On Monday night, John Cena tapped into the rage that has been building for years.
Cena watched one of his close friends, Zack Ryder, get slammed through the entrance ramp by his latest nemesis, Kane. As he was being carted off to the hospital, Eve blamed him for why it had gotten so bad, causing Cena to boil with rage.
It seemed like he was about to embrace the hate, the only problem is that, inevitably, Cena will come to his "senses" and act like the noble hero all of his young admirers want him to be...for now
While the creative team should be given credit for touching on what internet marks have been clamoring for since Cena became the face of the company and began preaching about morals and rising above hate, the truth is they won't deliver at the Royal Rumble. That would be the easy way out, and as we've seen with the recent WWE product, patience is a virtue.
The dynamic and exciting route would be to turn Cena heel, attacking Ryder and sending the internet community into a frenzy. However, much like the Chris Jericho storyline, this is a slow-burning heel turn, and the creative team is teasing us with the thought of a much-awaited turn to the dark side.
All of this ties into the WrestleMania main-event match against The Rock, who has been one of Cena's most outspoken detractors and the face of the older fans who remember the Attitude Era and can't stomach Cena's sickeningly sweet image, when we all remember the wannabe rapper who talked about Thuganomics.
Down in Cena there lies a villain, and even though it's been a long while since we've seen him tap into that persona, it's coming, we just have to be patient. If the WWE is really going to make this move and risk all of the money Cena brings to the company, they aren't going to rush the angle just to satisfy the internet.
This is going to be a long, drawn out, torturous process for Cena, who will dive into the animosity that has been building for years, while he took the high ground.
When that volcano erupts, it's going to be one of the biggest moments in WWE history, and the creative team isn't going to rush it, so when Cena avoids giving into temptation at the Royal Rumble, don't hold it against the creative team.