Cena’s Legacy

Scott,

With Cena seemingly falling into the "I don't like him but I respect him" category, what do you think his legacy will be? Will his stale character and overexposure hurt his chances  of being remembered alongside guys like Austin, Hogan and Michaels?
I don't know what he'll be remembered as yet because the next generation of fans haven't entered into the business with their nostalgic views of him.  I wouldn't have thought that Hogan would get a 10 minute standing ovation in 2002 given how his career wound down in WCW, but you never know.  Maybe Cena will go away for a couple of years at the end of his career and get to come back as a massively popular legend, you never know.  

John Cena’s Stroke

I realized a bit ago that while we know about the seedy backstage exploits and political power of most of the major players in the WWE, not much is known about John Cena behind the curtain.  I thought you might be able to shed some light on the subject.  Does he have any enemies?  Does he have a “Clique”?  What do the rest of the boys think of him?  Is he considered a locker room leader?  Does he have Vince’s ear like say, Randy Orton?  That is, if Cena decided he wanted, um, Jack Swagger fired, does he have the stroke to get it done?

Everything I’ve heard about John Cena is that he’s a company man to point of absurdity at times.  I don’t think he’s particularly a locker room leader and doesn’t seem to want to do much more than go along with whatever idiotic direction is scripted for him.  You certainly never hear anyone say anything but glowing things about him and what a great guy he is, and he certainly does more charity work than anyone.  I kind of which he WOULD speak up and veto dumb ideas like his speech on Monday whining about Rock not being around.  I’m sure that if he really wanted Swagger fired, he could get it done, but he seems to be above all that kind of stuff. 

John Cena’s Stroke

I realized a bit ago that while we know about the seedy backstage exploits and political power of most of the major players in the WWE, not much is known about John Cena behind the curtain.  I thought you might be able to shed some light on the subject.  Does he have any enemies?  Does he have a “Clique”?  What do the rest of the boys think of him?  Is he considered a locker room leader?  Does he have Vince’s ear like say, Randy Orton?  That is, if Cena decided he wanted, um, Jack Swagger fired, does he have the stroke to get it done?

Everything I’ve heard about John Cena is that he’s a company man to point of absurdity at times.  I don’t think he’s particularly a locker room leader and doesn’t seem to want to do much more than go along with whatever idiotic direction is scripted for him.  You certainly never hear anyone say anything but glowing things about him and what a great guy he is, and he certainly does more charity work than anyone.  I kind of which he WOULD speak up and veto dumb ideas like his speech on Monday whining about Rock not being around.  I’m sure that if he really wanted Swagger fired, he could get it done, but he seems to be above all that kind of stuff. 

John Cena’s Stroke

I realized a bit ago that while we know about the seedy backstage exploits and political power of most of the major players in the WWE, not much is known about John Cena behind the curtain.  I thought you might be able to shed some light on the subject.  Does he have any enemies?  Does he have a “Clique”?  What do the rest of the boys think of him?  Is he considered a locker room leader?  Does he have Vince’s ear like say, Randy Orton?  That is, if Cena decided he wanted, um, Jack Swagger fired, does he have the stroke to get it done?

Everything I’ve heard about John Cena is that he’s a company man to point of absurdity at times.  I don’t think he’s particularly a locker room leader and doesn’t seem to want to do much more than go along with whatever idiotic direction is scripted for him.  You certainly never hear anyone say anything but glowing things about him and what a great guy he is, and he certainly does more charity work than anyone.  I kind of which he WOULD speak up and veto dumb ideas like his speech on Monday whining about Rock not being around.  I’m sure that if he really wanted Swagger fired, he could get it done, but he seems to be above all that kind of stuff. 

John Cena’s Stroke

I realized a bit ago that while we know about the seedy backstage exploits and political power of most of the major players in the WWE, not much is known about John Cena behind the curtain.  I thought you might be able to shed some light on the subject.  Does he have any enemies?  Does he have a “Clique”?  What do the rest of the boys think of him?  Is he considered a locker room leader?  Does he have Vince’s ear like say, Randy Orton?  That is, if Cena decided he wanted, um, Jack Swagger fired, does he have the stroke to get it done?

Everything I’ve heard about John Cena is that he’s a company man to point of absurdity at times.  I don’t think he’s particularly a locker room leader and doesn’t seem to want to do much more than go along with whatever idiotic direction is scripted for him.  You certainly never hear anyone say anything but glowing things about him and what a great guy he is, and he certainly does more charity work than anyone.  I kind of which he WOULD speak up and veto dumb ideas like his speech on Monday whining about Rock not being around.  I’m sure that if he really wanted Swagger fired, he could get it done, but he seems to be above all that kind of stuff. 

Cena’s Heel Turn

I know we as ‘smart’ fans can’t wait for the moment Cena turns heel –
it will happen within his career but I don’t see it happening this
year or next. The basic argument seems to be ‘everyone boos Cena
anyway why not just have him be heel and re-invent himself’. Whilst I
think Cena will probably do great work as a heel the boos he gets for
everything he does now will almost certainly be replaced with cheers
by those current haters – therefore creating the exact problem they
had in the first place.
Thoughts?

