Everyone will have their own opinion on the role John Cena is currently playing in the WWE, taking a backseat in the feuds and allowing others to flourish and take over while he embarks on projects outside of the company.
He’s highlighted numerous times that his primary focus is the WWE, and understands that his role is now changing with newer stars emerging and hoping to fill his shoes once he does move away for good.
This means the WWE might be able to make certain booking decisions and afford to get away with them, and one of those is the Cena heel turn everyone assumes will happen sooner or later.
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Although many still believe it won’t happen, Forbes are reporting that WWE officials are apparently discussing the idea of turning Cena heel.
The discussions are said to be more serious than they’ve ever been, particularly as he isn’t featured on television as prominently as he was when he competed as a full-time superstar.
The reason for turning him heel now is that it could help get the next generation of top WWE faces over, and give the WWE product a new lease of life and in turn, can help with the declining ratings.
This also gives Cena an opportunity to do things he’s never done before outside of the Doctor of Thuganomics gimmick.
He’s expected to take time off after Survivor Series to film the second season of American Grit, and there are few rumours circulating regarding his return feud.
The first has him pencilled in to face AJ Styles for the WWE Championship.
This makes it more difficult for him to be a heel, especially since Styles is cheered anyway and the angle they’re going at would make no sense to have Cena as the bad guy.
The other expectation is that Cena will return from his hiatus and enter into a programme with The Undertaker, culminating at WrestleMania 33 and that’s a feud where him being a heel makes more sense, allowing others on the roster to push themselves as the next big face.
It makes sense for the WWE to pull the trigger, but it’s all about whether it’s too little, too late. Regardless of this, it’s now a waiting game to see whether Cena returns as his usual self, or as the heel fans have wanted to see for years.
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