At WrestleMania 29, WWE fans may witness the heel turn of one or two major stars in John Cena and Randy Orton. John Cena has been the face of WWE throughout the PG era, while Randy Orton has not reached the level of success since turning face in 2011.
However, is John Cena or Randy Orton more likely to turn heel over the other? Is one definitely going to make the turn?
Let’s discuss each Superstar’s current situation and how likely he is to turn heel this Sunday at WrestleMania 29.
There have been a number of instances in which Randy Orton has expressed to the public that he wants to turn heel. In September 2012, WrestlingInc.com reported that Orton desperately wanted to turn heel. One month later, Orton replied to a fan on Twitter, stating that his favorite gimmick is when he is heel. Finally, as recent as last week, Randy Orton again replied to a fan on Twitter, assuring them that they are not alone in wanting Orton to turn heel.
Orton held the World Heavyweight title shortly after being drafted to SmackDown in 2011. Since then, he has lost multiple No. 1 contender matches. Many of these matches he lost cleanly. Orton’s lack of a push back to a major title run could be attributed to injuries and wellness policy suspensions.
Perhaps WWE has not turned Orton heel because they can’t trust him. Orton is clearly very popular, but reached his highest level in the company as a heel. If he is suspended one more time due to wellness, WWE may be forced to fire Orton.
Can WWE trust Orton enough to turn him heel at WrestleMania 29?
John Cena is arguably the stalest Superstar in WWE today, but for reasons to be explained, the company has yet to turn him heel. Cena was a heel towards the beginning of his WWE career, but his superstardom obviously really took off as a babyface. A Cena heel turn has been discussed for years now and is often compared to Hulk Hogan’s turn when he joined the New World Order.
However, John Cena cannot turn heel at WrestleMania. That is not to say that he can or will never turn heel, but WWE has a situation where it cannot happen yet.
In order for John Cena to turn heel, there needs to be a Superstar who can replace him as the face of the company. CM Punk was unable to do that and has proven to be, like Orton, most effective as a heel. Sheamus and Ryback have a lot of potential, but have still not reached the same level as Cena.
In order for Cena to turn heel, there needs to be someone who can both perform in the ring as well as outside. No one has reached the level of Cena in terms of media appearances and charity.
Until WWE finds someone to replace Cena, he cannot turn heel.
If John Cena or Randy Orton were to turn heel at WrestleMania 29, one clearly has a better chance than the other. Randy Orton is more likely to turn heel, but that doesn’t mean he necessarily will. It all comes down to whether or now WWE trusts Orton. CM Punk has proven to be a quality top heel, so WWE is not desperate to turn Orton heel.
In all likelihood, neither Cena nor Orton will turn heel. WWE doesn’t always surprise us fans and storylines are not always as predictable as they seem. Since many people believe Randy Orton or John Cena will turn heel, hopefully WWE makes a swerve and fools us all.
Who do you think is more likely to turn heel, John Cena or Randy Orton? Do you think either will turn? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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