WWE is toying with the possibility of turning a top WWE superstar to turn heel and lead The Nexus, the group of seven WWE rookies who participated in WWE NXT: Season 1. The superstars who are under consideration of this new story angle are Triple H and, believe it or not, John Cena!
Triple H wanted to turn heel and as he was already out for some time now, a heel turn without investing much time in developing a storyline was quite possible. Secondly, The Nexus does not like Sheamus and so is Triple H. So he was a perfect candidate. But Hunter underwent a surgery last week to heal his tendon tear. He will be out action for next 2-4 months which apparently keeps him out of the “Summerslam” picture.
On the contrary, WWE has been very particular to maintain the “Mr. Clean” image of John Cena. Fans, at times, had been visibly tired and frustrated to see John Cena as a babyface but WWE creative team always stuck to their plans. He is highly popular among young kids and WWE earns the highest revenue from selling his merchandise. In fact, the company has been so concerned to maintain his clean image that recently they changed the name of his trademark finishing move from “F U” to “Attitude Adjustment”. “F U” clearly points to a slang and the change proves how desperate WWE is to keep John in the good books of the WWE fans.
Storyline-wise, Cena’s union with The Nexus will make zero sense. Guys who cost him the WWE Championship thrice, how can you just turn around and join them? Such a WCW-style, no-logic angle was acceptable and quite frequent in the “Monday Night Wars” days, but not anymore.
Even if Cena turns the “bad boy”, who will fill up his place? Randy Orton is a ‘tried and tested’ failure to be the “Main Man”. Edge’s return as a face earlier this year proved he is just not quite acceptable as a face. Storyline-wise, Chris Jericho or CM Punk can’t turn a face during this time. John Morrison, R-Truth, Ted DiBiase, Sheamus, Mark Henry – nobody is a big enough superstar to fit in the shoe’s of John Cena. Having great villains is important to make the angels work, but only if you have better heroes.