WrestleMania 28: For The Rock vs. John Cena Feud to Work, Cena Must Turn Heel

Ryan FryeSenior Analyst IApril 5, 2011

For the first time in WWE History, the main event at WrestleMania has been set, the night after the previous WrestleMania.

In case you missed it, John Cena called out The Rock on Raw after Rock cost him his WWE Championship against The Miz, in the main event at WrestleMania 27. John Cena said the time for talk was over and challenged The Rock to match. The Rock accepted, but said it could only happen at one place: WrestleMania 28 in Miami, Florida.

So now, with one year until the match happens, how is the WWE going to keep us entertained for this long?

Well, I believe that there is only one way that this feud will not grow stale: turning John Cena into a heel.

Look, having a face versus face matchup is almost never entertaining. Heels are the more entertaining characters in the first place, because they have more of an edge than a face. They make you hate them, and you want to see them get destroyed by the face. 

Now, lets get more in depth here.

John Cena has been the face of the WWE for five years now. He has become Mr. PG and as a result, receives more boos than cheers from the crowd anyway. I mean, since The Rock returned, his reaction went from mixed to 75 percent boos. The top face of your company shouldn't get more boos than cheers, and if they do, it is time for a change.

As it just so happens, Cena is up against the ultimate face, The Rock.

The Rock was a heel in his WWE career, but I'm convinced he could not make a heel turn at this point. What's he going to do to turn the crowd against him? Attack a face? No, because he's an even bigger face.

So, having the ultimate face turn the current face of the WWE heel makes perfect sense.

Cena would be the product of a (very) slow-churning heel turn. He would begin to add heel traits to his character, and slowly but surely turn from the biggest face in the WWE to the biggest heel.

Without this, the Cena-Rock feud would almost be guaranteed to get dull. Looking at things, the two have already gotten physical. So are you going to have a year's worth of the same stuff that we've already seen?

I think not.

As far as who would take Cena's spot, Randy Orton would become the top face in the WWE. He is already receiving the biggest pops of anybody and can act heelish, but is still cheered. 

The Rock versus John Cena feud could possibly become the most epic feuds in WWE history. However, if it grows stale, it could be one of the biggest flops in WWE history. For me, there is one way to make sure things don't flop, and that is the long anticipated heel turn of John Cena.