WWE WrestleMania XXVIII

John Cena: How the WWE's Top Star May Be Heading for a Heel Turn

Is John Cena headed for an anticipated heel turn?
Is John Cena headed for an anticipated heel turn?J. Meric/Getty Images
Gabe MamboContributor IIIDecember 27, 2011

For years, John Cena has been booked as the top face of the WWE. After Monday Night Raw, he may become anything but a face.

At the conclusion of the WWE's flagship show on Monday Night, John Cena was left looked dejected and forlorn in Chicago, Illinois. This was due to the fact that multiple fans in Allstate Arena were chanting "Cena Sucks."

The chants were started by the recently returned Kane. He cut a promo in the last segment of Raw before being interrupted by the 12-time world champion from Massachusetts.

Kancriticized Cena for telling the masses to "rise above hate." According to the veteran superstar, the emotion of hate is simply human nature.

After giving his opinion on hate, Kane vowed to "enlighten" Cena on how to accept hatred. His first step was creating the last image on Monday Night Raw.

His first step was getting the crowd involved.

This certainly wasn't the first time that John Cena had heard the chants that ended the show. As a matter of fact, he had been hearing them for years.

Many would probably say that the split opinion on Cena was evident since the main event of WrestleMania 22, when John Cena managed to make Triple H tap out to his "STF" submission maneuver.

Cena was reported to have been emotionally drained as well as physically drained after retaining the title in what was his second reign with the belt at the time.

Regardless of the criticism from multiple fans, John Cena still moved forward. He went out to win ten more world championships, and headline many more WrestleManias.

John Cena is even the centerpiece of the highly anticipated main event of the WrestleMania XXVIII. He will be facing off against the iconic Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Miami, Florida.

Despite how stagnant the WWE product has been, it would be difficult to place a lot of blame on the immensely popular Cena. The company still places a high amount of value on their most over star, as they should.

However, fans are not always merciful to John Cena.

A certain group of wrestling fans have not been the biggest fans of John Cena. Characteristically, they are usually older fans who yearn for a better product like what was present in the 1980s wrestling boom or Attitude Era of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Anti-Cena remarks have been a subjective of WWE programming in the past. Cena himself has even addressed the sentiments against him on television.

However, the WWE hasn't exactly dug this deep into the apparently polarizing nature of their top star.

At the end of Monday Night Raw, a revived and masked Kane add more heat to the fire that is the uprise against John Cena.

Is the WWE considering a fully-fledged heel turn for Cena? Could it be that after five to six years as the top face of the company, this 12-time world champion could be up for a change of character?

Will he embrace the hate? That is yet to be seen.

However, one may or may not find it unsettling that a lone man in his "Rise Above Hate" t-shirt was left standing on the entrance stage of the WWE's flagship show dealing with the chants he had been hearing since near the beginning of his run as a main event star.

It makes people wonder. It makes people think.

Is this the beginning of a heel turn for John Cena? The WWE Universe may find out soon.

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