his evil ways and then commits himself back to Jorts, Crayola Shirts and Apple Pie.

Right now, I know people say they wouldn't care about a Cena turn. I don't think I would right now, at least not nearly as much as I would have if it had occurred in the past 3 years or so.
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Perhaps the ideal timing has passed but I still think it would have a major impact and could generate some massive heat. Of course this is all speculative but if he did turn it would pave the way for a new poster boy (Ziggler). I wouldn't put it past WWE to turn Cena heel though as his character has gone 100% stale and even his merch isn't selling as much as it once did. If it was done properly it could possibly be the best thing Vince has done in 15 years for sheer rejuvenation of the company.
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Default Re: Cena has potential to be one of the greatest heels in WWE history

Vince isn't willing to make that risk, because there are no other faces that are of Cena's caliber.
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Default Re: Cena has potential to be one of the greatest heels in WWE history

I think Cena should go heel for around a year to inject life into the product and the Morality Play Babyface Reversion is baked right into the Cena character.

The t.v. ratings are at 15 year lows, the last few years have been pretty brutal on PPVs and they've had to use former era guys as crutches. House show attendance is down, t.v. attendance is down. Nobody wants to be caught dead in WWE merchandise. The stock is down 60 percent in the past 3 years I believe.

They might as well not piss away Hollywood Hulk Cena. I really do believe Nexus, The Rock, Love Angle and the Best In The World Title Reign have all been booked for a logical and satisfying conclusion of a Cena heel turn and the company is too chickenshit to pull the trigger.
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Cena won't be able to fight every show for that much longer so Vince will need to start looking for a new face of the company.

Cena as heel could do a lot in ushering in a new face of the company.
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Default Re: Cena has potential to be one of the greatest heels in WWE history

If he turns heel, it will be what we all want. And we will cheer.
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Default Re: Cena has potential to be one of the greatest heels in WWE history

I think turning Cena heel has already been thought out by WWE, and WWE basically put themselves in a position where Cena CAN'T turn heel because of all the emphasis they've put on wanting people to watch to see the good guys.

WWE has gone BACK IN TIME to a day where it's just good guys vs bad guys, and a fair amount of their fanbase just tunes in to cheer for the good guy, and will watch the shows if the good guy is the one who is featured alot.

It's sad really to watch the attitude era introduction video and realize just how hypocritical WWE has become. EVERYTHING WWE used to bash about themselves in the late 90s(meaning attitude era making fun of new generation era), is exactly what they're doing again today.
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Default Re: Cena has potential to be one of the greatest heels in WWE history

Well, the 3 point argument is that it would immediately interest casual and smark fans alike and be a hot angle. Two, it is a long term storyline that you can easily book a year around. 3, Cena getting defeated by a new face gets the face over and then is a kayfabe justification for Cena to slowly see the errors of his ways and go slowly and organically back to babyface over a 3 month span or so.

The character arc pretty much demands a fall from grace Heel turn and then redemptive babyface reversion. He's already 35 and dinged up. You might as well get him when he close to his high point in draw power and in-ring ability.
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