John Cena has been at the top of the professional wrestling world for more than 10 years. He’s a 15-time world champion, main-evented 5 WrestleMania, won 2 Royal Rumble’s and he’s a role model outside the ring. Cena has done more Make A Wish visits than anyone else in history and is transitioning into television and movies. Cena is irreplaceable in more ways than WWE can even think of. When casual fans think of the WWE, they think John Cena.
When Cena finally retires, WWE have to be very careful with who gets the honour. This person has to be talented enough and have enough of a connection with the crowd to be bestowed with the spot of being Cena’s ‘heir’. WWE have to be careful that this person will be able to carry the immense pressure on their shoulders.
A number of names come to mind from WWE’s current roster so let’s take a look at the possibilities.
7: CM Punk
This one has the least chance of happening but wouldn’t it be the perfect choice for every smark out there? CM Punk has repeatedly said that he never intends to return to WWE and made his UFC debut against Mickey Gall earlier this month. Punk tapped out in under 30 seconds and even though it looks like Punk will enter the Octagon again, it’s clear that the 37 year-old doesn’t have much of a future in MMA.
Even though Punk has said he’ll never return and he has been very outspoken about WWE which went as far as him being involved in a lawsuit filed by WWE doctor Chris Amman, there’s no doubt that Punk and WWE could do phenomenal business if he returned and we know that Vince is capable of putting personal issues aside for business.
We all remember Punk and Cena’s history together. Punk’s famous pipebomb promo had some really scathing things about John Cena and their match at Money In The Bank 2011 with CM Punk threatening to leave WWE with the belt if he won (kayfabe). Punk retiring Cena could be an option that WWE could explore – this all depends on if CM Punk re-signs with WWE.