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WWE WrestleMania 29: A Missed Opportunity to Create History with a Cena Turn

The Rock and John Cena. (Photo credit: WWE.com)
The Rock and John Cena. (Photo credit: WWE.com)
Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IIApril 7, 2013

The WWE made history when it announced that over 80,000 wrestling fans packed MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ to watch WrestleMania 29.

Unfortunately, despite a strong pay-per-view, the WWE missed its biggest and greatest opportunity to turn the wrestling industry upside down.

That missed opportunity by the WWE was electing to leave John Cena as a babyface character.

Cena was poised to not only regain the WWE Championship belt but also turn as the company's strongest heel character. Yet, instead of taking a bold, risky move, the WWE did not pull any shockers, keeping Cena as the company's top babyface star. 

For weeks, Cena has received a chorus of loud boos and even "boring" chants, especially on the last edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. Meanwhile, The Rock was heavily favored with cheers. To make matters worse for Cena, the new WWE champion received an unwelcoming ovation from over 80,000 people in attendance at WrestleMania 29.

This could have indeed been the tipping point for Cena and a perfect storyline for the WWE to run with by turning his character heel. Yet, that did not happen, as Cena won with a clean victory over The Rock.

The WWE missed what could have been the most perfect moment to flip Cena's role and give his character a new and fresh start as a heel. For the WWE, it could have brought much attention to its television product and potentially stronger viewership. 

However, given Cena's character and role for WWE's younger audience, the company would have taken a tremendous leap of faith. Another component as to why Cena did not turn heel was his role on television, whose character currently fits the WWE's TV-PG model.

Nevertheless, with WrestleMania 29 in the books, the company appears to be giving Cena another strong babyface run as WWE champion. Although a heel turn could have brought much to the table, it is now clear that the WWE was not willing to make a change toward Cena's character.

Unfortunately, the WWE may not have another grand moment like WrestleMania 29.

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