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Rated_R(ob)KO
12-24-2011, 04:11 AM
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Welcome to another edition of the blog form of SOT'E. First off, Merry Christmas (Santamas) and Happy Holidays to everyone out there. Now, on to business... I haven't done one in a little bit but, I have a pretty good topic I'd like to discuss. I've seen this posted once before but, I'm going for it again. I'm going to present BOTH sides of the arguement though and then see if I can come to a viable conclusion on what's exactly happening. What is the controversial debate I'm speaking of? Well, none other than Mr. John Cena himself of course!

Without a shadow of a doubt he is literally the most polarizing "company face" that has ever been. Cena has managed to climb to the tippy top of THE 'E and stay there for quite some time. He's gone from Prototype, to Ruthless, to rapper, to Marine, to SuperCena to... ??? And I think that's our problem. He's been stale as a character for so long, people are forgetting who he is. John is forgetting who he is. Right? Well, how about we look at the sides and see what the conclusion can be here. #LetsGO!

JOHN CENA IS A FACE:
OF COURSE John Cena is face! He's one of the biggest merchandise draws in the annals of THE 'E's storied lifespan. He caters to everyone, he's the epitome of a role model. No drugs, no slack, all work ethic, he jokes but when it comes time to get the job done... he's all about it. He's a Champions Champion. He carries the belt with pride and wears it quite well. He's been known as one of the hardest working individuals in THE 'E if not THE hardest one. He's done hundreds of "Make-A-Wish" grants, he's done tons of TV appearances and radio appearances.

He's been in movies, has a CD... everything. He's beaten the best that the game has had to offer him. He's been "stunned" by Austin, had the torch passed from Austin, TO HIM specifically with a gesture of a beer. He is John Cena, your child (and mine) looks up to him and there's unwavering and undeniable proof that he's there for them and he'll never turn his back.

JOHN CENA IS A HEEL:
OF COURSE John Cena is a heel! He's been overtaken as the top draw for THE 'E by CM Punk who is emerging as the next face of the company. John is bitter because of it. He doesn't try to cater to everyone, he's turning his back on his "haters" per say and only focusing on a few select groups of people. Children and Women. His work ethic has been damaged lately. He's been performing at a lackluster rate, very complacient in his move set. (He's like a Pokemon.) He hasn't been Champion for a few months and the last time he was, CM Punk ate him alive. Slayed the giant. He hasn't been the same since. He's cut back on movies because of them being flops, he's not doing anywhere NEAR the amount of work he's known for. He's slacked on a lot of "Make-A-Wish" grants this year. Lack of popularity?

He's been called out for being basically a #bitch by The Rock... another guy for another time by the way but, basically the crowd has turned on him. He's even had some problems with his own "chain gang" recently. A lot of kids are getting older now and they're not down with the Hulk Hogan style of wrestling. He's even turned his back basically on all of the young kids that grew with him from 2002-2008. Those kids don't matter anymore because they want something different from him? They want change? So, you turn your back.

CONCLUSION?:
I honestly don't think there's a clear cut ending to this actually. John has been involved in plenty of memorable moments in THE 'E but, he's still viciously hated. I want to believe it's just a case of the fans hating him so much that he's been turned heel by proxy. Although his promos have been turned into a more serious and weird tone lately. Like for instance, if you listen to my Podcast, and I know you do (Cheap pop.) then you'll understand where I'm coming from.

I'm nowhere near trying to look into it but did anyone notice his attitude during The Slammys? His brim was down covering his face, he degraded all of The Rock's fans and anyone standing in his way, so... does that technically make Kane a face? I mean, is he going after the monster brewing inside of Cena? Does he know something we don't? Kane basically "silenced" John this past Monday and ripped up the "RISE ABOVE HATE" shirt. There's obviously a reason for this.

Kane has his targets set on Mark Henry for sure but, there's something about John Cena that's catching his attention. I personally don't necessarily think he's a "#HEEL" yet persay. I do think that this will be a slow build towards a turn though considering the new "John Cena Sucks" and the "We Can See You" shirts. This is definitely a clever marketing ploy by THE 'E... make him a face who's a heel... who's a face? Hmm... it's definitely interesting with good ol' Johnny boy right now, that's for sure.

Are you interested in his new character development?

Too little, too late?

Lazy way to make his character interesting again?

