No WWE superstar in recent memory receives a more split reaction than John Cena.
Some cities love him, some cities hate him and some shower him with cheers while simultaneously drowning him with boos. That’s how it has been over the last few years and likely how it will be for the foreseeable future.
You can pretty much predict where Cena will get booed or cheered the most, but we’ve never seen a legitimate breakdown of how the crowd reacts to “The Champ.” Until now.
Arda Ocal of the "Aftermath" radio show and TheScore.com has released a heavily-researched "John Cena Crowd Reaction Map" breaking down historical Boo/Cheer tendencies in U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and international countries WWE tours. In North America, the chart breaks down as expected with pro-Cena crowds in the Midwest (other than Chicago), South, West, including California, and Mexico. The anti-Cena crowds are expectedly in the Northeast, on the East Coast, and in most Canadian provinces. Internationally, each country leans toward a pro-Cena crowd.
You can view Ocal’s map here, and it’s certainly interesting to say the least.
As you can see, the majority of places around the world cheer Cena, but places that are known as “wrestling cities” (and therefore ones with older and perhaps smarter fans) tend to be pretty anti-Cena. Unsurprisingly, those cities are concentrated in areas where fans aren’t afraid to voice their opinions.
Cities like New York City (90 percent anti-Cena) and states like North Carolina (65 percent anti-Cena) have some rich wrestling tradition and some notoriously rowdy fans, and it’s pretty clear that people who live there aren’t too big of Cena fans.
It shouldn’t be surprising, though, that most international crowds (besides our neighbor to the North, Canada) are pro-Cena. Given that the WWE tours internationally rather infrequently, most countries are going to be excited about seeing the biggest star in professional wrestling no matter what.
Of course, Ocal’s map isn’t all-encompassing, but it’s definitely something that’s worth paying attention to.
Take a look at where your city, state or geographical area falls on this map, and be sure to offer your opinions on the accuracy of Ocal’s findings.
Is Cena really cheered that much in your home state? Is he booed more than the map leads on?
Let your voice be heard.