The calls for John Cena to turn heel have lessened quite a bit since his United States title runs in 2015 changed a lot of people’s minds about his in-ring abilities and added more than a hint of ironic respect to the “Cena Sucks” half of the dueling chants he famously receives.
While they may have died down a bit, however, they’re still out there. Cena knows this, so he’s still got his stock, yet sincere, answer ready for when it comes up. As it did in his recent Q & A with SI.com’s Extra Mustard:
I don’t think everyone wants me to turn. There is a group of people that don’t like what they see, but the most important message I send is you can’t please everybody, never be ashamed to be who you are, and know that what you do affects people. I look at it as a way to provide hope for families that don’t go through what we consider a normal day by providing a smile and happiness. I look at WWE as a vehicle to provide an escape and happiness. That’s why I’m here every year, I believe in what we do.
With a reduced schedule, and most folks’ energy devoted to desperately wanting Roman Reigns to go rudo these days, Cena’s probably good to keep on as is.