Almost everyone over the age of 13 loathes John Cena for retaining his position atop the WWE, and for never attempting to reinvent himself. Their hatred is often due to their favorite superstars such as Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and even Wade Barrett being held down in favor of saving the Super Cena's status.
However, outside the squared circle, John Cena is viewed as a great role model and is greatly revered for being the first celebrity to grant 300 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, his dark side always gets under-reported, and he escapes the blame for many things that Shawn Michaels or Triple H would have been buried alive for. The following article, looks to shed light on incidents that prove that he is not the saint that the majority of the WWE Universe makes out him to be.
To be clear, none of these stories are being told as fact. Most of the incidents have been revealed by former WWE employees, or major news outlets such as The Sun and TMZ. Although the authenticity of the following stories have been confirmed by many insiders, we insist on taking all the following stories with a pinch of salt. However, many believe that a lot of stories will be revealed when he calls it quits, similar to the way that people piled on Hulk Hogan after he retired.
Again, this takes nothing away from Cena, as the man has done great things in his life. We are just here to shed light on things that the WWE would have like to stay buried. Here are 12 not-so-holy stories about the WWE's biggest star of the last ten years, which WWE would wish that their loyal fans were never aware of. As always please feel free to comment in the section below, and let us know your opinion.
12 Killing WWE And Wrestling
A bit harsh? Maybe, but John Cena has been attributed to the demise of WWE and rightfully so. He has often admitted that the decision to remain a PG-rated show has largely been due to him, and the WWE Universe may never forgive him for that. Backstage segments hardly make sense anymore, and wrestlers — or sports entertainers — are hardly allowed to pull off real wrestling moves.
WWE has greatly lost its credibility, and the WWE fanbase forms arguably the most disgruntled set of fans online. In addition, he has killed the sustainability of the product by burying every up-and-coming talent, including and especially Bray Wyatt. While Steve Austin and Dwayne Johnson helped the WWE become a global brand, John Cena has made the WWE a globally ridiculed brand. If he had really loved the business, he would have never allowed it to become sports entertainment.
11 Unreasonably Hating On Rookies
It has been murmured in the wrestling circuit that Alex Riley's momentum came to a halt only because John Cena personally loathed him. Even Tyler Reks and Evan Bourne have divulged their respective burial on many occasions. The Champ would go through Riley's bags — against the wrestler's code — to look for supplements or anything that could get him fired. Almost everyone sympathized with him backstage, but never mustered the courage to confront the bully because of the fear of losing their jobs.
The burial seemingly became official when he demeaned him publicly after a house show, in which Riley's performance did not reflect Cena's expectations; he stated he was washing his hands of helping him. Holding a grudge against a rookie is wrong on so many levels.
10 An Awful Colleague
Michael Tarver looked to be the real deal when he debuted alongside his Nexus pals on the main roster. However, his push came to a premature end after a nasty incident with Cena. An injury he sustained in the independent scene meant that he could not receive stiff chair shots in his neck region, however, Cena proceeded to deliver the same shot to the point that he decided to no-sell the chair shots.
An enraged John Cena hurled the chair at 2010 Shocker of the Year Slammy winner. As a result, his arm was broken and the Champ even asked mockingly if his hands were fine behind the curtains. Injuries are a part and given of professional wrestling, but going unscripted while working with a vulnerable colleague is a very damming story.
9 The Real Authority Figure
Wrestlers perceive other wrestlers, especially rookies, using their moves as a sign of disrespect. Tyler Reks, standing at six and a half feet tall, possessed every trait to fill the shoes of someone like Batista, but his finisher, Burning Hammer, somehow triggered his depushing to NXT. While at a house show, he and Primo botched the Burning Hammer so that it almost looked like the Attitude Adjustment. Accordingly, John Cena ordered him to find a new finisher with a smirk.
Thinking the champ was kidding, he proceeded to use the same move to defeat Santino Marella at Bragging Rights (2010) only days later. A furious John Cena belittled him by telling him to "find another finisher or you're fired" after the PPV in front of the whole roster, and he even called him names despite multiple apologies. Being protective of one's finisher is one thing, but humiliating a colleague in front of peers for a miscommunication is another.
8 Encouraging Nepotism
Though Maria Kanellis never had the wrestling moves in her arsenal to be treated seriously as a wrestler, the WWE Universe were head over heels in love with her for many reasons. Maria's beef with the Bella Twins needs no introduction, as she disparages them on Twitter as frequently as Hulk Hogan sends tweets comprising only his initials. She has often reiterated that John Cena being at the top of the wrestlers' hierarchy has given the Bella Twins considerable power in the women's division.
Kanellis alleges that the twins even blocked her return to WWE once, and adds that they have done so with many other former divas to save their position atop the women's division. Although her allegation sounds a tad far-fetched, the fact that Nikki Bella managed to hold the gold for nearly a year while a hugely talented Natalya gets overlooked, stresses upon Cena's influence on the Bella Twins' undeserved status.
