Former WWE champion John Cena is not the most popular superstar in pro-wrestling amongst diehard fans. It is just a fact that hardcore wrestling fans these days have become tired of Cena's predictable character.
Cena is the babyface of the WWE and star of the show. Even though his WrestleMania 31 match has still not been officially announced, he is still the most heavily featured wrestler on the Mania promos.
The former champ will obviously have a match at WrestleMania 31, and it's likely to be against Rusev for the United States Championship belt, but for a wrestler not part of the main event to be featured so heavily on WWE's advertising push is bizarre and something that frustrates wrestling fans to no end.
For a while now, WWE fans have been urging the company to turn John Cena heel. Back in 2002 when Cena began in WWE, he was a more edgy character that had the potential to be a quality heel. However, back then Cena saw that WWE's fanbase was becoming more and more kids-based post the "Attitude Era" and he explained that he decided he had to make a change to keep relevant.
"I looked around and saw who was sitting in the audience and said, 'You know what, I proactively need to change.' And it was for the greater good," John Cena told USA Today.
Cena won't change
Cena became a babyface in 2003 and as we know, the rest is history. There have been plenty of calls for him to turn heel since and diehard fans have even resorted to heavily booing the star. Cena added that he understands the disapproval, but he says he will never change.
"I totally get it. I don't necessarily spend my time watching programs that 6-10-year-old kids enjoy, so I get the need for different racy comedy and story lines," Cena added. "But at the same time I don't want to offend anyone in our audience so I do what I do to the best of my ability, and I actually really enjoy being able to be a real-life superhero."