John Cena is currently on hiatus to film the second season of his television show and he is expected to be out until the end of the year. The latest WWE rumors suggest that Cena might be turning heel when he returns to build up his feud with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33.
According to Anthony DiMoro of Forbes, the WWE is planning something huge for the 15-time WWE World Champion as the creative team is talking more and more of turning him heel. The basis for it is to increase the declining ratings of both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
“WWE creative has been talking, more than ever, about a potential John Cena heel turn. As it currently stands there has been ideas floated around that would put John Cena in a position to make a turn, similar to that of Hulk Hogan did in WCW in the 90s,” DiMoro noted.
“Cena going on a lengthy hiatus for ‘American Grit’ could allow WWE to set something big in motion and it seems as though that moment, if any moment would likely happen at WrestleMania 33,” he added.
The ratings for both Raw and SmackDown have been subpar since the brand extension and the WWE has not done anything to get the fans excited. The NFL season and presidential debate have also affected the shows but mainly the product needs to be improved more and more.
According to The Inquisitr, John Cena was scheduled to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 but it was scrapped after he suffered an injured shoulder. One of the plans for his match at WrestleMania 33 is against The Undertaker or him winning his 16th WWE World Championship.
The last time John Cena played a heel role was in 2003 during his “Doctor of Thuganomics” gimmick. He feuded with the likes of Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit and The Undertaker at that time before turning face at the end of 2003.
It should be noted that these are just WWE rumors at the moment and should be taken with a grain of salt. Cena has mentioned in many interviews that he does not see himself turning heel ever again unless WWE Chairman Vince McMahon wants him to do it.
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