I'm hard-pressed to name any superstar who does more for the WWE than John Cena.
In the world of professional wrestling you have to pay your dues. You can't expect to be in the main event overnight, even if you do have family connections. You have to prove yourself, both inside the ring and out. Respect is most certainly earned, and if you wade through all the crap, you will be rewarded in the end.
There's no doubt in my mind that Cena deserves his position at the top of the WWE food chain—he worked for it, and hard. Few wrestlers are on the road more often than him, and no current, full-time WWE superstar makes more appearances than him.
He's an unbelievably dependable workhorse for the company. The boys in the back respect him, and it certainly shows.
So then why do so many of the fans disrespect him?
Well, I've already answered that question in the previous slides. It's because of his stale and corny gimmick, the Five Moves of Doom, the Super Cena persona. Fans put much more weight on what happens in front of the cameras than we do on what happens behind them, and why shouldn't we? That's what we tune in every week for.
We all know the majority of the Miami crowd at WrestleMania in April is going to be in Rock's corner. Most of us are—it's Rocky, for crying out loud, the only star brighter than Cena.
But as much as we want to, we can't boo Cena whenever he mentions how Rock left WWE for the bright lights of Hollywood. We can't boo him when pokes holes in Rock's already flimsy promises to make a full-time return. We can't boo him when he reminds us that he's the one who's stayed true to the WWE Universe.
Because it's the God's honest truth.