WWE: John Cena's Divorce, and How His Personal Life Should Remain Personal

Tom ClarkFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2012

photo by wwe.com
photo by wwe.com

The recent news of John Cena’s impending divorce has led fans to the rumor sites, and writers to their keyboards.

As you can see, I am one of those writers.

After all, as a WWE Featured Columnist here on Bleacher Report, it’s my job to write on the current, hottest topics of the day, and make no mistake about it: John Cena is consistently the hottest topic of the day.

Like, every day.

However, unlike some of my other fellow pro wrestling writers out there, I am not here to report on the sordid details of Cena’s personal life.  Nor am I here to talk about the fact that considering the man we’re discussing, and his highly visible life in the public eye, that this thing could get very messy, very quickly.  Why?

Because I don’t care.

Don’t misunderstand me here, I am not saying that I have no personal feelings on the topic, the truth is whenever I hear about any divorce, the first thing I think of is what a shame it is that it’s happening in the first place.

This situation is no different, as John Cena has always struck me as a guy, at least on the outside, who truly loves what he does, and puts all of himself into it, 24/7.  He appears to be an overall decent person, and when a divorce happens to someone like that, it’s especially hard, because my heart goes out to him.

Not to get all philosophical here, but love is not exactly guaranteed, and sometimes, unfortunately, things just do not work out.

But, as a married man of eight years, while I sympathize with John’s situation, as a wrestling fan, I am not impacted in the slightest.  

I am taking the high ground on this one, hence the not caring part.

I have to say, though I have been sitting behind this laptop writing about WWE for a few years now, and have been in the business for years longer, I am somewhat surprised by the coverage that this story is getting.

Surprised, because for so many fans, just reading Cena’s name in print is enough to elicit true hate from a very scary place that most of us logical thinking members of the human race have no desire to visit.

In other words, any news about John is bad news, and as those fans clean their guns, there is no such thing as a good time for them to talk about the 12-time WWE and World Champion.

They’re not too fond for that little bit of trivia, by the way.

But, I suppose that the bulk of fans who are clicking on the John Cena divorce headline are indeed haters who are itching to see him fall.  

Like, off a skyscraper.

For those fans, John Cena, in addition to being Public Enemy No. 1, is also a public figure whose life is open season, because he is a TV star.  And, TV stars don’t deserve privacy, right?

The other group of interested fans are those who actually support the guy, no matter what happens.

Yes, those people do exist.  And, yes, they can be as wildly passionate about Cena as the bunch who have his face taped to a target in their back yard.

The point here is that I am undoubtedly in the minority, as I belong to the very small number of fans who are not overly concerned with what the WWE Superstars do behind closed doors, in the privacy of their own homes.  Their personal lives, are just that; their personal lives.  It has no bearing on me as a fan, or as a writer.

The truth is, it’s really none of my business.

You know what I want from John Cena?  I want the guy to do his thing as the top dog in WWE.  Love him or hate him, he is still Vince McMahon’s cash cow, and as long as he’s there, we may as well take it all in, and appreciate him for what he is.

Hey, at least he makes it interesting, right?

As a fan, I just want John Cena the WWE Superstar.  That’s it.  John Cena the married man who is headed for divorce?  That’s for John, his wife and his family to sort out.

Is it his fault?  Don’t care.  Is it her fault?  Don’t care.  Is this story yet another testament to the sad trend of failed relationships of one WWE Superstar after another?

I really don’t care.  Again, his life is not mine, and it’s none of my business.

Of course, I had to click on a headline in order to get the news of John’s divorce in the first place.

Crap.  Guess I’m just as guilty, right?

So much for taking the high ground.