• John Cena was about to turn heel during Wrestlemania – and already had his heel gear made
  • Cena agreed to the change in persona, which is similar to Hulk Hogan’s turn with WCW
  • Vince McMahon changed his mind due to Cena’s image outside the ring at Make-A-Wish

We almost have seen a WWE star who was known as the good guy since the start of his career turn to a villainous character at Wrestlemania 36 yesterday – and it has the superstar’s approval.

But that all changed when the chairman changed his mind and decided to stick with what the fans knew him that made him the face of the business.

The fans were left confused after the Firefly Fun House match between John Cena and “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt resulting in Wyatt beating Cena in his own yard. The match could have been more memorable as a plan of Cena turning heel after years of being the nice guy of the WWE.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio revealed that the plan was already been approved by all parties – the company, McMahon, and Cena himself. The eerie transitions that the match has shown may have built the move from being the face to heel move, especially with the scene where Cena was dressed in black, sporting the New World Order attire and Hulk Hogan turning heel in WCW decades ago to be linked to each other.

“There was even a time, I think most people know this, that Vince had decreed that John was going to turn heel and it had all been agreed to. John had agreed to it,” said Meltzer transcribed by Sportskeeda. “John got his heel gear made and then Vince goes, Vince started thinking about it and he goes, 'It's f------ stupid, he's our no. 1 merchandise seller. He's the face of our company doing all this make-a-wish stuff.’”

“And at the point, it was like, he's never going to turn heel and he never did and I think it would have been completely stupid for him to do it”

This year’s Wrestlemania’ creatives went outside of the box to make the event a memorable one despite not having an audience due to Coronavirus scare but if there is something that the team did right, it is to keep the most active superstar granting wishes without looking at him differently.

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John Cena enters the ring at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn in New York City, Aug. 23, 2015. JP Yim/Getty Images