I'm not a Cena fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I refuse to be a Cena hater either. The man is the most popular wrestler of this generation, putting him right on par with Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, The Rock, and Randy Savage in terms of how much fans love him and throw money at him. I'm not saying he's as good as those guys, but he's as popular as they are; they didn't bring in amazing ratings, and Cena affects ratings more than anyone else today. The only two wrestlers that are above this class, in my opinion, are Hogan and Austin. They made wrestling into a massively popular brand, no matter how temporary. Other than them, Cena is as popular as anyone.
When Cena injured his arm a couple months back, the first Raw without him was the lowest rated Raw in 15 years. He is the man, no matter what our personal opinions may be. Kids love the guy, and kids are how you invest in the future. I'll bet everyone on this forum got into wrestling before they were 14 yrs old. This is how you build towards the future, and unfortunately wrestling is in rebuilding mode.
To me, the Cena heel turn idea is ludicrous. Nothing about his character lends to him being a heel. He'd have to be a completely different character, which could permanently ruin him. Austin's heel turn was a massive failure, and I think it ruined the remainder of his career. In fairness, by my logic Hogan's heel turn would've been a failure, and it turned out to be the best business decision in the history of the business. However, you just can't bet on something like the nWo happening in WWE.
This is all driven by Cena haters who don't buy into his character. Well the fact is a ton of other people do, and he's the reason WWE is as successful as it is today. All you people who claim "the time has come, he's just boring now" were saying he was boring five years ago. Some in this message board claim his popularity will run out and in a couple of years no one will care about him. Never in pro wrestling has the top face simply lost popularity late in his career. Storylines may have been stale, but never has the guy just lost popularity. This idea that all the Cena fans out there are just gonna wake up and discover that Cena is actually fake and boring is ridiculous, because he's not fake and boring. He's the nicest guy in the world, and he realistically acts like that, and all us cynics who love heels like Ziggler and Punk just can't stand it so we call him fake. He's the most popular wrestler on the planet, and there's no reason to expect that to change.
John Cena is the top draw of this generation. I swear anti-Cena fans treat Cena and Cena fans like non-wrestling fans treat wrestling and wrestling fans ("It's fake!!!"). Lol I say this largely because when I saw a 20 yr old in a Cena t-shirt, a part of me looked down on him as immature, which is exactly what every non-wrestling fan think of us. They're just a bunch of cynics who don't get it. I don't like Cena any more than the next guy, BUT THE FACT IS HE'S THE MOST POPULAR WRESTLER OF THIS GENERATION. WWE isn' forcing him down our throats, fans want him, which is why he moves the ratings more than anyone else today (and a lot more than Punk).
I'm a big Sheamus fan, but you can't just say Sheamus can be Cena if you insert Sheamus into the position. They're not the same character, and believe it or not Cena is uniquely talented at playing the PG hero that he is today. (Another analogy to people who hate wrestling: a friend of mine who hates wrestling one said its easy to make a wrestler a big star by just having him win all his matches). And he's not FAKE. His character is extremely realistic, cynical fans just can't stand the nice guy so they call him "fake." He's only fake in that people act really nice, or politicians/celebrities act perfect for the sake of public image. In that case, Cena's playing the role model and the celebrity that he's supposed to play, and that kids are in fact eating up. Cena is doing exactly what he's supposed to be doing. If you see Cena on talk shows, they treat him like a pro athlete rather than a freak show or a joke like they do other pro wrestlers, he's just a really likable guy, unless you're a hater and a cynic. I get the Cena hate, I wanna boo him too, but I hold back because he really is just so good at doing exactly the right thing. He's not trying to be the anti-hero we want him to be, he's being the actual hero that kids want him to be (and women), and the ratings and merchandise sales reflect that.
Oh, and someone here pointed out that older fans are the ones with the money to spend on merch. Well, Cena's merch sells better than any other wrestler by far. Vince McMahon hasn't been stubbornly pushing Cena for 8 yrs, hoping in vain for the dude to get popular. Cena is as popular as it gets in the 21st century.
Lol I swear all you haters are turning me into a Cena fan.
Can you please explain to me how Cena is a massive draw? Don't use merchandise, because Punk's first best in the world t shirt was outselling Cena's and The Rock's merchandise was outselling his too. Explain the ratings too, all he does at best is keep them average. During many of his so called "headlined" wrestlemanias, he wasn't even the main draw. Let's look at the facts
Wrestlemania 21- Cena vs JBL. Triple H and Batista were the main draws and Hogan being inducted. Expected
Wrestlemania 22- Cena vs Triple H. Cena and Triple H were actually the main draws.
Wrestlemania 23- Cena vs HBK. Main evented, but played second fiddle to Donald Trump and Vince
Wrestlemania 24- Cena vs Orton vs Triple H. Mayweather and Big Show were the main draws (no surprise)
Wrestlemania 25- Cena vs Edge vs Big Show. Main draws were Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and the Undertaker
Wrestlemania 26- Cena vs Batista- This should be the main draw, but it wasn't. Taker vs HBK II was.
Wrestlemania 27- Cena vs Miz- The Rock as a fucking host was the main draw.
Wrestlemania 28- Cena vs Rock- Once again Rock was the main draw, but I'll give Cena credit, he was a big reason the wwe had the most ppv buys in history. But it was more of the generation vs generation match that sold.
Looks like every wrestlemania needed an outsider or attitude era legend (Triple H, HBK, and Taker) to sell the damn ppv. So once again, can someone please explain to me how the fuck Cena is a MASSIVE DRAW? And don't come at me with the merchandise bullshit, with today's active roster, he only has to outsell Punk, Shaemus, Ziggler, and Ryback. How impressive.