John Cena has been at the top of the WWE for over a decade now has had a meteoric rise since his days as the “Doctor of Thuganomics” where he took the WWE Universe by storm as a white-boy rapper. As a 15-time world champion, Cena is definitely one of the greatest of all time, at least on paper.
WWE has tried to portray him as a white meat babyface since his transition from the rapper gimmick and even though a vocal section of the audience has turned against Cena in recent years given his superhuman booking, WWE won’t turn their golden goose heel – even though a Cena heel turn is sure to set the pro wrestling world alight like Hogan’s did in the mid-90’s.
As a five-time Wrestlemania main-eventer, a surefire future Hall of Famer and the face of the company, there are certain things in Cena’s past that WWE actively tried to hide about Cena’s past from fans. A character such as Cena, who has been a babyface for years and is an icon for kids, WWE want certain facts about Cena’s past as far away from WWE programming as possible.
5: The Prototype
John Cena, ‘The face that runs the place’, would inarguably have been nowhere near the star he is today if WWE had gone through with his original gimmick. The original gimmick Cena was saddled with was a Terminator-esque half-human half-robot called The Prototype (yes, seriously).
A lot of WWE Superstars have overcome terrible early gimmicks like The Rock, Triple H and Kane overcame terrible early gimmicks to become household names, a half-human half-robot definitely sounds like a death knell to any career. Thankfully for Cena, his character got switched up to that of a rapper soon after his SmackDown debut and the rest, as they say, is history.