Former WWE commentator and current AEW talent "Good Ole' J.R." Jim Ross recently took to his Grilling JR podcast, where he talked about WWE and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon's decision of never turning John Cena heel. Jim Ross said the thing that’s always been funny to him is that Cena never turned heel and he has heard that Cena didn’t want to be a heel, but he doesn’t really believe that one.
Ross said, “The thing that’s always been funny to me is that Cena never turned heel.” “There’s where my brain fart starts. Why didn’t we do that? Why was that not done? I’ve heard John didn’t want to be a heel, I don’t really believe that one. I just think that Vince felt like he was such a pristine baby face but if you listen to the audience, there was a long time there where he wasn’t a pristine baby face.”
Ross then talked about the crowd telling you who they want to side with and they have been doing that with John Cena as they have been doing with Roman Reigns. Ross said Cena getting booed was a lot like Roman Reigns getting booed whenever he was just getting rolling and now there’s a reason to boo Roman Reigns because thanks to Paul Heyman he’s become a significant antihero. Jim then said he never quite understood why WWE didn’t pull the trigger on Cena being a heel.
Ross said, “It was timely.” “The audience more often than not will tell you what they want to buy, they will tell you what aisle to go down with your shopping cart and tell you what is in your cart to take home, you just listen, listen to their reactions. I was always amazed that Cena got booed so much."
“Cena getting booed was a lot like Roman Reigns getting booed whenever he was just getting rolling, and now there’s a reason to boo Roman Reigns because thanks to Paul Heyman he’s become a significant antihero. He’s a heel, and he’s a damn good one. The Cena thing, I never quite understood why we didn’t pull the trigger on that deal.”