Sure, he continues to drive home the point that he is seeking redemption Sunday for losing to The Rock at WrestleMania 28. But Cena is doing something that is very unlike him by actually bashing Rock and saying he is much better than Rock.
Cena also seems to be reveling in the increased number of boos that have been raining down on him lately. He has acknowledged them in the past, sometimes even encouraging them because he always says diversity of opinion is what makes being in WWE fun. Now, however, Cena pauses and appears almost agitated whenever the boos or “Cena sucks!” chants start up. He just tries to talk louder and sound madder.
He started the possibility of a heel turn with his performance on last week’s Raw. At the Monday night go-home Raw in Washington, DC, Cena ramped up his verbal attack on Rock to the point that he probably will be making people want to buy the pay-per-view just to see him complete a heel turn.
If there is, in fact, a Cena turn in the cards, then Cena and WWE are pushing it hard. Too hard. Too hard to make you think it actually is going to happen.
And that leads one to believe that when all is said and done after WrestleMania 29, Cena will have his redemption, not to mention the WWE Championship. He and Rock will shake hands at the end, maybe even embrace, and then Rock will ride on back to Hollywood and Cena will ride on to other challenges a champion faces.
There is always the possibility that a rematch will take place at Extreme Rules, the next pay-per-view after WrestleMania. So if the torch-passing does not happen at WrestleMania, it certainly will take place at Extreme Rules.
The best heel turns are the ones you do not see coming. Those speak volumes not only about the work of the performer to conceal the turn, but also about the brilliance of the writing team to be able to pull it off.
If anyone turns heel at WrestleMania, the most likely candidate is Randy Orton. Yes, it has been teased for quite some time, but at the same time, when the turn finally happens, it will not look so forced.
How is this for a scenario: The team of Orton, Sheamus and The Big Show lose to The Shield at WrestleMania 29. Immediately following the match, Orton exchanges words with Sheamus and RKOs him. Big Show, already a heel in a temporary face position, joins Orton in beating down Sheamus.
To me, that would not seem forced. It would seem natural. Orton is a far better heel than babyface.
Cena is just too entrenched in the face role to pull off a heel turn right now that would be anything but forced. And WWE is well known for making fans think one thing is going to happen only to take it in a different direction.
If John Cena is talking the heel talk right now, the chances are good that once WrestleMania 29 has passed, he will not be walking the heel walk. He will once again be flying like the WWE Superman.
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