It seems a lot has come to light following John Cena's interview with Chris Jericho on the WWE Network, with the face of the WWE commenting on what could be an interesting change for his character.
Although the idea of John Cena taking a heel turn has been discussed by both WWE and its fans before, nothing has ever fully come to fruition and during his talk with Y2J, Cena explained what he felt the pros and cons would be to it happening:
"If it happened, I thought it would have been great. It would be great for me to be able to show that different side...but at the same time, it is so rewarding for me to go out there and be aspirational, to be inspirational."
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There is little argument that John Cena is the biggest name in WWE at present. Whether you are a hugely devoted WWE fan or not, his name is one which you would doubtlessly have heard of, and this comes with good reason.
The soon to be 38-year-old is well-known for his work with several charities, as well as being a massive success with the majority of younger WWE followers.
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The image of Cena as a face WWE superstar is therefore one which has been fully cemented, albeit not always to the delight of some older members of the WWE Universe, who feel a heel turn is something which Cena's character needs now more than ever.
The Cenation Leader expressed his concerns with who would take his place as the biggest face on the WWE roster, should this change take place:
"If they tell me 'hey, the time has come, you gotta do it', I just truly hope they have someone waiting in the wings that's gonna give that [hard work which Cena puts in], I don't think John Cena turning heel is letting the kids down. I think no one to give the kids that moment is letting the kids down."
The moment Cena is referring to is the special occasions WWE superstars such as him share with younger fans on a personal level, which come about as a result of being such a devoted, and therefore successful, face wrestler.
Although with his response during this interview Cena made it apparent he would be open to the idea of a heel turn, his genuine belief on the topic became clear through his reference to the relationship between Daniel Bryan and Connor Michalek:
"Daniel Bryan said it best when he inducted Connor - it is fiction. When you get that smile, when you get that feeling - it justifies what you do. And to me, that is not worth being bad, that is not worth turning my back on anybody."
Referring to Bryan's induction of eight-year-old Michalek into the WWE Hall Of Fame as recipient of the inaugural Warrior Award, Cena reiterated the importance of how rewarding it is to make WWE fans, especially those who are very young, happy by doing what they do as WWE superstars.