7 An Unfaithful Husband
John Cena adorably referenced his then-wife Elizabeth Huberdeau live on Raw in 2012, and even expressed how much she loved her. However, the couple filed for divorced only two months after his heartfelt promo. Legend has it that she decided to split up in light of his extramarital affair with adult film star named Kendra Lust. Not long after the rumor broke out, she started uploading her raunchy pictures with the WWE World Championship strap to her Twitter account.
Capitalizing on the attention she was receiving, Brazzers (an adult entertainment company) even directed a movie featuring her alongside a male artist who resembles the face of WWE. She has dismissed the allegations time and again, but the Internet Wrestling Community is not interested in listening to her stories.
6 A Bad Example
Veterans of any industry should always set good examples for the youngsters to follow. However, Cena has twice violated WWE's rules, while wrestlers down the card often face solemn consequences for the same. WWE banned blading in the wake of the historic match between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho at Great American Bash 2008, but the 15-time World Championship holder bladed himself to intensify his skirmish with Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules 2012. Cena also proceeded to cut a cryptic promo after the bell, which reportedly angered the chairman.
In another incident three years ago, he and CM Punk combined to pull off the banned piledriver on Raw, thereby infuriating the top shelf again. For both intentional accidents, he paid his fines and escaped suspensions due to his main-eventer status. From all angles, those look incidents the up-and-coming talents should keep their eyes away from.
5 Ruining Marriages
According to the grapevine, Cena cherished sleeping with married women, as he believed such a horrible practice helped him underline his main-eventer status. Kenny Dykstra revealed that Victoria — a married woman — was his 'road girlfriend' until her draft to SmackDown in 2007.
Victoria, however, denied part of his allegations, stating that she had only dated him when he was the Doctor of Thuganomics. Kenny's claims still hold true as Victoria had tied the knot with Lee Veron in 1999. Many other wrestlers have since confirmed the authenticity of Kenny's accusations.
As revealed in our article on weirdest relationships in wrestling history, casual relationships are the cornerstone of the industry, but going at it with married and engaged women is cringe worthy and even more so since he preaches loyalty.
4 Burying The Next Big Things
Inadvertently or not, John Cena buried the Nexus single-handedly. With the Nexus gaining huge momentum in the wake of their terrific debut, many within the company — including Edge and Chris Jericho — suggested that the 'rookies' defeat Team Cena at SummerSlam 2010. However, the Cenation leader vetoed everyone's proposal and went on to guide Team Cena to glory with the typical Super Cena comeback.
WWE lost its credibility to an extent, and the number of Cena's detractors multiplied after that poor booking decision. Though he admitted his wrongdoing in light of the backlash, turning a deaf ear to the suggestions of the veterans highlights his immoral use of authority.
3 Badmouthing A Legend
The best attribute of any employee, is never badmouthing their employer or colleague, but Cena breached the hard and fast rule while being interviewed by British tabloid The Sun long before his and The Rock's WrestleMania XXVIII feud came into existence — in 2009. "It just cheapens that phrase, 'Oh, I love this business.' So then next time I come up and say I love this business, well, the guy before me who said that left. That doesn't look good for me or our business," said the champ while quizzed about the potential return of The Rock.
Though the controversial interview mustered mainstream media attention for the product, defaming the return of arguably the biggest star of the modern era is not what someone who preaches respect should indulge in.
2 Hypocrisy At Its Best
Until Chris Benoit's death and Linda McMahon's unsuccessful senate run, WWE never restrained its employees from using obscene language. The Cenation leader, operating as the Doctor of Thuganomics, never pulled punches during his promos, accordingly. He also recorded a rap named Bad Bad Man in which the opening line was: "Don't f*** with John Cena, I'm a bad, bad man." In addition, his wrestling moves had rather vulgar names with the Attitude Adjustment and STF called FU and STFU respectively during the Ruthless Aggression Era. As he basks in pride for being a hero to children and claiming his current on-screen character is the mirror reflection of himself, he should have never resorted to using foul language during the beginning of his career.
1 Playing Gooseberry
Every top dog in the McMahon's empire seemingly relishes fornicating with female talents who are already taken; Shawn Michaels' short-lived relationship with Sunny is well documented. Although John Cena has never been embroiled in such horrible flings, he has had his share of similar real life storylines. He seemingly copulated with Mickie James while she and Kenny Dykstra were still a couple, and then engineered the release of her boyfriend when he became aware of her infidelity.
When she pestered him to enter a serious relationship with her however, he proceeded to exercise his backstage power to put her in the Piggy James storyline. She was not released long after, and still has not found her way back into WWE, despite being a better wrestler than half the women's roster. You do the math.