10 years The Champ: John Cena reflects on his decade at WWE

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June 27, 2012

Say what you want, but for the past 10 years, WWE and John Cena have been synonymous. One cannot be so readily identified without the other. Cena is considered one of the most recognizable Superstars in WWE history – an incredible feat when one considers the pantheon of sports-entertainment immortals that have preceded him, or the fact that he is such a polarizing figure among the passionate members of the WWE Universe. To them, Cena is either WWE’s greatest hero, or its most reviled Superstar. There is no middle ground, nor is there ever likely to be.

Cena’s ring debut – a match against Kurt Angle on the June 27, 2002, edition of SmackDown – didn’t end in victory on the canvas. Many cite Cena’s arrival that night, though, as the dawn of a new era in WWE. Fast-forward 10 years, and you’ll see a 12-time World Champion who’s a first-ballot WWE Hall of Famer … and he’s still in the prime of an already stellar WWE career. (CENA'S WWE DEBUT: A LOOK BACK)

Perhaps the question that needs to be asked isn’t what the WWE Universe has seen in John Cena throughout the past decade, but what the Cenation leader has assessed about himself in that time. Thankfully, Cena was kind enough to discuss the subject with WWE.com, in which he speaks candidly about his first days with WWE; the steps he took to develop into the once (and future?) Champ; making his mark as a worldwide role model and a champion for Make-A-Wish; and the kind of person he is today ...

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