John Cena Wanted to Go Full Heel – WWE Writer Matt McCarthy Reveals the Scrapped Plan for John Cena

Published 06/08/2021, 12:47 PM EDT


Who doesn’t know John Cena? The previous generation, the current generation, the next generation, and one that will follow.. Everyone knows who Cena is. In fact, he’s popular enough for everyone to understand the memes based on invisibility and Cena. However, the Cena the fans know and love could have had a very different WWE character had WWE executed the plans.

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During an episode of We Watch Wrestling Podcast, Matt McCarthy and Vince Averill discussed WWE’s plans of turning John Cena heel. In fact, the company and Cena had decided on the gear he would showcase if and when he turned heel.

“I don’t know what the gear was, but he had specific gear made ready and waiting and then obviously we know it never happened, and there was a point in the discussions where it was like, ‘Well, the people who are gonna cheer him are going to continue to cheer him,’ (as he is now, as he is, you know, “Never Give Up,”) ‘and the people who are gonna boo him, are just gonna keep booing him’,” said McCarthy. “So the thinking was, that’s the most heelish thing he can do is to stay that white meat, smiling, pure babyface.”

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Vince McMahon did not want John Cena to go full heel

The WWE Chairman wanted to do something similar to Bret Hart for Cena turning heel. He didn’t want the do-all-good personality to completely fade.

However, the veteran Superstar did not agree to this. He didn’t like the middle-ground idea and wanted to go full heel or remain babyface.

“Vince kept trying to figure out how do we do like a Bret Hart thing? Where he’s a heel in some places, but he’s a babyface in the rest of the places,” said McCarthy. “Cena was like, ‘If I’m going heel, I want to go full heel,’ and it did get close enough to the point where, and I’m sure he still has this gear, like Cena had gear made for the heel turn, you know? No longer the jorts.” H/t Mandatory

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Even though John Cena never turned heel, it didn’t stop him from achieving heights within the wrestling industry. In fact, he is one of the Superstars who get credit for WWE’s most successful era.

Currently, there are rumours of him returning to the company, but WWE has announced nothing yet.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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