I'd rather Cena turn heel to be honest. The biggest hurtles of him turning heel have been addressed: there's already babyfaces popular enough to replace him (Punk, Sheamus), that sell a lot a merch (Punk, Sheamus) and appeal to key demographics (Punk is popular amoung kids and adults, Sheamus mostly with kids like Cena). If they truely want to make RAW 1000 has pivoital moment in their industry a Cena heel turn will send shockwaves. Hogan turning heel helped bring in a lot of casual viewers who had given up on wrestling just see why their former "hero" went bad, I could envision a similar result with Cena. Bottom line: there is a boatload of money to be made with a Cena heel turn with Punk and Sheamus being able to pick up the slack on the face end of things.
Last Edit: Jul 19, 2012 12:43:57 GMT -5 by Dat Dude
Post by sportatorium on Jul 19, 2012 14:03:40 GMT -5
It seems like they are planting the seeds, but will anyone boo him for turning on Cena? If Cena hits the five moves of doom and gets back the title and Punk goes after him, I would imagine him getting a babyface reaction for doing it.
I think this is sadly going to lead to a Big Show Schmozz of some sort and a triple threat at SummerSlam with Rock as referee or something like that.
Post by vanboxmeer on Jul 19, 2012 14:08:03 GMT -5
The heel turn won't happen at Raw 1000 itself, but they will plants seeds for CM Punk's character to be different going forward whether it's a slow-burn heel turn or just making him a more edgier face again.
Post by Clash the Cookie Monster on Jul 19, 2012 15:23:11 GMT -5
I don't see anyone turning Monday, but I wouldn't mind it being Punk.
I don't think it's out of the realm of reason for WWE to keep promoting him with t-shirts and DVDs while he works crowds, as WWE could easily use him as a reverse Cena who plays a heel to younger fans but still gets cheered by the diehards and the older men. And the 35 year old Cena is on borrowed time as the WWE top face anyway, so it wouldn't be accurate to label a Punk turn as a "reset". I guarantee you he'd probably only be railing against a heel Punk for roughly one year tops before WWE pushed somebody else.
And I wouldn't mind Cena being the one to turn either, but as I've stated before numerous times: if they want a solid heel turn where he doesn't start getting cheered by Punk supporters, they have to exxagerate what those fans already don't like about him. Douche Cena would be way more profitable (and interesting) than Vengeful Cena. And as I'm not sure if WWE realizes that, I consider heel Punk the more practical option.