It’s fair to say that John Cena is arguably the most polarising star that has ever stepped foot in WWE, and it looks as if Roman Reigns is following in his footsteps.
There are the die-hard fans that will support Cena no matter what, but there are still those that can’t wait to see the back of him for when he officially calls it a day.
In fact, there’s probably a third group too – those that just want to take part in the regular ‘Let’s Go Cena, Cena Sucks’ chants.
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Regardless of your thoughts on him, there’s no denying the huge impact he’s had on the company and how integral he’s been to the success of the product, but the hate he gets now is probably nowhere near the levels he used to achieve.
That’s something Mick Foley explained on Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast, and discussed how the criticism Cena gets is quite unfair and went on to tell a story of his early Twitter days that fans hit out at Foley simply for praising Cena.
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According to WrestlingInc, he said: “To me, he’s one of the best promo guys out there. A lot of people don’t want to admit that.
“[I got] a real feel of how the Cena resentment was, like real resentment. Because, I was in Florida, I was working for TNA, I was watching Monday Night RAW, and he just nailed a promo.
“And so I had maybe 10,000 followers at that time on Twitter, and I said, 'Great promo by John Cena. I think more people need to recognise his legacy'... I received like 600 messages within minutes.
“Like, one or two minutes. [My daughter] goes, 'That's impossible.' I saw that there were a lot of negative ones. I said, 'Try to find a bad John Cena pay-per-view.' And then they all responded with the same pay-per-view. And I said, well that's the exception that proves the rule.
“And then it was [from fans], 'Well, he just had good opponents to carry him.' I said, 'So he's had good opponents every month for eight years?’”
That response alone shows the power of Cena, even though it was a negative one – how many other WWE stars can achieve something like that?
Perhaps the hate is unwarranted; he’s stuck around during the tough times and is still here despite the Hollywood opportunities popping up.
Plus, so many legends and current stars praise him, so maybe it’s time we lay off the man a little?
What do you make of the hate John Cena has received throughout his career? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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