AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!!!! Do Do Do Doooo! Do Do Do Doooo!
Now that you have Cena’s theme song stuck in your head, we can continue on with our “Cena sucks,” and “Let’s Go Cena,” article. Regardless if you hate him, you have to admit that the guy has become a great role model for children and has brought awareness to many situations around the world. Regardless of whether you love him, he’s still only human and can make mistakes just like the rest of us. We can sit here all day and discuss why Cena may be good or not good for professional wrestling, however, his legacy will always be remembered for both inside the ring and outside.
The WWE loves protecting their brand's image, like all companies. Scandals, gossip, and legal disputes have hit the WWE like a German Suplex, but the company keeps on getting up. One of the reasons why they can keep getting up is because they have an excellent man of character who has given his heart and soul to the WWE Universe, John Cena. Even with his squeaky clean character on television, Cena has also shown his more human side and the WWE rather you never see it. Now, let us go beat up John Cena.
15 Approved - Cena's First Championship
John Cena had already won the United States Championship, but one of the main belts (WWE Championship) still eluded him. At WrestleMania 21, Cena was set to face JBL for the biggest title on SmackDown. After 11 minutes, Cena would win the match and it would be the first of his 15 titles. The first is always the most special and this photo will go down in history as very important.
14 Disapproved - Cena Proposes
No man is perfect and we’re not saying every marriage is either. What we are saying is the WWE would like you to think Cena is Captain America, Honest Abe Lincoln, and Jesus all rolled up into one juicy burrito. Cena married Elizabeth Huberdeau in July of 2009 and the marriage lasted until May of 2012. However, the white knight or hero of the show isn’t as perfect as the WWE would like you to believe.
13 Approved - Passing The Torch
It’s a screenshot and not an actual photo, however, there can be a whole list of reasons why the WWE wants you to see this. After Cena made his official WWE debut on SmackDown against Kurt Angle, the first wrestler he met in kayfabe storytelling was The Deadman himself, The Undertaker. At the time, The Undertaker was the top dog and champion on SmackDown.
12 Disapproved - Breaking Kayfabe
Kayfabe: the portrayal of staged events within the industry as "real" or "true," specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or pre-determined nature of any kind.
Decades ago, wrestlers would be fired if they ever broke kayfabe rules. Even though disciplinary action has loosened since the good old days, wrestlers and other employees can get in some hot water if they decided to break kayfabe. To be fair, in this picture both The Wyatt Family and Cena probably had no idea this photo was being taken.
11 Approved - Workout Machine
It’s not about one single picture but the ideology behind the picture. Cena is an absolute monster when it comes to lifting weights. His bodybuilding background and natural talent have blessed him with extraordinary strength and will power. The WWE has a long history of love for weight lifters.
10 Disapproved - Cena's Epic Botch
At the 2005 Royal Rumble, it came down to Cena and Batista. At one point in the contest, Cena was on top of Batista’s shoulders and performed a headscissors takedown, launching both wrestlers over the top rope. Chaos began to ensue about whose feet touched the floor first. Many fans thought the event would end like the 1994 Royal Rumble finish when Lex Luger and Bret Hart both won it.
9 Approved - Global Ambassador
John Cena has been off television a lot in 2016 and for the last quarter of 2015. Besides having movie roles, hosting television shows, and appearing at charity events, Cena has also been learning Mandarin Chinese. It’s no secret the WWE wants to tap into the Chinese entertainment and consumerism. The wrestling industry is pretty much nonexistent there and if the WWE can get in that door, they will have access to a lot of money and eyes.
8 Disapproved - Grinding
The pressure Cena has to not destroy the company’s image as well as his own is astronomical. Jon Jones in the UFC, Alex Rodriguez in the MLB, and Tom Brady in the NFL have all been part of scandals that have rocked their respective sports and companies. Cena is supposed to be the man of the people, by the people, and for the people. He has to be the classiest gentleman in the room on a constant basis.
7 Approved - Patriotism
Just like the NFL, the WWE does a lot to make sure the military community gets the respect and honor they deserve, regardless of if you agree with the foreign policies of the United States. In 2003, the WWE started their annual event, Tribute to the Troops, which is to honor the United States Armed Forces members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
6 Disapproved - What's That On Your Face?
Cena knows how to get a crowd going. You can hate his in-ring work all you want, but Cena is one of the more talented speakers the wrestling industry has ever seen. He can flip the emotions of a crowd in a heartbeat and the WWE relies on him to push their narratives. The company depends on his ability to sell a story to get those juicy high ratings everyone wants to see.
5 Approved - Make A Wish Champion
The Make-A-Wish foundation would like to grant a wish to every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. The charity is made up of thousands of volunteers and donors. The WWE has been more hands on with the organization than any other company we can think of and that’s a great thing. In 2015, Cena reached a milestone by becoming the first celebrity to make 500 wishes come true.
4 Disapproved - Howard Stern Interview
When you go on The Howard Stern Show, prepare to be asked tough questions about your sexual activity. In 2006, Cena’s demographic of fans were a lot older in comparison to what you see today. He was the guy who would rap, wear cool sports jerseys, and seemed like the broski you want to party with. At the time, it seemed harmless when he went on Stern’s show and was candid about life.
3 Approved - Cena & Breast Cancer
As we noted in the intro, the WWE wants great publicity. After many hardships and scandals plaguing the company since its birth, to have the backing of a breast cancer organization is a fresh breath of air. In 2014, Susan G. Komen, the largest non-profit organization for breast cancer research, asked Cena to be their official Grand Marshal to mark their 25 anniversary.
2 Disapproved - Bodybuilder Cena
The WWE has always had a special connection between the bodybuilding communities and their product. Superstar Billy Graham, The Ultimate Warrior, and Sting started off as bodybuilders before transitioning into wrestling icons. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a God when it comes to bodybuilding and he’s a WWE Hall of Famer without wrestling one real match in the ring. So, why doesn’t the WWE want you to see this photo of Cena?
1 Approved - Kid Cena
The WWE loves to the let the audience know that a certain wrestler grew up watching the show, just like the young fans who are watching now. It’s a move to create an emotional connection to that wrestler as if they shared the same upbringing. We don’t believe there is anything wrong with that and it’s a great strategic move to get a child to think that they can be in the ring one day. When it comes to Cena, he’s the poster boy of the company.
Children look up to him to figure out what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s not at all surprising that they would use this photo of a young Cena holding up a custom made wrestling belt. With the saturation of photos in the world, these days we'll be seeing more photos like this pop up in the next ten to twenty years.
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