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John Cena has accomplished everything there is to do in the WWE. He is the face of the company, loved by millions, but there is one thing he hasn’t done and that is make a heel turn. There has been plenty of talk of why WWE won’t pull the trigger on Cena being a heel, or why Cena himself doesn’t want it to happen. But Cena turning heel would rocket WWE into the stratosphere and give it the push not only wrestling needs, but Cena needs as well.

History lesson

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Let me take you back to the greatest heel turns of all time. A time when HulkaMania was running wild in WCW and it was all starting to feel a bit stale. As we all know, Hogan joined the NWO and turned wrestling upside down, crushing me and every other young HulkaMania’s heart. It is considered the greatest heel turn of all time why? Because Hogan was the good guy for so long, and we never thought in a million years that he would turn heel. Slowly we all realized that that Hollywood was so much cooler than HulkaMania, and this heel turn revitalized Hogan’s career.

History needs to repeat itself

Cena needs revitalization to his career in a big bad way. He needs to be reborn in the WWE. We chant “John Cena Sucks” because we are sick and tired of the goody good, same old John Cena act. Having Cena turn heel, would easily prolong his career, and allow him to take off the restraints that he has had on for so long of being a baby face. Would kids cry and hate John Cena, and burn their Cena merchandise? Sure. Would they get over it like I did with Hogan? Yes. The kids would either still love Cena because he is still there guy, or jump on the Roman train. Which is what you want everyone to do anyway right WWE? Plus, It is hard to become the top guy in WWE when Cena is still running around doing his same old act. The rest of the fan base would breathe in the fresh air of Cena’s heel turn. Cena would also have the option like Hogan did to return to the days of being good, if he wanted to.

How do we turn him heel?

I am sure as many of you are reading this, your question to me is how to turn him heel? if you are asking this, then I am sure you are unaware of what a proper heel is, considering that WWE has no idea what it is either. But to get Cena truly hated, he has to hate everyone that helped build him up. He has to tell his fan base off, tell WWE off, have him do shoot promos telling everyone how it is. He has to act like he doesn’t care about WWE, destroy the title, have a devil may care attitude.  The same stuff that has always worked to get people hated in the WWE.

The Roman Train

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Speaking of Roman Reigns, the man gets booed and isn’t even a heel. So how do we fix this problem? Well it’s quite simple you have to have someone the fans hate more.  WWE can’t decide that some 30 odd days out from WrestleMania that we are going to push Brock to be the “bad guy” just so Roman doesn’t get booed out of Mania when he wins. You have to have a proper heel turn, not just someone cutting a promo on someone to get heat on them.The initial heat the Cena would get from turning heel would be explosive. WWE would have a small window of opportunity of John being hated, before he was considered cool. If WWE could pull this off, then when he faced Roman we would all cheer, just like we did when Sting defeated Hogan. What a way to get Roman over with the crowd right?  But what do I know?

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Dear Smarks: WWE Does Listen To Fans

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Either last week or earlier this week (my days are running together so I don’t remember), Stephanie McMahon was at a summit called ‘Game Changer’ and she made the following comment: ‘We’re successful for one reason only – we listen to our fans.’

The internet smarks ROASTED Stephanie over this comment, mocking her for claiming that WWE listens to their fans when, in their minds, that is clearly not the case. Why? Because Roman Reigns, not Braun Strowman is champion, among other things. Clearly, any company that makes Roman Reigns champion over Braun Strowman isn’t listening to their fans, or at least, their REAL fans. You know, the all-knowing, smark community who know how to run a multi-billion dollar business better than the people who work there do.

I’ve tackled this ‘Real fan’ nonsense in the past and I’m really not in the mood to do it now and the issue of Braun Strowman being champion is an article unto itself. However, let’s be clear here: WWE DOES listen to their fans and the fans they listen to are the fans that buy stuff.

WWE first, last, always, and forever, is a business. They need money to survive and being a publicly traded company, they need money to keep the shareholders happy, that means they have to know who and what makes the money to keep the shareholders happy and keep the company afloat and who is making them the most money is Roman Reigns.

