Just curious. John Cena has been a face of the WWE for several years now, and during those years he has always been receiving that mixed reaction.
No face at their peak, that I know of, have received such a tight mixed reaction as John Cena has. He probably is the first WWE babyface to have such a split reaction too. Bret Hart, Steve Austin or Hogan never had boos as loud as Cena's during the peaks in their career. And even when they did, especially with The Rock, the choice was made that a heel turn would make it more legit when The Rock was starting to be boo'ed around the time he started making movies and turned into "Hollywood Rock" it was because of the mixed reaction he was getting as a face.
With John Cena we know he will never turn heel, at least not in a long, long time. So the WWE are really trying to make us like him. They made him do many things to get as much of a good reaction as possible like side with the audience but always came across as cheap, he chooses the right words in a promo to try and get cheap pops, like "I am enjoying my time here in <insert state here> tonight", or sucking up to other more over faces to make the crowd cheer them looking like he's being cheered himself. Its almost insulting to watch. Now we have John Cena wearing his cancer charity tee-shirt and cap to try and get people liking him. Its coming across like the WWE are desperate to try and make us like him but no matter what they do they fail to achieve it.
With it being nearly 6 years of trying to get the right reaction from the crowd, it doesn't seem to be working, surely something like this is affecting John Cena and the WWE back stage, they must be growing frustrated
by the fact that John Cena is the only top babyface in the company to ever get such a reaction. They have spent years building this guy up and he hasn't got the reaction they probably initially desired.
John Cena will eventually go in the Hall of Fame. Will he go in there as the most controversial face the WWE have every had? Or maybe that's what they are intending in the long run now. I would say WWE have accepted it now and are just going with it, but that leads to the fact that the WWE are still rubbing all the good he is, in our faces every week.
What do you think, are the WWE really still trying to make John Cena a top baby face even though he is now past his peak, or are they going with the flow, or do you have another opinion?
Would love to hear from you on this matter.