Hulk Hogan pulled off one of the most unexpected and incredible heel turns in the history of professional wrestling when he formed the NWO in WCW back in 1996.
Acronyms aside, Hogan was the eternal good guy that no one ever thought could turn to the dark side.
After years of telling kids to eat their vitamins and say their prayers, Hogan turned his back on them all and denounced the fans who had grown tired of his 20-year shtick.
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John Cena is breathing that same kind of air. After originally arriving on the scene as a foul-mouthed, wise-cracking rapper, the Leader of the Cenation evolved into the hero we see before us today in 2005.
During his recent appearance on Eric Bischoff’s podcast - his old WCW boss - Hogan detailed how he would turn Cena into the bad guy that the hardcore fans have dearly craved.
"That would be a tough one. There are just so many ways. With this “PG Era” that is going on right now it would be in the ring. Turn around, sucker punch somebody. Like how AJ did it to John when they were going to fight off the two buddies of his from New Japan. AJ just turned on John Cena. For me it would have to be more personal. They would have to get a couple of actors. I don’t even know if this would fly but my first thing would be to make it real, real personal.
"This is not the answer but this the tone of what it would be. It would have to be a situation where John Cena would be sitting down with a couple of actors that were Make-a-Wish kids or somebody like that. In a real personal situation. The whole thing would be, “I did this for the money. I don’t really care about you. I did this for John Cena and the money.”
"It would be more personal to me how he would turn rather than just doing a physical act of violence in the ring or stabbing somebody in the back. It would be all of the above but I would really like the topic to read more personal so it gets people’s guts and hurts people on a heartfelt level.
"There’s been so much backstabbing and turning on the guy. Pointing at one guy and hitting the other guy. John Cena could be such a big move that if he personalized this about how he really did this for the money. Really never wanted to see the kids. How he never really liked the crowd cheering him on. How he’d get sick of people interrupting him while he’s eating dinner. How he couldn’t even go and see a movie without people bothering him. I’d like to really, really personalize it just to put a bad taste in everybody’s mouth."
Come on, how great would this be? Cena would totally pull this off, too.