Don’t give me that look. Don’t roll your eyes at me and grumble about him being over pushed and/or shoved down your throat. I can name several people in WWE not named Roman Reigns that are over pushed. The bottom line is that Reigns moves merchandise, his stuff sells and sells really well. Having been to a few WWE TV/PPV tapings, I can tell you that Reigns’ stuff can get a little tough to find and is usually the most requested item.

Now before any of you make snide comments about Reigns having more stuff to sell, I checked WWE’s shop are and compared the number of Roman Reigns shirts to the number of shirts for AJ Styles, in terms of shirts including: T-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and what’s available for both genders, Roman Reigns had thirteen shirts available while Styles had twenty. Thirteen different shirt designs to twenty and that doesn’t include hats, gloves, or the non-wearable stuff available.

Oh, Reigns’ stuff is bought by women and kids, so it shouldn’t count? Here’s my question: So what? It’s still money that SOMEONE is spending on merchandise. If WWE didn’t want women and kids to buy their stuff, they wouldn’t be marketing stuff for women and kids. Why? Because women and kids are FANS!

For those of you still grumbling, here’s some food for your thoughts: Why should WWE listen to their ‘real’ fans? No, I’m serious. Why should they listen to fans who cheer something one week, boo it the next, demand that indy darlings get pushed despite getting mediocre pops from Main Roster audiences, and pay more attention to beach balls and time clocks than the matches? Why should they listen to people who BRAG about spending a lot of money on tickets just to boo one person they don’t like?

WWE is like any company, they listen with their bottom line, and what they’re hearing from fans is that the fans like Reign because that’s the stuff that sells the best. And before you say one thing about about Reigns’ stuff being more available at TV tapings and Live Events, I’ve been to a RAW taping, a RAW PPV, and a SmackDown/205 taping and while Reigns stuff was at SmackDown, there was also a lot of Styles and Cena stuff available at RAW events and I’m not hearing any complaining about that.

Maybe the problem isn’t that WWE isn’t listening, it’s just that your views aren’t the what the majority paying fans think or want. WWE is catering to what most of their fans want, not just the small minority that can’t seem to make up their minds about what they want.

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Cheap Shots: Should Finn Balor Quit WWE?

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Why Finn Balor should “Quit” The WWE

After seeing KO burst into tears on Monday night RAW two weeks ago and “quit” there were a slew of videos about why KO “quit”. The biggest one was to revitalize his character. So in playing the devils advocate why not have the first Universal Champion quit? Here’s why!

After Balor won and “lost” the title after 2016 SummerSlam he’s had and up and down career in the main roster. The once longest reigning NXT champion was a phenomenon when he joined the NXT, but once he hit the main roster, while fan support is still there it is fleeting. He had a brief reunion with Gallows and Anderson which might’ve singled a heel turn to fans, a feud with Rollins for the IC title and has had back to back to back matches against Baron Corbin. None of which have done anything for the superstars character. A heel turn might have helped a few months ago, but the repetitive booking has kind of killed that momentum. 

With Finn away from the scene for a while it might help the WWE reevaluate the talent that is Finn Balor, it might also give Finn time to figure himself out too. With a WIN to his name against Elias, it seems like the co-founder of the Bullet Club may either turn to his alter ego The Demon, or perhaps a superstar shakeup is in order and he should be in place to get Balor back in the limelight. Right now, Raw seems packed full of main card talent that is either starting a faction of sorts I.E. Braun, Drew and Dolph or is turning on The Shield. 

Listen, while SmackDown Live is producing the better show, it is not like the talent on there is being utilized any better. Nakamura is in limbo with the U.S. title, Aj and Joe are having a great feud in terms of promos, but not in the squared circle. The only thing that brings SmackDown Live as the A show is really their tag division and the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch feud. 

So maybe a frustrated Finn goes away, and comes back as The Demon on SmackDown Live and interjects himself in the feud between AJ and Joe, maybe he causes friction between The Club and AJ and they “screw over” AJ during a title match, the possibilities are endless moving Balor to team blue, but what this boils down to is WWE needs to make this move while Balor is still a fan favourite and what I mean by that is that he will always have the crowd behind him, but even the loyalist fans can get bored. 

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