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Cena Heel Turn: MISTAKE

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Sup y'all. Third blog today. That's what happens when you drink wine and use Sheiky Baby's "medicine."

I think this idea of a Cena heel turn is well-meaning but not a good business idea. What is it going to accomplish? Here are the typical reasons why people go heel:
1) For some reason they're not quite over as a face. they need to get vicious and beat the living hell out of some people to be taken seriously. not a big issue for "super cena."
2) Split with a faction, tag-team, etc. Not relevant.
3) To balance out the heel/face ratio, and here's one of the big issues. JR has said that in every company there is "the man." One guy. That's John Cena. Who is your top babyface when John Cena is a heel? Orton? Nah man, nah. It's good that they're using him to put Christian over as WHC right now but when that program is finished Orton has got to turn heel.
4) To really shake things up and turn shit on its ear a la Hollywood Hulk Hogan. Well, CM Punk is turning things upside down just fine right now, thank you, not to mention the major shit going down with HHH replacing Vince on-screen as boss.
Here's the other thing: what precedent is there to turn John Cena heel? There are comparisons to Hogan, of course. But When Hogan went heel, he was in a different company and a different era. Maybe a few years down the line the Cena turn would make sense. The reason Hogan went heel is because his fans grew up and turned on him. Basically we have to wait for two things before Cena will make an honest to god heel turn. We need someone else to be able to take that top spot. That's gonna be Punk, Orton, or Daniel Bryan. Punk and Orton would both be tweeners and Bryan would be sort of a modernized Bob Backlund. Maybe in a few years Morrison will be ready. Who knows? It's got to be somebody though. One thing you'll notice if you pay attention to WCW is that when Hogan was a heel and half the company was in the nWo, it was hard to come up with a solid top babyface with staying power. Yeah there was DDP and they tried some other guys and whatever. What gets to me is that Flair and the Horsemen were faces which is wrong. Babyface Flair vs heel Hogan? F that, and F babyface Orton vs Heel Cena. The other thing we're waiting for, which is just as important and just as pertinent to the Hogan discussion, is for the Little Jimmys to hit puberty. The yellow and red, super duper hero type thing was not cutting it in the latter half of the 90's and if you just give it time the "Cenation" (dumb name) will probably find itself in decline as well.

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  1. thetheme's Avatar
    One of the biggest problems with turning Cena heel is that there is no one that is BELIEVEABLE that can take him down if he does go heel. You would have to turn many people face that shouldn't be a face. Of course money and merchandice has a lot to do with it. Cena needs a replacement. They have tried this, but no one is believeable enough in the face department to take over and take him down.

    Rey going heel? Without goons, a tag team backing him, or a faction it just wouldn't look right. He is too "cute and cuddly" for the women and a hero for the kids. Plus, that wouldn't be believeable.
  2. knox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Brown One
    @knox: With Rey turning heel he wouldn't sell as much merchandise. Hes been a face for such a long time for good reason-hes a moneymaker. Also, people usually cheer for the high-flyer face, so that's even more reason to keep him as he is.

    @DM Tea: Agree with your opinions about Cena.
    You make a good point Brown one. Sadly merchandise sellers can never turn heel. The thing about Rey is that even some fans are booing him. He almost got louder boos in Chicago than Cena. WHen Rey was on the ladder about to grab the breifcase those fans booed him like crazy lol.
  3. knox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thetheme
    One of the biggest problems with turning Cena heel is that there is no one that is BELIEVEABLE that can take him down if he does go heel. You would have to turn many people face that shouldn't be a face. Of course money and merchandice has a lot to do with it. Cena needs a replacement. They have tried this, but no one is believeable enough in the face department to take over and take him down.

    Rey going heel? Without goons, a tag team backing him, or a faction it just wouldn't look right. He is too "cute and cuddly" for the women and a hero for the kids. Plus, that wouldn't be believeable.
    @DM, one more time, thanks for the blog, some interesting convoerstaions have been coming up which is all fun.

    @The theme, you are absolutely right. I'm contradicting myself but you make perfect sense when you say nobody would be believable enough to take Cena down if he went heel,

    The only person that would be believable is Orton. Now I would pay big bucks to see Orton & Cena feud again if the roles are switched. I would like to say a face Sheamus could take Cena down because Sheamus pretty much owned Cena when they were involved in their feud. But you definitely make a good point.

    And the thing you said about Rey was right also. If he turned heel he would have to have a stable.
  4. DM Tea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knox
    You make a good point Brown one. Sadly merchandise sellers can never turn heel. The thing about Rey is that even some fans are booing him. He almost got louder boos in Chicago than Cena. WHen Rey was on the ladder about to grab the breifcase those fans booed him like crazy lol.
    Hell yeah dude. remember when the Miz came hobbling back out on one leg after getting hurt earlier? He got a HUGE fucking pop and when Rey took him off the ladder he got mad heat. I mean X-Pac heat.
  5. AOF666's Avatar
    Cena is no Hogan. Hogan became a cult icon, Cena's not. When Hogan turned heel, it didn't hurt him at all.
  6. fallscountanywhere's Avatar
    The ONLY way that heel Cena would work if they did it the same way that they did it with Bret Hart. You need to have Cena as a face to kids and a heel to the adults. Now I don't particularly like Cena, just think he's gotten overrated, but I think a complete heel turn would kill him.
  7. HeartlessAttack's Avatar
    I'm unsure of how valid this "waiting for the Little Jimmy's to grow up" argument is. I'd say that most of them will hit puberty, move on and be replaced by new L.J.'s.
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