“They Made Noise, They Cared”: Longest-Tenured WWE Official Lays Down Facts on John Cena Getting Booed by Fans Despite Being a Top Star

Published 07/16/2023, 2:00 PM EDT

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“Let’s go, Cena, Cena sucks,” a chant we have heard over the years when John Cena wrestled in WWE. There was always animosity in the arena mixed with a huge wave of cheer for the 16-time world champion in the early part of his run as WWE’s top babyface. But Cena always stood by his values of respecting the crowd and giving them memorable matches. This has made him a lovable WWE superstar today. However, a top official of the company shared his views on how fans still loved him even though they were booing him.

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60-year-old Bruce Prichard, who has been one of the longest-tenured WWE employees recently gave his thoughts on Cena’s popularity. He claimed even in hate chants, there was love for ‘The Cenation Leader’

WWE fans ‘loved to love and loved to hate’ John Cena

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The Peacemaker star has moved away from WWE for a few years now to make a name in Hollywood. But John Cena is still one of the most loved superstars of all time and Bruce Prichard has his opinion on it.

The former manager of The Undertaker was involved in several booking decisions on Cena. Hence, he has seen his rise closely and discussed the same on the recent episode of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard‘s podcast. He gave his opinion on fans starting to boo him after Cena became the WWE Champion for the first time.

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Prichard said, “The audience will turn and they will resent you. But here’s the thing, they made noise, they cared.”

He c0ntinued, “So I really didn’t care whether they were cheering, whether they were booing him out of the building, they had an emotional reaction to John. They cared about John; love him or hate him, they cared. That is the single most important thing that you want from an audience.”

“You want them to care and be passionate and they were. So love him or hate him, he was polarizing. Man, they loved to love him and they loved to hate him. Give me that character any day of the week,” he added.

Nevertheless, Cena was and is ‘The Franchise Player’ for WWE. WWE sold a ton of Cenation merchandise and fans love him. He tackled every lovable and hostile crowd over the years, but at Money in the Bank this year, we saw a loud cheer for Cena.

Cena got a massive pop at Money in the Bank

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The WWE legend recently stopped by at O2 Arena at Money in the Bank PLE. As Cena is not around more like he was a couple of years back, the fans miss him. Thus, at London, the WWE Universe didn’t let him down, by cheering him at the top of their voice.

The cheers got even more deafening when Cena proposed that he wants to witness a WrestleMania in London. This further endeared him to a supportive crowd and elevated his status as an all-time fan favorite.

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What are your thoughts on Bruce Prichard’s comments? Do you agree with him? Share your thoughts below.

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Tushar Deogharkar is a senior WWE writer and analyst at EssentiallySports. With a true passion for pro wrestling, Tushar has consistently provided unparalleled coverage of the sport, never missing an opportunity to share his insights with his readers. Throughout his career, Tushar has covered some of the most iconic rivalries in WWE history, including the legendary feud between The Rock and Stone Cold.
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