What are your opinons on the matter?

Sound off below so we can hear your thoughts and definitely check out www.onemorenerd.com (http://www.ewrestlingnews.com/community/www.onemorenerd.com) so you can listen to new SOT'E Podcasts every week. Thanks for reading and see you again soon!

NEXT BLOG TOPIC:
"Was 2011 One Of The Best Years Ever?"

The Brown One
12-24-2011, 05:50 AM
Great blog! Merry Christmas Rob :)
Of course you're gonna get the usual bunch saying "CENA SUX, TURN HIM HEEL NOW". But I think that's a bad idea for the very moment. If he even were to turn heel, he should do it in surprise, when no one expects it. Like right now, hes rising above the hate, so to speak. But in a month or two, I want to see him ruthlessly take out a top face, and turn his back on his fans. It will catch people off guard, and get more people to tune in to watch this new side of Cena. But if that doesn't happen (which I'm fairly sure it won't), then he should at least be more aggressive. He should stop taking crap and start fighting back, instead of saying "I love these fans energy! They paid for their tickets so they have a right to boo me".

SkilletBoi
12-24-2011, 06:53 AM
I didnt even read the blog, i saw the #HEEL and thought it was gonna be about Dolph Ziggler :/

Los Conquistador
12-24-2011, 07:07 AM
I didnt even read the blog, i saw the #HEEL and thought it was gonna be about Dolph Ziggler :/



Yeah, disappointed me too
Woulda liked a blog purely on dolph

Shaz11
12-24-2011, 11:06 AM
All the kids and women love Cena! All the men hate Cena! So isn't he a tweener?

SDR
12-24-2011, 11:25 AM
yeah, when I read #HEEL I thought this would be about Dolph Ziggler.... I think John Cena would be awesome if his heel side surfaced more often, like rather than the "5 moves of doom" there was a series of shady moves... did the AA used to be called the FU? if so a series of shady moves followed with an FU. That's where I'm hoping this goes, to a face/heel Cena.

Wade Barrett 1979
12-24-2011, 11:30 AM
I didnt even read the blog, i saw the #HEEL and thought it was gonna be about Dolph Ziggler :/

Thanks for letting us know!!!

Wade Barrett 1979
12-24-2011, 11:31 AM
Yeah, disappointed me too
Woulda liked a blog purely on dolph

Write one then chief! I'd look forward to reading it! :)

Cabers
12-24-2011, 11:33 AM
yeah, when I read #HEEL I thought this would be about Dolph Ziggler.... I think John Cena would be awesome if his heel side surfaced more often, like rather than the "5 moves of doom" there was a series of shady moves... did the AA used to be called the FU? if so a series of shady moves followed with an FU. That's where I'm hoping this goes, to a face/heel Cena.

Exactly. Idon't really care either way i fast forwrded all his matches once i see the usual set of moves coming i know its over.

CM Rock-Austin
12-24-2011, 03:10 PM
All the kids and women love Cena! All the men hate Cena! So isn't he a tweener?

That's exactly wat I was thinking and great blog rob!

The Brown One
12-24-2011, 04:11 PM
He doesn't act like a tweener. He just takes in the bitching and never fights back.

Broc
12-24-2011, 04:16 PM
I really don't want John Cena to be heel right now, especially in this feud with the Rock, I would much rather see the Rock play the heel role, plus, I have an extreme disliking for the Rock right now, so at least he were a heel I would have a reason to hate him :)

Lowki
12-24-2011, 05:31 PM
Heel or Face i'm going to go out on a limb and say he would still be uninteresting. Now turn Orton heel and make him a dick? That would be more interesting.

eyehatecena
12-25-2011, 11:17 PM
I personally think the only chance they had to turn Cena heel was during the Nexus period. Doing it now- would not work. It would be like when they tried to turn Sting back in WCW, fans still were behind him, it did not stick. I would not even think Cena would be believable as a tweener.
Cena panders to his fans, they eat it up. Yes, he has his haters too, but he plays it off pretty good if you ask me. As far as his going back and forth with someone on the mic, or doing a promo against someone else, he ranges from corny to condesending(which is a heelish trait for others, but with Cena it works in his favor, while still coming off corny at times).
I would say keep him face, especially going into WM. I am just glad WWE is giving someone else a bigger push than him now.
Now turing Orton heel, I am all for that.