So John Cena was booed out of the Staples Center in Los Angeles after his loss to Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
What’s wrong with you people?
For a long time it was cool to boo Cena because he was an over-pushed wrestler with limited wrestling skills. But that’s all changed. It’s time to cheer Cena and give him the respect he deserves.
5. Cena Doesn’t Suck
Unfortunately when Cena debuted he wasn’t exactly bumping like Shawn Michaels. He wrestled more like Randy Mulkey than Randy Macho Man Savage. Still, Cena has gotten a lot better. His timing has improved. His right hands like a bit more believable. And his leg drop off the top rope is as good as Hulk Hogan’s was from the mat. Cena isn’t exactly a top notch seller, but he can take a hell of a real beating, as evidenced by his two fights against Lesnar. Cena is a good, not great professional wrestler. Despite what the fans chant, he does not suck.
4. He’s A Role Model
Cena has overcome bullying from The Rock, Lesnar, Randy Orton and the fans, but for what? Here’s a guy who loves professional wrestling. He works hard. He’s in excellent physical shape. His hulking body is entirely drug free; he’s never violated the WWE’s Wellness Policy. He usually handles people’s insults with humor. Through all of the verbal abuse, Cena is still here, frequently wearing a T-Shirt that says “Never Give Up.” Cena believes in himself. That’s something every man, woman and child should take as inspiration.
3. Most Popular Make-A-Wish celebrity
More than Michael Jordan. More than Kobe Bryant. More than Anyone. Cena has granted more than 450 wishes to Make-A-Wish Foundation children. Children love him. What’s most impressive about is not that he is requested so much, but that he grants so many wishes. Here’s a guy who for the better part of the last 12 years has wrestled 200 nights, filmed movies and television shows, but still found a way to make it happen. Cena is a good person who is trying to carry the banner of professional wrestling on his back. We should all be cheering him and appreciating him while he’s here.
2. He Has Outlasted Them All
Where’s CM Punk? Daniel Bryan? What About The Rock? Stone Cold Steve Austin? They all had great runs at the top, but they all came and went for different reasons. Cena has stayed. Through it all Cena has stayed. He’s never complained about his character or his push. He’s never complained about working with someone or having to lose to someone. He just goes out there and does what he is told. How many WWE champions would have let a part-time wrestler like Lesnar beat him in such convincing fashion? Not many. Punk didn’t even want to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania, a spot most wrestlers would kill for. Cena is longevity. Long after Lesnar burns out again, Cena will still be wearing the WWE title.
1. He’s The Best Overall Performer
Cena, when he’s not trying to be funny, is tremendous on the microphone. He can sell a match on the microphone as well as Paul Heyman. Cena’s body looks tremendous. He keeps his look fresh by constantly changing his T-Shirts, wrist bands, and hats. His music is original. He sings it. His in-ring work may be more Lou Albano than Lou Thesz, but it’s no longer fair to say he can’t wrestle. He’s gotten a lot better and his matches are usually tremendous. He possesses great ring psychology. Cena is just pure energy in the ring. It literally does not matter who he wrestles. The fans come to see Cena. To cheer him. To boo him. He’s the draw. It’s time we get behind Cena, appreciate and respect his contributions and rally for him to win.
If you love professional wrestling, you have to love John Cena.