John Cena’s contributions to WWE cannot be understated as he was the face of the company during the PG Era. He remained a babyface for the entire time and never turned heel. Vince McMahon even had an idea of turning him into a Bret Hart-like heel at one point in time. Then that hope of trying out his bad guy side evaporated when WWE realized how much money Cena is worth as a good guy hero for children.
John Cena showed he could be an effective heel with his Doctor of Thuganomics gimmick. However, WWE never really pulled the trigger once Cena became the face of the company. Vince McMahon was even proud of rejecting ideas for Cena’s heel turn.
While speaking on In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, John Cena talked about the evolution of his character in WWE. Cena revealed that he found out WWE would never turn him heel back in 2009.
“WWE and sports entertainment walk that gray line. Everyone knows it’s entertainment, everyone. But everyone wants to believe in what’s going on. They don’t ask, even the most iconic superhero characters, they’re known for their performances but they do get to step away. There is a clear-cut difference. In WWE, the audience doesn’t want that. They don’t.
And that’s what keeps them coming back and that’s what keeps the train on the tracks. That’s part of it. So I was made aware that I would not undergo a tectonic shift in John Cena, the character, probably around 2009. So that allowed me to get that conversation off the board, and I had to, or I chose to dive into nuance.”
Even Jim Ross couldn’t accept the fact that John Cena never turned heel. John Cena will forever remain a babyface no matter what and fans have simply accepted this fact now.
h/t to Wrestling Inc
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