It's been speculated over the last couple of years about a potential heel turn for 15 time WWE World Champion John Cena.
Cena is no stranger to being a heel, lets not forget about the legendary “Doctor of Thuganomics,” which in my opinion has always been my favorite John Cena.
Now, granted, I have never been a fan of rap music, but seeing the rap battles on Smackdown were always gems, but the ultimate baby face – gung ho – pro America Cena took over and the “Doctor of Thuganomics” was no more.
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But, last week on the WWE Network we watched the Chris Jericho podcast with John Cena as his guest. Jericho asked about a heel turn to which Cena responded that he was up for doing anything so long as there was someone ready, willing and able to take the helm as WWE’s ultra baby face.
But who could take John Cena’s place as ultra face man?
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Honestly, there are quite a few people that could do the job: Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Ryback, only to name a handful. I mention these three in particular because of the fan response when these men enter any arena. But in all honesty, as much as the fans love Bryan, Ryback is the only one that can do the job that Cena is looking for.
Let's look at the facts about Ryback.
Feed Me More!
Ryback has the same overly positive attitude that John Cena has. Who could forget Ryback’s promo on Raw a few months ago when he mentioned his ankle injury and his time on Tough Enough and NXT when he was with the Nexus.
Granted, he was rivaled with Rusev at the time, but that level of positivity will never be matched by anyone else in the locker room. The kids especially love him. His simple motions with the “Feed Me More” chants are very popular with the kid fans, which is something that is present with John Cena and Daniel Bryans supporters.
He is also very colorful with his appearance, which when you think about that fact alone, the only other wrestler that had that same appeal to the kids was the legendary Ultimate Warrior.
So there is your replacement.
Cena heel turn?
Let's not forget though, John Cena turning heel is the best idea ever. Not only will it boost his popularity to heights it has never seen, increase WWE ratings, and make him tolerable to watch again, but in the end, Cena has the potential to be a far better heel than Seth Rollins.
John Cena has so much he can work with in terms of a heel turn. He has mentioned a few of these things quite a few times in recent months and mentioned it on Jericho's podcast last week again.
Quite honestly, I would love to see a heel turn. With the way the crowd responds to him when he dang near goes off the deep end, this would be an amazing turn.
With the crowd fueling that rage with the “Cena sucks” chants, he could use that to his advantage right off the bat. Cena could honestly use the “The fans turned on me” as a starting point.
It could be a gradual heel turn, doing things that are out of his element: getting disqualified from matches, pulling tights, attacks from behind, things of that nature.
A heel turn for John Cena will be the best thing for his career, and honestly, I thoroughly believe he would be a far better heel than Rollins. He has the intensity in his promos, he has a very dark side to him that is very rarely seen, and when it is, you never forget it.
And honestly, a title reign as heel Cena would be unforgettable.