Circle of Champions: Wish-granting with John Cena in Knoxville, Tenn.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Hours before he and Batista captured the World Tag Team Championships, John Cena made dreams come true for Make-A-Wish's Jacob Kitchens of Jefferson, Ga., and Joshua Odle of Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday before Raw.
For Jacob, 10, and Joshua, 12, their admiration for the three-time WWE Champion goes beyond his work inside the ring. The True Champs said Cena's "coolness" comes from his contribution to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and WWE's Circle of Champions honorees.
After leaving the True Champs speechless the moment he entered the Thompson-Boling Assembly Center & Arena VIP suite, the Chain Gang Commander signed autographs and posed for pictures with the boys and their families. He also presented his Chain Gang Soldiers with wristbands, headbands, Hustle, Loyalty & Respect caps, and 8-Bit T-shirts.
"Your Make-A-Wish and Circle of Champions T-shirts are nice, but here are my signature T-shirts you can wear, in case you spill mustard or ketchup on yours while eating during the show," Cena told the True Champs, handing them his new brand new Cenation jersey, which will be available soon through WWE Shop.
The Raw Superstar brought many smiles to his Chain Gang Soldiers' faces, and they too brought joy to the three-time WWE Champion, who will face Batista for the first time ever in a one-on-one match, next Sunday at SummerSlam. Jacob gave Cena a one-of-a-kind, camouflage University of Tennessee Volunteers baseball cap.
For Cena, a major supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, his latest Circle of Champions experience was one he'll always remember.
"Everyone who works with Make-A-Wish, from all sides of the Foundation, knows how valuable it is to have those wishes come true. To be chosen by [Joshua and Jacob] to grant their wishes, out of the fact that I enjoy contributing to Make-A-Wish, that's a huge honor," said a humbled Cena.
The two Circle of Champions honorees couldn't stop smiling after meeting their favorite Superstar.
"Meeting John Cena stunned me. I chose John Cena to make my wishes come true, because I only focus on two things: wrestling and John Cena. He's pretty cool and laid back," said Jacob with an ear-to ear grin.
"The thoughts that went into getting him the hat was that he likes wearing camouflage. I'm glad he liked it. The four-hour drive, with my family, was all worth it," Jacob continued.
"It was really cool. When he walked into the room and I saw him for the first time ever, I just froze. My mind went blank," said Joshua. "I had some fun. He's actually as nice as people say. It's really nice what he does for Make-A-Wish kids, because I hope to contribute the same way as he does to the Foundation when I get older."