"In professional wrestling, a face or babyface is a character who is portrayed as a hero relative to the heel wrestlers, who are analogous to villains."
"Not everything a face wrestler does must be heroic: faces need only to be cheered by the audience to be effective characters. The vast majority of wrestling storylines place a face against a heel."
There was a time when this definition of a hero would apply without question.
When it comes to your resident WWE Champion John Cena, however, this is not the case at all.
Remember the time when Hulk Hogan appeared on television but once in a blue moon, yet to everyone he was this magical being leading the WWE to new heights. And when faced with impossible odds, he somehow rose above them to find victory.
Afterwards he retreated, leaving the fans wanting more and wondering when would be the next time they would get another glance at the "Hulkster."
Most people adored Hulk Hogan. He was the ultimate hero, and when he spoke, people listened. And yes, though good guys tend to get sappy, for some reason they ate everything up.
John Cena is not in that position anymore. Though he is still penciled in as the hero, he must be the most hated "face" character of all time.
It is not about the person at all. John Cena, the person, should be commended and held in the highest esteem to be honest because of all the good work he does for children worldwide.
His contributions to the company on the outside are second to none. He really puts himself out there to ensure there is a product lined up for the next generation. That is amazing.
However, nothing will change the fact that his wretched character must somehow....go on vacation or change or just disappear altogether!
It has gotten to the point where people actually hate, not dislike, but hate John Cena (character) really badly!
Hi, I'm Giulio and I am a Cena-hater! And I would write that in caps if it were possible.
There are plenty of reasons why it got to that point. Many fans loved him at first, but after years of being fed his lines every week and suffering through his every-colour-of-the-rainbow t-shirts, it has reached a point where enough is enough!
Every time the company starts building up a new villain, enter John Cena with his "I laugh at your challenge" attitude. He goes round and round, making silly remarks and bad jokes and never, ever taking his opponent seriously whether it be Kane, Mark Henry and now even Ryback.
WWE has gone to great lengths building up The Shield as the great threat, and what did fans witness last week? John Cena chasing them all away single-handedly!!
People are tired of seeing that every week. All you have to look at the fans in the audience and notice all the ones booing him.
It is about believing. Does anyone really "believe" in this guy anymore? Did he really have to be champion again?
How many people switch off Raw compared to say, three years ago?
The difference between Hogan and Cena is simple: The Hulkster wasn't on your TV screen every Monday, goofing off and disposing of threats with but the wave of a hand. He took his opponents seriously, even when it was Sgt. Slaughter.
Fans believed in the Hulk Hogan character and were behind him 100 percent. I was a Warrior fan back then, but he still managed to get me on his bandwagon eventually.
People love The Rock. People love Stone Cold. But John Cena? I don't think so.
Is he still a "babyface" at this point? I just figure if no one likes you...
It is actually kind of sad really. A would-be hero with no one to follow him anymore.
Everything changes in life, everything. Hulk Hogan changed, Macho Man changed, Stone Cold, The Rock, Bret Hart, HBK, Triple H...they all changed!
Chris Jericho? My head is still spinning from all the change.
That is what excites the WWE Universe. You fall out of touch with something or someone, the company will adapt and evolve. You end up liking a Superstar twice as much most of the time because it is a refreshing change.
John Cena? Nope, can't. Or is it won't?
He is a "babyface" by definition for now just because it is penciled that way, but honestly people hate his guts and it's genuine now. You can tell. All you have to do is pay attention to your television screen or, better yet, get an earful at a live event near you.
Though the man deserves a toast, all his character is getting is a roast!
So here's to John Cena, the most hated good guy of all time!