WWE WrestleMania 28: Where Does John Cena's Character Go from Here?

Dave LeonContributor IIIApril 2, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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John Cena’s loss to The Rock Sunday night was, in my opinion, totally unexpected.

I wrote a story a couple of months ago about how Cena had to win, even though I thought Rocky should win.

The loss not only makes smarks like me look foolish (well played, Vince McMahon), but it also gives Cena a long-overdue chance to change his character. Even if he sticks with the “rise above hate” gimmick and doesn’t turn heel, maybe his character will be a bit more humble now. A little less Super Cena, if you will.

We’ll find out how it all shakes out Monday night on Raw, but this signals an inevitable change in Cena's character. Why else would he lose in the biggest main event in years to someone who’s not a full-timer?

So where does he go? Hard to say. He won’t be an anti-hero; CM Punk has that area covered. And he won’t be a full-on heel, either. Kind of hard to have the face of your anti-bullying campaign doing dastardly deeds on a weekly basis.

My guess is that he apologizes to his fans for his arrogance during the match, puts Rocky over verbally and moves on to the next guy.

One thing is certain: I have much more interest in watching Cena now than I have in a long time.