John Cena has been on top of the WWE ladder for more than eight years now. He’s accomplished everything there is to do in the professional wrestling industry. Now is the best time to think of the future and for him to finally step down.
Hulk Hogan faced a similar situation back in the late ’80s and early ’90s. He too was on top of the world and was cheered by fans not matter what he did. That is, until he started to get booed and Hogan realized he needed a break. Hogan went on to wrestle in WCW and became a heel. This heel turn reinvigorated his career during a time where bad guys were considered cool.
Cena however, has been a babyface for nearly 10 years now, and the WWE is too scared to make him a heel. This is because of the many charities the company has partnered up with where Cena is the main spokesman. The WWE would hurt their relationship with the charities if Cena is no longer there since the kids only look up to him.
Having said that, the wrestling product has gotten stale with Cena on top all of the time. Even Randy Orton has taken a step back and guys like The Undertaker and Kane wrestled in the mid-card for many years too.
Over the years, we’ve seen older stars like Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin and even The Rock praise Cena. The main problem I have with these guys praising Cena is because he’s not the future of the business anymore. The way Rock raised Cena’s hand at the end of WrestleMania 29 should have been for someone else. Cena is not the man that should carry the company in the next decade or so.
Having said that, I think it’s now time for Cena to pass the torch. As much as I’d like to see him face Undertaker next year at WrestleMania XXX, maybe it’s a better idea for him to wrestle a young babyface star instead. I don’t know who that person will be, but now is a good time for him to start fading to the back so other guys have time in the limelight.