John Cena’s contributions to WWE cannot be understated as he was the face of the company during the PG Era. He remained 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, but it never materialized. In fact, even Cody Rhodes agrees with WWE’s decision to not turn Cena heel.

John Cena showed he could be an effective heel with his Doctor of Thuganomics gimmick but 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.

On a recent episode of the Cheap Heat Productions podcast hosted by Peter Rosenberg and Statguy Greg, Cody Rhodes likened his current role to that of John Cena. He agreed with WWE’s decision to never turn Cena heel.

“I think minimally about [the prospect of turning heel.] And I could…you never say never. John [Cena]’s never happened, and I think rightfully so. I think what we got there, we look back at now and realize [it was right not to turn him.]”


“I think what we got there, we look back at now and realize, I was just watching him vs. Umaga the other day, you see the magic of what John was able to do.”

We have also reported why WWE never turned John Cena heel despite fans demanding it for so many years. Regardless, fans only appreciate John Cena whenever he is on WWE television now and that is all that truly matters.

Are you also in agreement with Cody Rhodes that WWE never turning John Cena heel was the right call? Sound off in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet, a professional wrestling fan for over 20+ years, found his passion during the Monday Night Wars. With expertise honed over decades and a broad spectrum of interests including TV, movies, anime, novels, and music, he offers insightful analysis and coverage. Respected in the industry, Subhojeet keeps fans informed and engaged with his knowledge and perspective.

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