What else needs to be said?
Thanks to Peter for that creative email. I honestly LOL'd when I read it the first and second time.
In all seriousness, I understand why John Cena is where he's at. In general, he is the face of the WWE and represents it very well. He deserves to be there and from a business standpoint, he should be protected. While CM Punk has come a long way in appealing to those fans Cena never could, there's still a VERY large audience that live and die by the former Champ. Once you take John Cena away from that demographic, there's no going back for a long time. It's a big decision.
CM Punk is being primed to take Cena's spot as the "new" face of the company and I have a prediction. I said it on this week's Voice of Wrestling broadcast. You may read the following sentence and think it's an obvious possibility, but the WWE has passed on many opportunities to do it in the past couple of years, so it's never an "obvious" choice with Cena.
I think John Cena turns heel by the end of WrestleMania next year. It's time. By the way, I don't necessarily mean at WM. I think it "should" happen before, but I do think at some point before or by the end of next year's mega-event, Cena will be a heel again.
This debate has been argued back and forth now for several years ad nauseum and I could clearly be wrong. But if Vince wants to accomplish anything remotely close to what WCW did with Hogan's heel turn, they need to do it sooner rather than later. Punk is there to pick up the pieces as the top babyface and merchandise seller, and Cena will be the best heel wrestling has seen in over a decade. I base that previous statement on fan response and emotion alone – not necessarily on how he plays the part.
Let's make history, Vince. The pieces are being put into place right now with the Miz/Truth storyline and the timing could never be better heading into the perceived biggest WrestleMania of all time.
For the sake of argument, let's say I'm right and John Cena will turn heel by or at this year's WrestleMania – how do you think it should go down? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your storyline suggestions. I look forward to reading about 25% of them!
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