Originally Posted by The Hardcore Show
At this point I don't think turning heel would get people to cheer John Cena unless he was so entertaining doing it that it would be impossible not to cheer him like The Rock in 2003. John Cena is pretty much like New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez many Yankee fans wish they would eat the remaining 114 million dollars on his contract and go away. Many people at this point wish Cena would do the same heel turn or no heel turn.
Cena already was cheered as a heel in 2003 because he was so entertaining.
Trust me, when John Cena turns heel, or changes his character, he will get cheered by the smarks. The night after WrestleMania 28, Cena said something to the effects of " A lot of you think I'm going to air my grievances and turn my back on the WWE Universe." The crowd instantly began a "YES" chant. If he turned heel, he would get cheered by the smarks/IWC, I'm sure of it.
Hell, he was getting mixed responses during 2003 during his heel run, that's why they turned him face before Survivor Series 2003. If he changed his character now, after being a face for 8 years, the smarks would like him. A lot of the smarks want him to change his character, they want him to turn heel. If he turned heel, he would be cheered by the older fans. The smarks love heels, if John Cena was a heel they would love him to.
His character in 2003 was a white-rapper. And it wasn't meant to be cheered, because he was a heel. But he began to get mixed reactions because of it. If it was now, he would he cheered much more than in 2003 by the older fans because he character would be something more serious and intimidating. When Hogan turned heel in WCW, he was very serious. When Austin turned heel, he went corporate. His character is going to completely opposite of what he is now. The smarks don't like his character now, so wouldn't they like it if his character was completely different?
John Cena has to beat The Rock at WrestleMania. If he loses again, than WWE basically have no clue what their doing with him. You cannot book your top face to lose 3 WrestleMania matches in a row. I understand Cena losing to Rock the first time (even thought I wasn't a fan of it). It was because they were doing a rematch and they didn't want Rock to look "weak" going into it against Cena this year. But eventually The Rock will have to lose, and the only person who has the star power to beat him is John Cena.
Sure, the NY/NJ crowd will boo him. But when has that stopped WWE from booking Cena strong? When has that stopped WWE from booking Cena to go over? He got booed at WM 22, WM 23, and Unfiorgiven 2006. He won all of those matches. For some reason over the last year or so, WWE has been booking towards the smarks. Cena lost to Rock, Tensai, Laurantitis, was pinned by Punk, and lost to Dolph Ziggler. That's 5 loses in one year. I don't think Austin or Hogan ever had 5 loses in one year. Someone is WWE seems to care about the smarks when the don't do anything for the WWE except bitch when things don't go their way. WWE should never book to the smarks/IWC because they will bitch when things DO go their way sometimes.
And as regards to a heel turn, that's not happening for a long time. John Cena still get's big pops. Stills sells shit-loads of merchandise, he still get's mixed reactions. If WWE turned him heel, and the audience flipped in regards to the reactions he get's (kids boo him/older fans cheer him) than it'll be a huge loss. It'll be like the Austin heel turn, when Austin was still a fan favorite but they turned him anyway. Sure, Cena's not a "fan favorite" but he still has a large fanbase who ill boo him if he turned heel. Than the older fans will cheer and embrace his new character, were back to square one.
And the Hogan heel turn shouldn't be comparable to a Cena heel turn. Why? Because when Hogan was in WCW, he was in another world. The world of Sting, Ric Flair, the Four Horseman, Dusty Rhodes. WCW was more old school as compared to the over the top WWE. The world in WWE as built for and around Hogan, WCW wasn't. That's why his WWE character wasn't fully embraced by the WCW audience, because the world of WCW weren't used to the larger than life character Hulk Hogan. So they turned him heel.
The thing is, if he does turn heel, he will be a dominate heel. I'm sorry, he's not going to be feuding with Kofi Kingston, or Zack Ryder. If he turns heel, he going to want the WWE Championship again. If he wins that said WWE Championship, people will bitch, even if he's a heel. There is no way John Cena turns heel without him winning the WWE Championship shortly after. Hogan did it when he turned heel, Austin won the Championship the night he turned heel. It's a very good way to establish a new dominate heel, give them the gold.
So now John Cena is a heel, dominate as ever, and WWE Champion. It would be the same as if John Cena was a face.
John Cena should win at Wrestlemankia 29 and the WWE shouldn't give two shits about the crowd reaction. They never did before, why start now?