John Cena: Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect
John Felix Anthony Cena was born on April 23rd, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts. His name has become one of the most recognizable in the entire world, not just Professional Wrestling. He has become an icon, and a hero to children. John has granted the most wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, by a wide margin. He is a humble man who has never forgotten what the fans have given him because of his work in the ring. The fans made him an International Superstar, and he knows it.
Some have grown tired of the Purveyor of Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect being at the top of the WWE Mountain, but I think he’s earned it. Sure, I’d love to see him do something new, creatively, but it’s not as if he doesn’t put the work in physically. When he is pushed by a top notch competitor standing across from him, there is no one better than John Cena. In the boxing world, they’d call someone like that a “Big Match” fighter, meaning he’ll always show up when the decision means something. That’s not to say John doesn’t show up for the countless Raw, SmackDown, and other house shows he’s had to work.
There is nobody in the WWE locker room that works harder than John Cena, which is why he’s been the biggest star of all for ten years now. My point is that when they put somebody on his level across from him, John Cena turns the dial up to eleven. Look at two of the matches I’ve covered on here: Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena on Monday Night Raw and John Cena vs. CM Punk at Money in the Bank 2011. Those are two matches that any wrestler would be proud to call their crowning moments in the ring, but they’re just two of many for John.
It’s crazy to think that he first started to get over as the Doctor of Thuganomics, a hip-hop inspired character who brought Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch to mind way too often. That’s based purely on Cena’s resemblance to Mark Wahlberg. Other than that, it was an okay gimmick that John Cena worked for every moment it was worth. For any other guy, that gimmick would’ve been enough to get buried, but John used it to his advantage. It only helped.
He was signed and started training for the WWE’s former developmental program OVW, which is now NXT, in 2001. By 2004, he was already climbing up the ladder to superstardom. He won the United States Championship at WrestleMania 20 from The Big Show, and then at WrestleMania 21, he beat JBL to win his first WWE Championship. It seems nothing has ever been able to get in John Cena’s way.
In his time with the WWE, he’s won two Royal Rumble matches, three United States Championships, seven Slammy Awards, four Tag Team Titles, and twelve WWE Championships. His name will forever sit among the category of WWE Legends.