John Cena is undoubtedly one of the best Superstars to have ever stepped foot inside a WWE ring. He is a 16-time World Champion and was the face of the company for well over a decade.
John Cena is also an upstanding person and is known to protect his fellow WWE Superstars and also referees in the past. It seems he did just that on multiple occasions for referees.
While speaking on the Monday Mailbag on AdFreeShows.com, former WWE referee Mike Chioda was asked if any WWE Superstars had ignored their cue to ‘go home’ and finish a match. Chioda stated it happened quite often.
“[That happened] all the time. As long as we went off the air – when they started doing the [WWE] Network it wasn’t such a tight situation when you had to hit your cue to get off there. When you did Raw, pay-per-views, stuff like that a lot of guys would be hot because if it was the match before the main event and they killed their time for the main event that would stink because you were going off air.”
“The Undertaker, John Cena – he was the best at hitting his times – but there were times they were like ‘We’re going extra’ so when they did go extra in the main events and if they went an extra five minutes or something like that it would cost the company, I think, something like fifty to a hundred thousand dollars for extra time. For taking that extra five to eight minutes and for you to not hit that time and cost the company fifty to a hundred thousand dollars or whatever it was. But I know it was minimum like fifty thousand.”
Mike Chioda then went on to explain that John Cena in particular would take the blame for matches going on too long instead of letting the referees get called out by WWE management.
“If John Cena was like ‘Screw it’ or certain guys were like ‘We’re getting this in’ because they wanted to build up the match. They didn’t have much time because the matches prior to the main event went too long – they didn’t know how to hit their cues or their times. Sometimes I’d be like ‘Hey man, we’ve gotta go home, we gotta go back home now’ screaming ‘I’ll take the heat, I’ll take the heat.’ The ref would get heat but then guys like John Cena or certain other guys would take the heat for it, saying ‘Look don’t blame him because he told me, I heard him, he gave me the cues, I got the cues, and I thought we just needed a little more time.”
This is certainly characteristic of John Cena and fans no doubt respect him for such acts. John Cena is currently expected to make his return to the company in July when live crowds make a comeback. We will have to see what the company has in store for him once he returns.
h/t to Inside The Ropes for the quotes.