With WWE superstar John Cena being one of the company’s good guys for so long, many people are wondering whether he will ever turn heel, and it turns out, we were very close to that happening.
In the past, Cena has made it clear that he doesn’t want to turn heel given his huge following by WWE’s young demographic. That didn’t stop WWE from seriously considering that option, however. In fact, former WWE creative writer Kevin Eck revealed how close they were to that situation on The Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast saying WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was about to turn Cena into a heel but decided not to after the star wrestler landed a clothing deal with KMart.
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“Vince [McMahon] had agreed to do it, but then he changed his mind and said that we can’t do it,” Eck said (transcribed by EWrestlingNews). “This was back around the time when McMahon was really looking at Sheamus to get his push. The question was if we turn John Cena heel then who is he going to work with, who will be the top babyface?
“That was the feeling back then, then we came up with some scenarios, and believe it or not, Cena was on board with it, but right around that time there was a big clothing line for John Cena at K-Mart, and Vince McMahon was like, ‘Oh Jesus Christ, he has a deal with KMart, and now we’re going to turn him heel?’ So, KMart is to blame for Cena not turning heel,” Eck said. “During a meeting once Vince had a huge smile on his face, and he tells everyone that I know you’ve wanted John Cena as a heel for a long time, but we just can’t turn him heel and that was the end of that.”
McMahon is a smart businessman and probably figured that having Cena turn heel could end up negatively affecting the sales of his clothing line at KMart since he would be going from one of the most-liked wrestlers to someone who’s hated by almost everyone overnight.
Things may be different now, however. With Cena often taking breaks from wrestling—like he is now after losing to Roman Reigns at No Mercy—it doesn’t make sense for him to turn heel. Then again, if WWE can find someone to replace Cena down the road, maybe both parties would be open to having him turn heel. Who knows, Reigns may soon be a favorite with Cena as a heel. Anything can happen when it comes to WWE.
At the end of the day, if WWE was going to have Cena turn heel, they should have done it a long time ago. It might be too late now that he’s established himself as a lovable, fan-friendly wrestler.
Comment below and tell us whether you would like to see Cena turn heel.
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