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John Cena's Stale Character Is Holding the WWE Back

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Sebastian MaldonadoFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2013

John Cena’s stale character is not only holding him back, but also the WWE.

Cena once again fought in the main event for the WWE title and won. Victories and losses aren’t the issue when it comes to keeping a character appealing.

Cena’s character has gotten so terrible that even he seems bored by it.

A perfect example is his last promo before WrestleMania 29. Cena tried to sell his points, but the D.C. crowd wasn’t having it. They chanted, “Boring” at a wrestler who is supposed to be the face of the WWE. The same thing happened on the Raw after WrestleMania during Cena's opening promo.

None of this is new. It's funny how Cena always gets a split reaction come WrestleMania season.

It’s actually watered down, as some adults cheer for Cena. Before, Cena’s “Cenation” was filled with women and kids. Fans will cheer and boo whomever they please, but frankly they aren’t the issue.

There’s nothing the WWE can do to change everyone’s minds. What they can do is make Cena more credible.

We started to see a shift in Cena’s approach during his time with The Rock. Cena showed his serious side and addressed real issues that should bother him. But it was only in his interaction with The Rock that we witnessed Cena’s serious demeanor. Otherwise, he’s still the smiling superhero.

Is there a heel turn coming? Would that transformation be necessary for the fans to boo him and bring a new chapter in Cena’s career?

Considering the revenue and work outside the ring, the WWE shouldn’t think twice. They shouldn’t turn Cena heel. However, they can learn from others.

Rock may show up sporadically, but he gets the cheers from the fans who respect and admire him. He keeps that respect by being clever and crediting the hometown faithful. But it’s his delivery that makes it seem real.

The same goes for CM Punk before his heel turn. Even though Cena overshadowed Punk throughout 2012, he made his points appear realistic. Why can’t Cena do the same?

Ironically, Cena did that with both men during his feuds with them. They were powerful and confirmed that Cena can hang with some of the best talkers, when needed. Well, we need more of that serious side. We need a John Cena who can get serious without hamming it up to the crowd.

There’s nothing wrong with having fun in the ring. But when your character is getting stale, then it’s time for a change. That may not mean a heel John Cena, but it begs for a better stage in John Cena’s career.

Time to stop being boring.

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