John Cena is arguably the greatest WWE superstar of all time, not only because of his amazing in-ring ability or work on the microphone for promos, but for what he does outside of the ring as well for the WWE in terms of promoting it to his participation with Make A Wish.
He is an incredible guy and one that will be very hard to replace, but eventually, he will call time on his career with the company, and the WWE will have to find a new guy to take his spot as the face of he company.
Over the years, several superstars have emerged as possible candidates for that role. Daniel Bryan was the fans' choice a couple of years back, but injuries stopped him from advancing and he had to retire. Now it looks like the WWE is gearing up Roman Reigns for the role despite the majority of fans disapproving of the decision.
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Yet, former WWE writer Kevin Eck was a recent guest of Wade Keller on the PW Torch Livecast - according to the Inquisitr - and said Vince McMahon has tried on multiple occasions to find the next Cena. Someone who could be excellent in the ring, but a good marketing tool as well. And you'll be surprised with the name that was mentioned.
“John Cena is on 24-7, whether it’s the Make-A-Wish stuff or just the way he represents the business when he goes on a talk show or makes a personal appearance. I remember distinctly, we had a meeting at one point.
"As much as Vince loves Cena and sees his value, he’s always looking ahead at who’s going to be the next guy, and who should we start grooming, and who can fill that position. And we had a meeting about that one time. Who’s cool… who’s our next guy.. we need the cool factor.
"And I spoke up and I said ‘the coolest guy we have on our roster is CM Punk, and maybe he could be that.’ And I remember, Hunter was in that meeting, and he weighed in immediately and said ‘Punk can’t be that guy that goes out and, it’s just not in him.”
Yes, the same CM Punk that left the WWE over two years ago could have been the successor to Cena. Although Eck never specified when the conversation took place, he narrowed it down to sometime in 2012 or 2013, which would have been the height of Punk's popularity as WWE Champion.
Sheamus was even considered for the spot as well, but Eck said he didn't have the cool factor that Punk possessed. Eck did reveal as well that Vince McMahon didn't want Reigns’ push to be forced but to occur naturally. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case and you can see by watching shows today how fans feel about it.
We'll have to wait and see if Reigns can fill in the big boots of Cena in being the face of the WWE, but you have to stop and think how different things could have been if Punk was the successor instead.