Circle of Champions: John Cena grants Wishes for Alex and Camron
SALT LAKE CITY -- Before his impromptu Street Fight with Umaga in front of a sold-out E Center, John Cena made the dreams of two lucky Make-A-Wish kids come true.
"I like John Cena, because he kicks butt, like me," said Alex Severinghaus, 12, of Niles, Mich. "It was awesome meeting him. He's a really nice guy. He's exactly what I thought he would be like, very polite. At first, I was sort of nervous. He made me feel more comfortable."
"I can't explain how I'm feeling right now. It was so unreal," Camron Villanueva, 8, of West Jordan, Utah, explained. "I thought he was only going to give me some shirts and sign some autographs, but he did that and then some. He spent a lot of time with us. None of my friends are going to believe it when I tell them."
Cena signed autographs, shelled out his new signature "8-Bit" T-shirt, "Hustle, Loyalty, Respect" cap, "Chain Gang Soldier" medallions, wristbands and posed for photos with the "True Champs." The three-time champion even tossed out a few jokes along the way.
"Did you also come to see Umaga?" Cena asked Villanueva.
"No, I can't understand him," Villanueva replied.
"Well, neither can I," Cena responded, as everyone in the luxury suite erupted in laughter.
Just less than a week away from attempting to recapture his fourth WWE Title at Night of Champions against WWE Champion Triple H, Cena answered the True Champ's questions about his friendship with The Game.
"Triple H and I are friends. We share a common goal and that is to be the champion. So, come Night of Champions we both are going to leave everything we have out in that ring," Cena said.
Cena was candid while answering questions about the sports-entertainment industry.
"We like to put on a really good show. Seeing us in action is similar to watching a movie, except what we do is very physical," said Cena. "So, please keep that in mind when you're wrestling, at home, with your teddy bear on the trampoline."
Villanueva's wish was to meet Cena, his favorite wrestler, while Severinghaus' wish was to see his first-ever WWE event live. When Cena heard Alex was coming to watch Raw in West Valley City, he offered to meet him, too, as part of the spectacular wish night.
"It just goes to show how WWE does things. We're always willing to bend over backwards to ensure that the Make-A-Wish experience is as good as it can be. It was an honor for me to meet both he and Camron, which was really cool," Cena recalled.
On the night that Mr. McMahon gave away a million dollars for a second week in a row, the Circle of Champions chimed in on whether meeting John Cena or winning some of McMahon's millions would be more special.
"Meeting John Cena tops money, because it's a once in a lifetime thing," Severinghaus stated.
However, Villanueva, decked-out in Cena gear from head to toe, including identical Cena short pants, was hesitant.
"That's a really hard question, probably winning Mr. McMahon's million dollars," he said with an ear-to-ear grin on his face.