WWE Raw 2016 has been facing quite a difficult year with its fans seemingly losing interest in its not so fresh spectacle. The decrease in viewership is putting immense pressure on the franchise to put out better and newer content for the public.
According to sources, WWE’s creative team is looking at shaking things up quite a lot. One theory involves a heel turn from long-timer John Cena. Forbes shares that the idea has been playing in the minds of the creative team for a while now.
While WWE Raw 2016 will definitely get a boost in ratings if they did a heel turn ala Hulk Hogan in 1996 for WCW, it seems WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is not so keen on the idea.
WWE Raw 2016: Cena vs. Hogan
While a match between WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and John Cena might turn out to be quite interesting, the possibility for that to happen is slim to none.
The 63-year old wrestler is not only old, he has also resigned from WWE. In 2015, Hogan’s lawyer said that the wrestler has chosen to resign from the franchise. Though not stating any disputes with McMahon or WWE, his departure looked like it was not all smooth and friendly. Contrary to Hogan’s claims, WWE said they have terminated their contract with Hogan. Their official statement was that they are “committed to embracing and celebrating individuals from all backgrounds.”
However, some reports said that the real reason was that the Hall of Famer’s statement against black people in his leaked sex tape prompted the actions of WWE.
Despite his personal preferences and alleged racist remarks, the wrestler is undeniably worthy of the title Hall of Famer. Hogan has helped establish WWE as the go-to entertainment for wrestling. When the franchise was almost unheard of, Hogan’s appearance, style, and character caught the audience’ eyes. He then earned a following of his own dragging along WWE in his popularity.
John Cena, who is also quite an important figure in the sport, is often compared to Hogan. Some are saying that Cena might have even surpassed the Hall of Famer’s reputation. Though this conclusion is subjective in that the generation and situation vary greatly, Cena is definitely a WWE staple.
Though a match between Hogan and Cena is unlikely, WWE is still looking for ways to sustain and increase its viewership. Despite McMahon saying that there is nothing to worry about, if the franchise doesn’t do anything drastic to increase audience, it might end up filing for bankruptcy in the near future.