The 2024 WWE Money in the Bank event in Toronto, Canada was filled with memorable moments, highlighted by John Cena’s announcement of his upcoming retirement from in-ring competition next year. Amidst these revelations, Cena has also addressed the possibility of finally turning heel before he hangs up his boots.

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.

John Cena demonstrated his potential as an effective heel during his “Doctor of Thuganomics” gimmick, but WWE never fully committed to turning him heel once he became the face of the company. Reports suggest that Vince McMahon was proud of rejecting ideas for Cena’s heel turn, maintaining Cena’s status as beloved face in WWE.

While speaking during the post-Money in the Bank press conference, John Cena was asked if he would finally turn to the dark side and become a heel, similar to what The Rock did recently.

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“Back at the Raw After WrestleMania in 2013, you brought out some dance moves. One of them was a little heel turn. At a Funhouse match, you donned the nWo shirt. We’ve seen The Rock embrace the dark side in his latest return to the ring. In this final run, do you think there’s any chance we see a darker side of John Cena?”

John Cena stated that after 22 years, he believes fans can perceive his authentic self despite moments of frustration, disappointment, or challenges. He emphasized his daily effort to be a better human being, acknowledging that behaving otherwise would contradict his values and that he doesn’t know how much impact a heel turn would have now. Cena expressed confidence in fans’ ability to call out him for not being authentic.

“I think by now, after, what, 22 years, I know you will see me, but you won’t see me? [laughter] You will get my authentic self. And moments of frustration and moments of disappointment. I guess I don’t think in those terms. What I do know is I try to work hard every day to be as good a human being as I can. I don’t know how much impact that would have, because that goes heavily against what I value. I think fans would see through it. I think our fans are so—they have a great b******* meter.”

We have also reported why WWE never turned John Cena heel despite fans demanding it for so many years. Regardless, Cena is more than happy to end his career as a babyface and that’s all that matters.

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