If you are among those watching John Cena over the past few weeks and hoping for a heel turn at WrestleMania 29, don’t hold your breath.
In an interview with New Jersey's The Record, Cena says his charity work always trumps what he might do in the ring. And to do something like a heel turn goes against all of that charity work, especially against everything he does that involves children, saying, "To sacrifice all that I do for a short-term story…it doesn't seem worth it."
In the interview, Cena says he is aware of all of the social-media clamor for him to go rogue against The Rock when they meet Sunday at WrestleMania 29 for the WWE Championship. However, he claims he does not pay attention to all of those calls for him to go to the dark side based on his recent intense promos for his match against Rock.
Since beginning his wrestling career 10 years ago, Cena has become WWE’s de facto leader in charity work.
Last year, Cena granted wish No. 300 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, more than any other celebrity. He also led the WWE effort to raise more than $1 million for breast cancer research. Additionally, he has been at the forefront of WWE’s goodwill partnership with the nation’s armed forces.
Cena says in the interview that he gets more from seeing the Make-A-Wish kids than anything he ever has faced in his wrestling career.
"These kids are some of the strongest fighters," he said. "It provides me with a way to stay stronger."
In the interview, Cena says getting into the ring against Rock or anyone else is more to him than just entertainment, He says it is a form of escapism for the fans, and he has tried to keep his on-screen persona successful by incorporating it into his life outside of the ring. In his interview with The Record, he said, “I'm one of the few people that doesn’t play a character. Every Monday night, I'm John Cena.”
Follow Bill Atkinson on Twitter at @BAtkinson1963.