It wouldn’t really be a “problem” in that case, because their end goal is always to get people to cheer him.  It’s the same thing with Rock in the 90s, where they built him up into a super-strong heel and people just loved him so much that they didn’t want to boo him any more.  If their problem is that they’ve made Cena into such a great heel that people cheer him, that’s a good problem to have.  Don’t forget that Cena turned babyface in the first place because the goofy rapper gimmick that everyone remembers turned into a hard-edged heel act where he was doing crazy stuff like giving Rikishi the FU and generally getting mad cred from the fans.  The backlash started once the perception became that he was getting shoved down everyone’s throat.  So yeah, a heel turn could easily lead to him getting legitimately over as a babyface.  Really though, he’s been on top for six straight years now, you’d think it’s time to let him do movies and Make-A-Wish stuff fulltime and just push someone else. 

Cena’s Heel Turn

I know we as ‘smart’ fans can’t wait for the moment Cena turns heel –
it will happen within his career but I don’t see it happening this
year or next. The basic argument seems to be ‘everyone boos Cena
anyway why not just have him be heel and re-invent himself’. Whilst I
think Cena will probably do great work as a heel the boos he gets for
everything he does now will almost certainly be replaced with cheers
by those current haters – therefore creating the exact problem they
had in the first place.
Thoughts?

It wouldn’t really be a “problem” in that case, because their end goal is always to get people to cheer him.  It’s the same thing with Rock in the 90s, where they built him up into a super-strong heel and people just loved him so much that they didn’t want to boo him any more.  If their problem is that they’ve made Cena into such a great heel that people cheer him, that’s a good problem to have.  Don’t forget that Cena turned babyface in the first place because the goofy rapper gimmick that everyone remembers turned into a hard-edged heel act where he was doing crazy stuff like giving Rikishi the FU and generally getting mad cred from the fans.  The backlash started once the perception became that he was getting shoved down everyone’s throat.  So yeah, a heel turn could easily lead to him getting legitimately over as a babyface.  Really though, he’s been on top for six straight years now, you’d think it’s time to let him do movies and Make-A-Wish stuff fulltime and just push someone else. 

Cena’s Heel Turn

I know we as ‘smart’ fans can’t wait for the moment Cena turns heel –
it will happen within his career but I don’t see it happening this
year or next. The basic argument seems to be ‘everyone boos Cena
anyway why not just have him be heel and re-invent himself’. Whilst I
think Cena will probably do great work as a heel the boos he gets for
everything he does now will almost certainly be replaced with cheers
by those current haters – therefore creating the exact problem they
had in the first place.
Thoughts?

It wouldn’t really be a “problem” in that case, because their end goal is always to get people to cheer him.  It’s the same thing with Rock in the 90s, where they built him up into a super-strong heel and people just loved him so much that they didn’t want to boo him any more.  If their problem is that they’ve made Cena into such a great heel that people cheer him, that’s a good problem to have.  Don’t forget that Cena turned babyface in the first place because the goofy rapper gimmick that everyone remembers turned into a hard-edged heel act where he was doing crazy stuff like giving Rikishi the FU and generally getting mad cred from the fans.  The backlash started once the perception became that he was getting shoved down everyone’s throat.  So yeah, a heel turn could easily lead to him getting legitimately over as a babyface.  Really though, he’s been on top for six straight years now, you’d think it’s time to let him do movies and Make-A-Wish stuff fulltime and just push someone else. 

Cena’s Heel Turn

I know we as ‘smart’ fans can’t wait for the moment Cena turns heel –
it will happen within his career but I don’t see it happening this
year or next. The basic argument seems to be ‘everyone boos Cena
anyway why not just have him be heel and re-invent himself’. Whilst I
think Cena will probably do great work as a heel the boos he gets for
everything he does now will almost certainly be replaced with cheers
by those current haters – therefore creating the exact problem they
had in the first place.
Thoughts?

It wouldn’t really be a “problem” in that case, because their end goal is always to get people to cheer him.  It’s the same thing with Rock in the 90s, where they built him up into a super-strong heel and people just loved him so much that they didn’t want to boo him any more.  If their problem is that they’ve made Cena into such a great heel that people cheer him, that’s a good problem to have.  Don’t forget that Cena turned babyface in the first place because the goofy rapper gimmick that everyone remembers turned into a hard-edged heel act where he was doing crazy stuff like giving Rikishi the FU and generally getting mad cred from the fans.  The backlash started once the perception became that he was getting shoved down everyone’s throat.  So yeah, a heel turn could easily lead to him getting legitimately over as a babyface.  Really though, he’s been on top for six straight years now, you’d think it’s time to let him do movies and Make-A-Wish stuff fulltime and just push someone else.