For every Cena hater out there, there are about 200 Cena lovers.
Regardless of the age demographic that splits these two camps, there is no denying that John Cena is a superstar. Certain wrestlers manage to transcend popularity inside and outside the squared circle. John Cena is one of those guys.
When Cena debuted, he answered an open challenge to the untouchable Kurt Angle. He was an instant hit, slapping Angle before the bell. Few would have predicted then that this kid from Boston would go on to be the face of WWE.
But his rise was epic. As he captured titles along the way, it soon became clear that the era of 'Ruthless Aggression' had its main guy. After a brief hiatus, he returned with what I feel was his best gimmick: his rapper persona.
He was a street-wise kid who showed no respect for his elders or authority—a kid who commenced battle on the mic before entering the ring. He ripped everyone on the roster the minute the opportunity presented itself.
Some of his raps were legendary, others terrible, but the WWE universe was interested.
I am not a Cena mark, but I feel he has been given the hard end of the stick of late. With the return of the 'Jabroni-beating, pie-eating great one, Cena is feeling the heat. Unlike before, this heat is not per his request, but rather the fans' frustration at the current product.
Cena embodies what many fans now hate about wrestling: the PG era, WWE films and the constant quest to become mainstream.
I like The Rock and was excited about his return, but we all know his heart is elsewhere. After his skit at WrestleMania, he will no longer owe the fans anything, and the final pay off will be complete, leaving Cena yet again to pick up the pieces of the ailing company.
WWE need to take a chance and turn their most valuable asset into their most hated superstar. Every WWE superstar turns heel at the height of their popularity, like Hogan, Austin and Rocky. Albeit, Hogan turned in WCW, but that proves more than anything that it works.
If Cena does turn, then he needs to go back to his old persona and start 'spitting' on those who helped him get to the top. Turn on the fans for taking him for granted, and get back to being nasty. His old persona offered him endless feuds because he could literally cut a promo on anyone.
Why not put the fans resolve to the test? Book him to face Taker at Mania. Then we would all be questioning the streak.
He could easily feud with Taker over his dominance and presence in the WWE. Another option would be to let the Dr. of Thuganomics and CM Punk go at it like they should have before the return of "Dwayne."
Unlike most, I do see a Cena heel turn happening at some stage before WM28. It is, after all, the nature of the business. Let him go and make another movie, and when he returns CM Punk can call him out for being a hypocrite.
WHEN he does turn heel, I only hope he reverts back to his old gimmick as the leader of the chain gang and the Dr. of Thuganomics!