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For months and months, the most heavily debated topic has been the possibility of a John Cena heel turn.

Countless fans have predicted it happening as each pay-per-view or Monday Night RAW would approach, while countless others have bemoaned WWE’s unwillingness to change him.

As we sit, awaiting Extreme Rules, it is clear that Lesnar is the heel role in this feud. However, are we actually witnessing a heel vs. heel match?

I put an idea to you: John Cena is already a heel. In fact, he is the best kind of heel for the WWE. Please allow me to explain.

In a changing global landscape, the average WWE fan is also changing. We are no longer as easily manipulated in being told who to cheer for and who to boo.

Nothing proves this more than Daniel Bryan. While WWE have clearly positioned him as a heel, he has never been so over with the fans. The “YES!” chants are often deafening and the emergence of his new shirt, is proof the WWE executives know he’s currently a hit with the fans.

So what have we got with Daniel Bryan? A heel that is treated more like a face. The American Dragon, by outdated WWE measures, should be heavily booed everywhere he goes. This is not the case.

Which begs the question, “why?”

It is because we are clamouring to see new faces and better action in the ring. We are tired of the same old poor ring-work, tired angles and flaccid story lines. We are tired of a cookie-cutter Cena and his refusal to change.


But while Daniel Bryan may well be a heel that WWE accidentally put over with the WWE universe, WWE may well have done the exact opposite with John Cena, without even realising.

What should be the traditional reaction to a heel? They should be heavily booed and truly put fans offside. This explains the reaction to John Cena perfectly. A heels smarmy charisma should agitate fans to their very core. Again, Cena manages this without even trying.

Despite WWE’s best efforts to endorse him with former WWE stars and put him over with the fans, John Cena is the new type of heel for a newly discerning fan.

Instead of being booed for abusing the audience, playing dirty or for total cowardice, he is booed because he is exactly what they don’t want. He will not change despite their pleas and as a result, is slapping them all in the face. He is in fact, already the heel they are asking for.

So why is he the perfect heel? Not only does he get a traditional heel reaction, he can put over new faces for the same reason. CM Punk is the perfect example.

Despite entering his feud with Cena as a heel, Punk finished up as one of the most over superstars on the roster. Yes he has all the skills to back it up, but the heat for Cena truly helped to put Punk over.

To top it all off, John Cena moves merchandise like crazy. Despite the fact that a large part of the WWE universe despises him, some still love him and will buy the new shirt he flaunts every couple of months.

To summarize, John Cena is already a heel. For the majority of those who boo him, he is for all intents and purposes already the heel you are seeking: he is just the type of heel we haven’t acknowledged before.

He gets the boos, puts the faces over, draws the ratings, does all the humanitarian work you could ask for and moves the merchandise. How is this not considered the best heel in the business? All that is missing is the traditional actions of a heel. But we are no longer traditionalists.

We have a heel in Daniel Bryan that despite his best heel-ish actions is still over with the crowd more than ever before. We also have John Cena, a man that says and does all the right things, but is booed out of the stadium, even in his hometown.

What we have seen is the traditional model of heel and face go out the window. Sure we want to see John Cena change, but he is already a heel. What many of us would like to see is Cena to take on the traditional characteristics of a heel and change up his character toward the dark side.

When this or some equally large change occurs, I believe we will see Cena more over than he has been for a long time now.

While Cena seemed to get a decent pop in interrupting Brock Lesnar's very average promo last RAW, I wonder if it was more out of relief that the promo was ending rather than actually seeing Cena.

The fact is, we live in a new and inverse WWE universe, where heels can be cheered and faces can be despised. However, we are all still screaming for change within the WWE and it’s stale product. This is also the case with John Cena.

As we head in to Extreme Rules and standard clamouring for a John Cena heel turn, I tell you this: don’t bother demanding or expecting a John Cena heel turn, it has already happened.
 

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John Cena is a babyface, Get over it.
 
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You're not the first person to suggest this.
 

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How the hell is John Cena a heel? Do you watch the same show as I do every week?

RISE ABOVE HATE IS NOT HEEL..................:cuss:
 

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It's not good enough. We want a real heel turn where Cena takes on the fan favorites. Being booed doesn't make you a heel, it makes you a failing babyface if that's what you are presented as, which Cena is.

I don't buy any of this "Cena is already a heel since he's booed" crap because it makes no sense. A heel turn would be him doing a complete 180 of his current character.
 

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Way to steal. Give the author of that passage credit, dude. Either way, if Cena's character is portrayed as a face, then he is a face, bottom line, regardless of the crowd reaction.
 

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nah the guy is a face, doesnt matter if he gets bood. just because hes a face that people dont like doesnt make him a heel
 

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In a changing global landscape, the average WWE fan is also changing. We are no longer as easily manipulated in being told who to cheer for and who to boo.

Nothing proves this more than Daniel Bryan. While WWE have clearly positioned him as a heel, he has never been so over with the fans. The “YES!” chants are often deafening and the emergence of his new shirt, is proof the WWE executives know he’s currently a hit with the fans.

So what have we got with Daniel Bryan? A heel that is treated more like a face. The American Dragon, by outdated WWE measures, should be heavily booed everywhere he goes. This is not the case.
You are conveniently ignoring the fact that:

A: The WWE edits out Bryan's cheers and his yes chants, replacing them with boos.
B: They are writing in other wrestlers using his Yes chants against him to take away his ownership of it.
C: His yes shirt was rushed out in 2 days to capitalise on a money making opportunity, it's rushed (stolen) design shows there wasn't a great deal of thought in that.

Argument defeated.
 

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Put it this way, when he was a heel in 2003, fans were cheering him then because of his cocky gimmick. Did that make him a face? no.

Austin turned heel in 2001 and the fans were still cheering him. Did that make him a face? no.

Punk was a heel in the summer of 2010 and he was getting cheers, did you see that MITB match? doesn't make him a face.
 

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People say that because Cena is getting booed, he is technically not a heel. But what if he turns heel and instantly get's cheered?

I don't even think he should fully turn heel, but become more of a tweener. Basically, just book him at turning his back on everybody.
 

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Have I gone back in time to 2005? That's where this thread belongs.
 

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I can see your point but this isn't the future of the WWE. If it were, then every face in the company would instantly freeze their gimmick for 6 years, the company would get stale and no one would go to the shows. Being booed for doing heelish things is great for the atmosphere. Being booed because people are sick to death of you isn't good for anyone.
 

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Fuck John Cena. Can't wait to hear Daniel Bryan's reaction in Chicago tonight. I can't WAIT!
 

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I agree that Cena is slowly becoming a great heel. He needs to keep being the boyscout but amplify that tenfold, to draw the heel out of the fans themselves. If he does it right he could indeed be the best "heel" ever.
 
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