As one of the most internationally popular WWE veterans whose name doesn't rhyme with "Pwayne 'Uh Block' Donshon," John Cena has built up quite a solid TV and film career outside of the squared circle. Currently serving as a co-host for TBS' Wipeout reboot with Nailed It's Nicole Byer, as well as filming James Gunn's Peacemaker TV series, Cena is a busy dude, but he's getting back into the wrestling mindset for a new WWE streaming series heading to Peacock.
While fans probably won't see John Cena stripping down to his trunks for this new project, titled WWE Evil, the superstar is indeed the creative force behind it all, so we'll likely get to see some archival footage of him in action at the very least. There isn't a ton of information about WWE Evil to build off of here, but the few details that exist make it sound like this show could be a blast for both old school wrestling fans and viewers who are just getting into the sports-entertainment drama. (Not that Peacock doesn't already have enough primer series and documentaries for all involved, but more is never a bad thing.)
WWE Evil will serve as a "psychological expose" that delves into the minds of some of the most memorable and diabolical antagonists from the annals of WWE history. As well, the series will chronicle how the notorious heels impacted pop culture and mainstream culture even outside the WWE bubble. Considering how many unique headliners the company and its offshoots have boasted in the past 40 years or so, Evil could last for many seasons without tackling any of the same content.
Two of the biggest pro wrestling villains of all time, Ric Flair and Vince McMahon, are still in the game, though I'm not so sure Flair counts as diabolical so much as "the most stylin' and profilin' antagonist," while McMahon is practically the textbook definition of it. So he should definitely get his own episode. As should Iron Sheik, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Seth Rollins, Ted DiBiase, Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, CM Punk, Hulk Hogan, Randy Orton, "Classy" Freddie Blassie, and many more. And you can't get "psychological" in the pro wrestling world without talking about Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, so here's hoping he and other devious managers and non-wrestlers get some attention as well.
Beyond being dubbed the creator of WWE Evil, John Cena will also serve as an executive producer and as the episodes' narrator. It's not clear just yet if the show will be solely relegated to archival footage, or if there will be current-day interviews taking place, or what the deal will be. But I'm certainly hoping the WWE and Peacock powers that be can get Cena to do any and all interviews.
Considering this likely won't be a very demanding of John Cena's time, fans might be watching WWE Evil before Cena's tag-team efforts with James Gunn - the theatrical film The Suicide Squad and the HBO Max series Peacemaker - debut on the big and small screens, respectively. Keep our 2021 Summer TV schedule handy, stay up-to-date with all the upcoming WWE events, and look out for more info about when Cena's new show will hit Peacock.
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