John Cena recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of SI.com about various topics. During the interview, he was asked about people asking him if he would ever turn heel again and if visiting Make-A-Wish kids justifies the reasoning behind him remaining with his babyface character. “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.” He said that he looks 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. He added that he looks at WWE as a vehicle to provide an escape and happiness, which is why he is here every year and believes in what they do.
Cena did push the idea of turning heel a few years ago and, at one point, had an outfit made. Vince McMahon signed off on the idea but then changed his mind at the last minute because the company signed an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart for John Cena merchandise. At the time, McMahon’s plan was for Sheamus to replace Cena as the top babyface.
When asked about if he was happy with his program with The Miz and Maryse leading up to their match at WrestleMania 33. He said that he can’t believe he has hair left as at some times, it was trying to have someone throw your real life out there. He said that he is used it but Nikki Bella isn’t and it was her first time experience that. He noted that he had to be on the receiving end of some upset nights, but he cannot stress it enough how it shows Bella’s character and resolve. “I tell everyone who will listen, Nicole is the strongest, most inspiring person I’ve ever met. That’s why I love her. I’ve headlined with The Rock, and I’ve been a part of a lot of WrestleMania moments, but this moment with Nicole is the one most important of all because I get to stand alongside her in a WrestleMania ring.” He noted that it’s all because of her story and that she drives him. He said that they learn from each other every day and on top of that, he is head over heels for her. He added that Bella loves pro wrestling just as much as he does so it’s special.
You can read the entire interview here.