Let's start with some facts.
First, according to wwe.com, John Cena is a 15-time world champion, be it with the WWE title or the World Heavyweight title.
Second, according to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Cena has granted over 450 wishes to children. That is more than any other individual person in the organization's history.
Third, if you search "John Cena scandal" on Google, you will find plenty of articles discussing his love storyline with AJ Lee back in 2012. That's pretty much it.
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With many sports organizations around the world encountering perception problems, John Cena, the face of WWE for almost a decade, serves as a bright and shining example of how professional athletes should behave inside and outside competition.
We have seen countless athletes lash out against detractors and hecklers at sporting events. One only needs to look at tape of Marcus Hall, the Ohio State player who flipped off the University of Michigan football fans, Ron Artest at the "Malice at the palace", or many other events.
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Cena has become a polarizing figure when it comes to professional wrestling audiences. Half of the crowd, mostly younger fans, cheer for his "Never give up" attitude and his mantra of fighting for all that is good, wonderful, and now American in this world.
The other half, mostly made up of the so-called "Internet wrestling community," deplore his lack of character development in the past few years and the repetitiveness and predictability of his promos and in-ring action.
If you look at interviews he has done regarding his polarizing status, both in and out of character, he doesn't resent the fans who boo him and fill arenas with "Cena sucks" chants. He continues to perform at an extremely high level in the business. He still sells the most merchandise of any active wrestler on the roster. He is still the "measuring stick."
Sometimes, sports organizations have bad apples that appear in the public eye for not-so-great reasons. WWE is not immune to this by any means, but having a "golden boy" such as John Cena in the public eye eases much of the backlash.
During the Chris Benoit murder homicide investigation in 2007, John Cena and Chris Jericho both appeared on talk shows to discuss the issues and concerns the public had about the wrestling business. Talk about being a company man.
John Cena will be a WWE Hall of Famer one day, no question. If there are no plans for Cena to win two more world titles and eclipse Ric Flair's recognized world title record, there should be. No other WWE employee has done more to carry the image of the brand with dignity and professionalism like John Cena.
What do you think WWE fans? Are people too hard on Cena, or has he had his time in the limelight? Let us know in the comments in the section below...
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