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Since coming onto the scene two decades ago, Cena has crossed paths with countless WWE Superstars that he’s either defeated, been beaten by, or both. In addition to their gritty battles in the ring, even his greatest enemies have seen him backstage and in his personal life. As a result, they’ve got some insight into Cena the man as well as Cena the performer.
Cody Rhodes, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, and, for better or worse, Seth “Freakin” Rollins are a few of the Superstars who were willing to share their thoughts on Cena’s 20th anniversary in the WWE. Although The Miz has clashed with Cena over the years, he had to give him credit for the immense amount of work he does with the Make-a-Wish foundation and using his star power to cheer up as many kids as possible.
"My favorite Cena moments are the moments you don’t see,” The Miz said. “Watching him with Make-a-Wish kids. Seeing the smiles on those kids and their families' faces is always incredible.”
Rhodes was more self-reflective. He thought about a time in his career in which he was having difficulty with the way the crowd was perceiving him. So, he sought advice from the definitive face of the WWE.
“I was going through a phase in my career where the crowd was chanting, ‘Let’s go, Cody, Cody sucks’ not unlike the iconic Cena chants he made famous,” Rhodes explained.
He said he was at a time in his career in which he was getting negative feedback from the crowd in addition to positive feedback without doing anything particularly villainous.
He continued: “So when I asked him how to deal with it… He said, ‘Look in the mirror and if you have indeed deviated from your character, change … And if you haven’t … Go forward with your chin up.’ I did the latter and it’s the best decision I ever made.”
Speaking of things that are particularly villainous, Seth Rollins also shared his thoughts on Cena and his career. However, he remembers Cena’s “best” moments as being those in which he was on the receiving end of some of The Man’s punishment.
“My favorite John Cena moment has to be the time I beat him at SummerSlam in 2015 to become double champ,” Rollins said. “Or possibly the time I broke his nose into a million pieces. Both CLASSIC Cena moments.”
Whether it’s respect from the likes of The Miz and Rhodes or some sarcastic ribbing from Rollins, the fact of the matter is that John Cena casts a large shadow over the WWE and its Superstars that cannot and has not been ignored.
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