History YMMV / JohnCena

9th May '17 5:01:55 PM SenorCornholio
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** AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! [[note]]A radio show did a prank call using John Cena's theme as a way to troll a wrestling fan's wife. During the call, a BaitAndSwitch was pulled where it seemed like a lady was calling about the Marines, but just as she said a former decorated Marine needs her support, they use the line.[[/note]]

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** There's a very special little meme I'd like to bring attention to...AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! [[note]]A radio show did a prank call using John Cena's theme as a way to troll a wrestling fan's wife. During the call, a BaitAndSwitch was pulled where it seemed like a lady was calling about the Marines, but just as she said a former decorated Marine needs her support, they use the line.[[/note]]
10th Apr '17 6:12:33 PM CelPrevXXVI
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** The fact that he did the introductory speech for Wrestling/KurtAngle during his 2017 Hall of Fame induction counts as this, since both men have had derogatory {{Crowd Song}}s to the tune of their entrance themes (the "You Suck" chants on Angle, to the infamous "John Cena Sucks!" Chants). May also double as HeartwarmingInHindsight since Cena's debut match was with Angle.
29th Mar '17 9:14:29 AM BlackTemplar
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*** Lampshaded ruthlessly by CM Punk on commentary, pointing out that he was on the show more since being fired than he was when he was employed.
22nd Mar '17 4:21:32 AM Ramidel
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* CreatorsPet: Cena's character largely attracts the hate that it does because of his overbooking, with him getting belts and matches that he hasn't earned and never taking a "clean" loss, as well as his highly generic and formulaic matches. Almost nobody has a problem with the performer, who's widely respected as a wrestler and a man, but his character is seen as irrevocably tainted.



* XPacHeat: Unlike the TropeNamer, part of the fanbase directs this at the way Cena is booked, rather than at the man himself, and many who cite this claim they would like him more if he turned heel or left the main event. (But make no mistake, there are plenty of people who really do hate him; "Cena sucks!" chants have even shown up in promotions he's never worked for.) But because his fanbase keep buying tickets to shows he's heavily advertised on, and his merchandise sells more than any other superstar[[note]]Both Jeff Hardy and CM Punk have sold more than Cena at one point or another for a short while before Cena's next shirt put him back on top[[/note]], WWE won't risk killing their biggest cash cow and continue the same booking that gives him this. Truth of the matter is, people ''do'' like Cena, or at the very least know that he can be ''very'' entertaining when he wants to be, but he isn't allowed to change his character due to his position in the company. Thus, the heat isn't really for him, the performer -- it's for the guys who book him that way. Thus one could say that John Cena the ''character'' is TheScrappy, while John Cena the ''performer'' is well-liked, or at least well-respected.
21st Mar '17 4:15:14 PM fearlessnikki
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11th Mar '17 4:10:13 PM BDA1978
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** "fine speech....."
6th Mar '17 9:50:50 AM SomeoneElse17
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** The few times he loses clean, with no cheating or bad officiating or outside tomfoolery involved, tend to become this as well. On the one hand, John Cena losing clean almost never happens, so whenever it does it should be a massive boost to the character that beats him. On the other hand, Cena has a tendency to come back in promos after the fact by either subtly highlighting some injury[[note]][[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]]—golf ball elbow[[/note]] or circumstance[[note]][[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]]—wrestled so much he was bound to lose once[[/note]] or outright excusing the loss,[[note]][[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]—got cocky and went for a [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame People's Elbow]], or '''''Wrestling/BrockLesnar—he wasn't fully focused/motivated when he took that NoHoldsBarredBeatdown'''''[[/note]] often without the other guy ever getting to retort to this—which in many's eyes reduces the impact of the victory just to protect Cena's image as the #1 guy. The Kevin Owens incident is particularly controversial, as it also included some peppering of the issue with how WWE treats Cena's charity as special. Some saw Cena as being a class act through putting over Owens one night, then having a great moment with a cancer survivor the next, while others saw Cena taking a clean loss to get attention for the Network only to come back and cut down Owens by taking credit for inspiring not only the young cancer survivor, but Owens himself, with the girl's happiness at the moment put forth as a shield to shame detractors.

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** The few times he loses clean, with no cheating or bad officiating or outside tomfoolery involved, tend to become this as well. On the one hand, John Cena losing clean almost never happens, so whenever it does it should be a massive boost to the character that beats him. On the other hand, Cena has a tendency to come back in promos after the fact by either subtly highlighting some injury[[note]][[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]]—golf ball elbow[[/note]] elbow, or Wrestling/AJStyles—destroyed shoulder[[/note]] or circumstance[[note]][[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]]—wrestled so much he was bound to lose once[[/note]] or outright excusing the loss,[[note]][[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]]—got cocky and went for a [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame People's Elbow]], or '''''Wrestling/BrockLesnar—he wasn't fully focused/motivated when he took that NoHoldsBarredBeatdown'''''[[/note]] often without the other guy ever getting to retort to this—which in many's eyes reduces the impact of the victory just to protect Cena's image as the #1 guy. The Kevin Owens incident is particularly controversial, as it also included some peppering of the issue with how WWE treats Cena's charity as special. Some saw Cena as being a class act through putting over Owens one night, then having a great moment with a cancer survivor the next, while others saw Cena taking a clean loss to get attention for the Network only to come back and cut down Owens by taking credit for inspiring not only the young cancer survivor, but Owens himself, with the girl's happiness at the moment put forth as a shield to shame detractors.
22nd Feb '17 3:02:48 PM KagSwirby
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** And, of course, the [[WebVideo/Vinesauce John Cena MIDI]].

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** And, of course, the [[WebVideo/Vinesauce [[WebVideo/{{Vinesauce}} John Cena MIDI]].
22nd Feb '17 3:02:27 PM KagSwirby
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** And, of course, the [[WebVideo/Vinesauce John Cena MIDI]].
11th Feb '17 9:45:47 AM BDA1978
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** As of mid-2016 and at age 39, Cena is firmly into the "crusty part-time veteran" stage of his career, and the smark hatred has significantly died down. Now that he's moved out of the main event picture and taking frequent breaks to do movies/TV shows, fans are excited to see him come back and deliver a great match every now and then. In fact, he's built up enough goodwill that when he made his declaration to pursue his sixteenth World Championship win (thus tying the record of Wrestling/RicFlair) in Philadelphia (one of the smarkiest cities in the US) he was ''cheered'' for it by the fans.

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** As of mid-2016 and at age 39, Cena is firmly into the "crusty part-time veteran" stage of his career, and the smark hatred has significantly died down. Now that he's moved out of the main event picture and taking frequent breaks to do movies/TV shows, fans are excited to see him come back and deliver a great match every now and then. In fact, he's built up enough goodwill that when he made his declaration to pursue his sixteenth World Championship win (thus tying the record of Wrestling/RicFlair) in Philadelphia (one of the smarkiest cities in the US) US and historically very Anti-Cena) he was ''cheered'' for it by the fans.
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