John Cena is undoubtedly one one of the best Superstars to have ever stepped foot inside a WWE ring. He is a 16-time World Champion and was the face of the company for well over a decade.
John Cena remained a babyface for the majority of his career at the top in WWE, despite fans demanding he turn heel on numerous occasions.
While speaking on Grilling JR, Jim Ross talked about WrestleMania 27, which featured The Rock helping The Miz defeat John Cena in the main event, leading to The Rock and Cena duking it out at WrestleMania 28.
Jim Ross talked about WWE and Vince McMahon refusing to ever turn John Cena heel, adding that he never understood why.
“The thing that’s always been funny to me is that Cena never turned heel,” Ross said. “There’s where my brain fart starts. Why didn’t we do that? Why was that not done? I’ve heard John didn’t want to be a heel, I don’t really believe that one. I just think that Vince felt like he was such a pristine baby face but if you listen to the audience, there was a long time there where he wasn’t a pristine baby face.”
Ross then said that fans were ready for Cena to become a heel in the same manner they were ready for Roman Reigns to become one last year.
“Cena getting booed was a lot like Roman Reigns getting booed whenever he was just getting rolling, and now there’s a reason to boo Roman Reigns because thanks to Paul Heyman he’s become a significant antihero. He’s a heel, and he’s a damn good one. The Cena thing, I never quite understood why we didn’t pull the trigger on that deal.”
John Cena hasn’t been seen on WWE television since WrestleMania 36. Whenever Cena does return, it is unlikely he will be a heel at the point in his career.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes