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** The US Open Challenge has been the best thing to happen to Cena in years. After winning the US Title at ''[=WrestleMania=] 31'', Cena has evolved into a workhorse fighting champion, putting on PPV-quality matches nearly every week on RAW against the likes of Cesaro, Neville and Sami Zayn. His in-ring ability has been a renaissance in 2015, and he's even won over some smarky fans who were getting tired of him.

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** The US Championship Open Challenge has been the best thing to happen to Cena in years. After winning the US Title at ''[=WrestleMania=] 31'', Cena has evolved into a workhorse fighting champion, putting on PPV-quality matches nearly every week on RAW against the likes of Cesaro, Neville and Sami Zayn. His in-ring ability has been was a renaissance in 2015, and he's he even won over some smarky fans who were getting tired of him.



** A number of fans were more willing to give Cena a break during his feud with Wrestlig/TheWyattFamily, in part because Cena at least occasionally tried to drop some of his indestructible facade and treat them as an actual threat.
** The US Open Challenge. Considering the lack luster quality of ''Raw'' the past year and Cena's improved ring work, it's one of the few things that makes post-''[=WrestleMania=]'' season worth watching, partially from the excitement of wondering who's going to answer the challenge next.

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** A number of fans were more willing to give Cena a break during his feud with Wrestlig/TheWyattFamily, Wrestling/TheWyattFamily, in part because Cena at least occasionally tried to drop some of his indestructible facade and treat them as an actual threat.
** The US Chanpionship Open Challenge. Considering the lack luster lackluster quality of ''Raw'' the past year and Cena's improved ring work, it's it was one of the few things that makes post-''[=WrestleMania=]'' season worth watching, partially from the excitement of wondering who's who was going to answer the challenge next.next. In particular, it really elevated what was normally a midcard chqmpionship and the men who were fighting for it.

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* CreatorBacklash: Very, very downplayed, but Cena is a little rueful of the fact that he became known under his real name instead of a flashy and colorful stage name like he wanted.

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** To demonstrate this further: one of South Africa's rising superstars in music and performing has a domestic and international hit called "John Cena." It has gotten so popular that it was featured on both Ellen and The Kelly Clarkson Show, the latter also being a heartwarming moment since he actually surprises her during her live performance of the song.


*** In 2018 this migrated to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse when, in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Drax stands incredibly still and claims to be invincible. Memes about Cena having a cameo in the movie ensued. ([[HilariousInHindsight As added Bonus]]: Drax is played by fellow former wrestler Wrestling/{{Batista}}).

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*** In 2018 this migrated to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse when, in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Drax stands incredibly still and claims to be invincible.invisible. Memes about Cena having a cameo in the movie ensued. ([[HilariousInHindsight As added Bonus]]: Drax is played by fellow former wrestler Wrestling/{{Batista}}).


* ArcFatigue: The never ending Cena/Orton feud. While they generally have great matches together, there's a belief that the two don't really have chemistry when it comes to feud-building. That doesn't stop the company from trying to make them feud as if they were Stone Cold and the Rock. It doesn't really help that neither guy has done much to evolve his character in ''years.''

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* ArcFatigue: The never ending Cena/Orton feud. His neverending feud with Wrestling/RandyOrton. While they generally have great matches together, there's a general belief that the two don't really have chemistry when it comes to feud-building. feud-building other than [[BlackAndWhiteMorality one being a goody two-shoes and the other being a psycho.]] That doesn't stop the company from trying to make them feud as if they were Stone Cold and the Rock. It doesn't really help either that neither guy has done much to evolve his character in ''years.''



* CriticalBacklash: While Cena's moveset is certainly limited and his matches can be formulaic, he's nowhere near as bad as a lot of his detractors will have you believe (at least in comparison with most other WWE main eventers with similar schedules). On the flip side, when he has a good opponent to work with, his psychology and understanding of story can lead to classics such as his ''Money in the Bank'' match against Wrestling/CMPunk. When you've pulled off the first five-star WWE match in fifteen years, you have to have at least ''some'' talent, no matter how much the other guy is carrying the match.

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* CriticalBacklash: While Cena's moveset is certainly limited and his matches can be formulaic, he's nowhere near as bad as a lot of his detractors will have you believe (at least in comparison with most other WWE main eventers with similar schedules). On the flip side, In fact, when he has a good opponent to work with, his psychology and understanding of story can lead to classics such as his ''Money in the Bank'' match against Wrestling/CMPunk. When you've pulled off the first five-star WWE match in fifteen years, you have to have at least ''some'' talent, no matter how much the other guy is carrying the match.


** And it's returned with a vengeance post-''[=WrestleMania=] XXX''. Was him defeating Bray Wyatt a logical transition point in their feud? Or was this yet another incidence of Cena coming out on top to the benefit of absolutely no one but himself? Go ahead and [[SchmuckBait ask this question online]]. [[InternetBackdraft We'll wait]].[[note]]For whatever it's worth, Wyatt won a second match, but Cena won a third and final one, leaving them 21 in Cena's favor.[[/note]] A year later, and the same thing happened with Wrestling/{{Rusev|AndLana}}.

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** And it's returned with a vengeance post-''[=WrestleMania=] XXX''. Was him defeating Bray Wyatt a logical transition point in their feud? Or was this yet another incidence of Cena coming out on top to the benefit of absolutely no one but himself? Go ahead and [[SchmuckBait ask this question online]]. [[InternetBackdraft We'll wait]].[[note]]For whatever it's worth, Wyatt won a second match, but Cena won a third and final one, leaving them 21 in Cena's favor.[[/note]] A year later, and the same thing happened with Wrestling/{{Rusev|AndLana}}.


** On the February 5, 2004 ''[=SmackDown=]'', which was held in UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, OH, Cena did a rap about Wrestling/PaulHeyman excluding him from the #1 contender to the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Championship]] match between Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/TheBigShow at the No Way Out PPV. Cena said, "Yo! You see, leavin' Cena outta this match is completely insane/That's like cutting ([[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation then-Cleveland Cavaliers basketball sensation) Lebron James]] from The All Star Game." 6 years later, on July 28, 2010, Creator/{{ESPN}} aired an overblown TV special called ''The Decision'' where James announced that he would be ''leaving'' Cleveland to join the Miami Heat, drawing ''very'' negative reactions from Cleveland fans, who likely would not have minded if James was left out of any future All-Star Games.

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** On the February 5, 2004 ''[=SmackDown=]'', which was held in UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, OH, Cena did a rap about Wrestling/PaulHeyman excluding him from the #1 contender to the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Championship]] match between Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/TheBigShow at the ''[[Wrestling/NoWayOutWrestling No Way Out PPV. Out]]''. Cena said, "Yo! You see, leavin' Cena outta this match is completely insane/That's like cutting ([[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation then-Cleveland Cavaliers Cavaliers]] basketball sensation) Lebron James]] UsefulNotes/{{LeBron James}} from The ''The All Star Game.Game''." 6 years later, on July 28, 2010, Creator/{{ESPN}} aired an overblown TV special called ''The Decision'' where James announced that he would be ''leaving'' Cleveland to join the Miami Heat, drawing ''very'' negative reactions from Cleveland fans, who likely would not have minded if James was left out of any future All-Star Games.



** Him running backstage at ''WrestleMania 34'' has become this.

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** Him running backstage at ''WrestleMania ''[=WrestleMania=] 34'' has become this.



** Most people will point out that it isn't the real-life persona of Cena they hate, it's the IDEA of Cena. John is an OK wrestler, but he is pushed so astoundingly hard compared to other people who should be on his level. The only people to even manage to claw with their fingertips at Cena's rung on the ladder are Wrestling/CMPunk and Wrestling/DanielBryan, and even those two were kicked back down after a few months. This was the first of several bullet points (almost spoken verbatim) in Wrestling/CMPunk's now infamous WorkedShoot promo in the summer of 2011.

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** Most people will point out that it isn't the real-life persona of Cena they hate, it's the IDEA of Cena. John is an OK wrestler, but he is pushed so astoundingly hard compared to other people who should be on his level. The only people to even manage to claw with their fingertips at Cena's rung on the ladder are Wrestling/CMPunk and Wrestling/DanielBryan, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]], and even those two were kicked back down after a few months. This was the first of several bullet points (almost spoken verbatim) in Wrestling/CMPunk's now infamous WorkedShoot promo in the summer of 2011.



* {{Narm}}: Oh , the [[http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y246/electricpetertork/cenapoop.jpg angry face]] Cena made during the Januery 23, 2012 ''Raw''... especially because Cena's proven more than capable of making a convincing angry face... this was less angry and more 'constipated'...

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* {{Narm}}: Oh , the [[http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y246/electricpetertork/cenapoop.jpg angry face]] Cena made during the Januery January 23, 2012 ''Raw''... especially because Cena's proven more than capable of making a convincing angry face... this was less angry and more 'constipated'...



* OlderThanTheyThink: The "AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!" meme actually dates way back to a 2004 episode of ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'', where Wrestling/EddieGuerrero announces him as the final member of his team for the Wrestling/SurvivorSeries pay-per-view that same year. Hell, Eddie even quotes it ''ad verbatim'', then gestures Cena's "You Can't See Me" hand wave to the opposing team.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: The "AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!" meme actually dates way back to a 2004 episode of ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'', where Wrestling/EddieGuerrero announces him as the final member of his team for the Wrestling/SurvivorSeries pay-per-view that same year. [[note]]For the record, the other two guys on Eddie's team were Wrestling/RobVanDam and Wrestling/TheBigShow.[[/note]] Hell, Eddie even quotes it ''ad verbatim'', then gestures Cena's "You Can't See Me" hand wave to the opposing team.



** It's not as poison oak as you might think. This is ''exactly'' what HulkHogan used to do in WCW - coincide his absences with special events (like NBA finals on TNT and the Westminster Dog Show on USA) to make it seem like ratings changes were entirely due to him being there or not being there.

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** It's not as poison oak as you might think. This is ''exactly'' what HulkHogan Wrestling/HulkHogan used to do in WCW - coincide his absences with special events (like NBA finals on TNT and the Westminster Dog Show on USA) to make it seem like ratings changes were entirely due to him being there or not being there.



** 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 and historically very Anti-Cena) 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) win[[note]]Wrestling/RicFlair is a 22x World Champion (10x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA]], 8x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW]], 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE]] and 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-in-h.html "WCW International"]] in Philadelphia (one of the smarkiest cities in the US and historically very Anti-Cena) he was ''cheered'' for it by the fans.



** A number of fans were more willing to give Cena a break during his feud with the Wyatt family, in part because Cena at least occasionally tried to drop some of his indestructible facade and treat them as an actual threat.
** The US Open Challenge. Considering the lack luster quality of ''Raw'' the past year and Cena's improved ring work, it's one of the few things that makes post-''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' season worth watching, partially from the excitement of wondering who's going to answer the challenge next.

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** A number of fans were more willing to give Cena a break during his feud with the Wyatt family, Wrestlig/TheWyattFamily, in part because Cena at least occasionally tried to drop some of his indestructible facade and treat them as an actual threat.
** The US Open Challenge. Considering the lack luster quality of ''Raw'' the past year and Cena's improved ring work, it's one of the few things that makes post-''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' post-''[=WrestleMania=]'' season worth watching, partially from the excitement of wondering who's going to answer the challenge next.


* FanHater: A lot of Cena's more rabid supporters will get this in the general pro-wrestling fandom, mainly because they took Cena's promos (which, after his face turn, more often than not involve him failing to stay in-character while taking shots at his opponents) far too seriously and started attacking other wrestlers- the real-life men, ''not'' just the characters- ''and'' their fans in real-life.


** According to detractors, all the good matches involving Cena is solely carry jobs by his opponent, regardless if said opponent had a history of having bad matches. All the bad matches involving him is Cena's fault, again regardless if said opponent had a history of having bad matches. His FanDumb, in response, would accuse Cena's opponents ''and partners'' of similar incompetence. Cue the flame war.

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** According to detractors, all the good matches involving Cena is solely carry jobs by his opponent, regardless if said opponent had a history of having bad matches. All the bad matches involving him is Cena's fault, again regardless if said opponent had a history of having bad matches. His FanDumb, fans, in response, would accuse Cena's opponents ''and partners'' of similar incompetence. Cue the flame war.


* BadassDecay: Hell in a Cell was supposed to be a gimmick match that laid feuds to rest, but John Cena refused to take a break from pursuing Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio after losing to them in the Cell, killing off some of its appeal. Though for the Del Rio case, CM Punk was involved in the contest as well, making it a triple threat for the title (in fact, Punk was the one Del Rio pinned to win the title), and that there wasn't that much bad blood or heat between Cena and Del Rio to begin with -- in fact, there was probably more bad blood between Punk and Cena at that point, or at least more reason for them to be in the Cell together instead. If that sounds convoluted, it's because creative was intent on pushing Del Rio but had written themselves into a corner by making ''Hell In A Cell'' an [[UniquenessDecay annual pay per view]].
%%** After dropping the "Dr. of Thuganomics" gimmick.
%%** "JBL is Poopy"


* CounterpartComparison: He's been called his generation's Wrestling/HulkHogan. This description, like everything else about him, is controversial to say the least.

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** Cena's role as Baron Draxum in ''Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' was shown to be all right, and then he shows off his singing ability in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEYl6AYukNk "Warring Warrior Scientist" song]] which had fans absolutely in awe.

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* CommonKnowledge: Despite his use of imagery like dogtags, saluted and camoflauge, and his MemeticMutation stating that he was, John Cena was never actually in the United States Military, but those who know him for his out of wrestling endeavours seem to think he was

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** It's not as poison oak as you might think. This is ''exactly'' what HulkHogan used to do in WCW - coincide his absences with special events (like NBA finals on TNT and the Westminster Dog Show on USA) to make it seem like ratings changes were entirely due to him being there or not being there.


** "Cena sucks!" "Let's go Cena!" "Cena sucks!" "Let's go Cena!"

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** "Cena sucks!" "Let's go Cena!" "Cena sucks!" "Let's go Cena!"Cena!"[[note]]These dueling chants became so firmly ingrained that in many cases it was obvious to any listener that large parts of the audience were chanting ''both parts''.[[/note]]

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