Since his debut in WWE back in 2002, John Cena has become the superstar that many fans love to hate. He is adored by children all over the world, but it seems that Cena just isn’t what the older members of the WWE Universe are looking for.
Cena came through the ranks in WWE following the end of their infamous Attitude Era and he has become one of the biggest stars in the WWE since. This was done so fast that many members of the WWE Universe reacted by aiming a large amounts of hate towards the former Doctor Of Thugonomics' direction.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that John Cena is the current face of WWE. People who are not fans of wrestling are aware of him because Cena is not only a wrestler, he is an actor, a musician and a former bodybuilder. Overall, he is a very talented man who hasn’t been pushed to the top in WWE in a very effective way.
WWE have overused John Cena and handed him 15 World Title reigns, which is why many fans are ultimately bored of him, and the fact that he is a main event caliber superstar (but a lot of this is not Cena’s fault). The creative team does make the decisions; Cena just does as he is told. The following is a list of 15 reasons why WWE fans have developed a hatred for John Cena over the past 14 years:
15 His Ring Attire
John Cena appeals to the younger generation of the WWE Universe; they think of him as a version of superman and WWE manages to pander to many fans with this. The issue is the fact that he has a new shirt around seven or eight times a year, many fans of John Cena are still in school - so they are forced to ask their parents to buy these and many can’t afford them.
It is normal for superstars to have a new shirt a few times a year, but John Cena goes overboard and by the time fans have one shirt, WWE have already created another, which is unfair to many Cena fans.
14 His Entrance Music
John Cena is one of only a few superstars who sings his own entrance music. His “The Time is Now” track has been his trademark for almost a decade, and fans have even decided to add their own twist on his music instead.
Fans now cheer “John Cena Sucks” to the theme of Cena’s music as he makes his entrance - a cheer that has become louder and louder with each passing event. Cena himself has referenced the chant many times and seems happy with the fact that he is gaining some kind of reaction from the fans. But as a face, this isn’t a good sign.
13 The Nikki Bella Rumour
Nikki Bella is now the longest reigning Divas Champion after holding the title for 301 days - six more than former champion AJ Lee. But rumors suggest that the only reason Nikki was allowed to hold the title long enough to break the record is because John Cena talked to WWE officials and asked them not to take the title from Nikki.
It seems that the official plan was for Charlotte to take the Divas Championship from Nikki long before she did at Night of Champions 2015, but plans were changed after John Cena reportedly stepped in on behalf of his long-term girlfriend.
12 The Mickie James Triangle
John Cena debuted in the WWE as a superstar who seemed to have it all, but he also had a loyal girlfriend whom he had been dating for many years. The two married shortly after his debut, and seemed to be considerably happy, until time on the road finally got to Cena.
The official story states that John Cena’s wife found out he had an affair with Mickie James whilst he was on the road with WWE, and the two then went through a messy divorce. This is said to be the reason Cena is reluctant to remarry despite Nikki Bella pushing for it.
11 He Feeds Off The Attention Of Other Superstars
There was a time when John Cena would be cheered regardless of what he would say. He was liked by more than half of the WWE Universe and fans were happy when he would interfere in a match, but those days are over. John just can’t get used to it.
Who can forget the infamous episode of Raw when WWE were trying to promote a match between Cena and Randy Orton for the newly unified WWE World Heavyweight Championship? Cena piggybacked off Daniel Bryan’s attention that day and used the cheers to his advantage, which wasn’t met with the greatest feedback from the WWE Universe.
10 His Rap Career
John Cena released his first and only album back in 2004 entitled You Can’t See Me, which was an album that he created along with ThaTradmarc.
Cena had mild success with this album, but it allowed his gimmick to overflow into his WWE Character. WWE then decided to allow him to rap on all his opponents before matches. This became stale after a while, but it is still something that WWE references whenever they need to, and it is something that WWE fans prefer not to remember (which is hard when John Cena’s entrance music is him rapping to his own song).
