Posted October 22nd, 2012 by 1Wrestling News Team


STAMFORD, Conn., October 22, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that WWE Superstar, John Cena, was honored by Make-A-Wish last week at their “Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony” for being the only celebrity to reach the record-breaking milestone of fulfilling 300 wishes.

Cena became the first recipient of the 300th Wish Award at the annual Make-A-Wish awards ceremony in Glendale, AZ. His award was presented by wish mom Judith Harrison, whose late son Justin was the second wish child Cena ever met, before an audience of hundreds of Make-A Wish national and chapter staff, volunteer leaders, and wish families.

“WWE Superstar John Cena is a champion in the ring and a champion for Make-A-Wish and wish kids across the world,” said David A. Williams, president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America. “Even in the face of a hectic travel schedule, the physical demands of his job and countless requests for his time, John’s commitment to creating life-changing wish experiences for each and every wish kid requesting to meet him has never wavered. He is an amazing wish granter and a great friend of Make-A-Wish.”

“I can think of no greater honor than someone who can have any wish they want in the world, yet they choose to spend their time with me,” said Cena. “I will continue to grant wishes as long as there are children who request me. I am proud to be a part of WWE’s long standing alliance with Make-A-Wish.”

Cena set a Make-A-Wish record this June by granting his 300th wish to Jonathan Littman, 7, an honor that was also celebrated on ABC’s Good Morning America. Cena has been personally granting wishes for more than eight years, and during the course of WWE’s 25-year alliance with Make-A-Wish, the company and its Superstars have granted more than 4,000 wishes.

About WWE’S Corporate Social Responsibility
WWE’s global community outreach addresses important social issues, including education, diversity and inclusion, military support and fulfilling wishes and dreams. WWE and its Superstars and Divas support a wide range of programs, partners and initiatives that strive to positively impact children and families worldwide, including the “Be a STAR” anti-bullying campaign, WrestleMania Reading Challenge, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Make-A-Wish, WWE Tribute to the Troops and many more. For more information log onto http://www.wwe.com/inside/overtheropes/wweinyourcorner.

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  1. By Mike Wands, posted

    I realize that no one else will see this comment because they see Cena and refuse to click, but this article is perhaps the biggest reason that Cena is in the position he is in the company.

  2. By Ken Becker, posted

    Say what you will about Cena. Yes, he has little in the way of actual wrestling ability, Yes, he has about 5 moves that he uses in ring. Yes, he more brawler than wrestler. But, hate him or love him (and children LOVE LOVE LOVE John Cena)he has charisma! While not being the best “Wrestler” in the world, he is the textbook definition of what Vince calls a “Sports Entertainer”.

    I can remember in the 1980′s another wrestler who had very little in ring skills, used about 5 moves, had a much lamer finisher than Cena, was more Sports Entertainer than wrestler, had LOADS of Charisma and was LOVED by the kids. It wasn’t until 1998 that “smarks” (smart marks), adults, and the more cynical rasslin fan began to love him as well. It took a MAJOR heel turn for that to happen. The man, Terry Bolea, went from the Incredible/Immortal Hulk Hogan to Hollywood Hogan. Even as a heel kids loved him.

    Cena is a stand up guy in a business where most performers (not all, but a goodly amount) could care less about spending time with a sick kid, orget so big that their heads can’t fit through a door. Cena is that rare combination of humility and fame. He even appeciates the fans who “boo” him.

    As I said, say what you will about Cena as a wrestler, but he is a true entertainer and a stand up guy. I don’t particularly like him as a character, but I respect the hell out of him as a man.

  3. By sal "rough cuts" lasardo, posted

    i agree … that is why he will never become a heel again because he is too popular among the kids … this is where vince is marketing and the way the business has gone … hulk hogan in his hay day never granted as many wishes … john cena just seems to care allot more and has the heart … hogan was always about hogan … you never really seen him grant those wishes as much as john does … big difference between the two … john is what you call the ultimate babyface even though his character has gotten stale … his marketing value outside the ring is way too important …

  4. By jason, posted

    like him or hate him in the ring, you must admire him for being willing to use his time and money to help make these children’s wishes and dreams come true, as he is a hero to many and helps to make those lives more memorable if even for a few moments

  5. By M.G, posted

    Cena continues to be the representative of the WWE in its history.Love him or hate him,he gives what little time he has to so many worthwhile causes.Nobody else in the business can match what he does outside the ring.The kids love him and to me thats all that matters

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