9 No Selling
Before he won the United States Championship at WrestleMania 31 and managed to bring some prestige back to the belt with his United States Open Challenge, Cena was one of the worst wrestlers for putting over new superstars.
Cena would easily bury new talent if it meant he would receive a pop, but it came to the point where Cena knew his career would be over soon. WWE needed superstars waiting in the wings to take over his position, so thankfully Cena’s attitude towards new stars did change towards the end of his current run with the company.
8 He Won’t Turn Heel
Every wrestler has to be trained to adopt both face and heel personalities within the company. It is believed that no superstar is considered a success until they have done so, but still after 14 years with WWE, John Cena hasn't turned heel yet.
He has hinted at a heel turn many times, but never actually followed through with it, because WWE is worried about how it would impact his merchandise sales. This annoys fans further because they would prefer to dislike a heel over a face whose character has become stale.
7 He Never Changes
John Cena has been the same CeNation-leading, ChainGang soldier that he was a decade ago. He is still the same character that thinks he is Superman and that he can always defy the odds.
He still takes a beating before he somehow manages to "kick out at two;" he is still injured and manages to return two months before his expected date because he truly believes he is Superman. He is still the same stale character that has been in the main event of many WWE pay-per-views for the past 12 years and he hasn’t needed to change ... which is why he hasn’t.
6 His Attempt At Portraying A Rebel
John Cena vs The Authority at Survivor Series 2014 was one of the worst story lines WWE officials could have gone for ahead of the event.
The entire event was held together on the idea that John Cena could play a believable rebel - and he couldn’t. His acting is mediocre at the best of times and a lot of the time he isn’t actually playing a character; he’s being himself. But thankfully, Dolph Ziggler was the one to step in and save this story line. Hopefully WWE learned not to bank all of their hopes on John Cena again.
5 His Sense of Humor
Cena has had the same sense of humour since he made his debut in WWE, and it hasn’t changed in 14 years. He still makes jokes that would only be laughed at by children, and he still laughs at his own jokes.
He is a character that will only ever be idolised by children, because a lot of the time, adults find his sense of humour patronizing. His jokes are not even funny. He makes jokes about other wrestlers that are childish and immature. It seems the entire time he is pandering to the children who are fans of him and forgetting all about the adults who pay for their tickets.
4 His In-Ring Ability
John Cena and his “five moves of doom” have changed somewhat over the past few months. Somehow, he has managed to add at least five more moves to his arsenal. He was berated by WWE fans for always following the same moveset and always delivering the same moves in many of his matches. But this is still something he's managed to continue for the better part of a decade.
Cena still continues to use the same moves and sometimes he uses them in the same order, which has seen fans label his matches as boring and predictable.
3 His Attitude
Cena’s "never say die" or "never give up" attitude is something he has become famous for, and it is something that has helped him become a big part of many anti-bullying campaigns.
But it has also somewhat hindered him in the ring; Cena always delivers the same kind of promos when he is heading into a match that he would see as winnable - as he would when the odds are stacked against him. Cena seems to play himself up in the ring a lot and it does seem hard for him to perform as anyone else (which makes him one-dimensional).
2 He Always “Kicks Out At Two”
There was once a joke about John Cena and the fact that he would always kick out at two. This stems from many of his pay-per-view matches, where he would shockingly kick out of superstars finishing moves and in the process, devalue the move itself.
Cena became known as a Superman character who could never be hurt. That would allow him to always take a lot of abuse before always kicking out just short of a three count. He would then find the energy from somewhere to fight back and win the match, much to the WWE Universe’s annoyance.
1 He’s A 15-Time World Champion
Some fans still find it hard to stomach the fact that after just 14 years in the business, John Cena is a 15-time World Champion. This means that he is just one title win away from tying the record that is held by Ric Flair, who has been in the business a lot longer.
This in no way justifies that John Cena is a talented wrestler - this just further shows that Cena has always been WWE’s “go-to guy.” With that said, whenever they have had a problem, they decided that giving the title to Cena was their only solution.