Pro wrestling needs more heroes like John Cena.
Not heroes in the ring - where one's on-screen character is meticulously crafted by company writers - but heroes outside the squared circle. Heroes when no one is looking.
Cena's storyline role as a multi-time world champion, the face of WWE and its most marketable performer pales in comparison to what he has achieved as Make-A-Wish's most generous celebrity.
The foundation, which helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, wishes it had more John Cenas.
Cena is immensely grateful for what he has achieved in WWE - not so much for the money and fame, but for the platform it has given him.
He gets to make kids' wishes come true.
The 36-year-old Massachusetts native recently reached another milestone when he became the first celebrity to grant 400 wishes.
He is one of only six celebs who have granted more than 200 wishes; no one else has granted more than 300. Cena's 300th wish came in June of 2013.
He granted his 400th wish last week when WWE's flagship show, Monday Night Raw, was at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Before the program went on the air, Cena met with 9-year-old fan Mark and his family.
Cena never says no.
So it's not surprising that the popular sports entertainer is Make-A-Wish's most requested celebrity wish granter.
He connects with children in a special way. The smiles on their faces make it all worthwhile for Cena.
He's been the go-to-guy for organizations like Make-A-Wish. They appreciate the fact that he gives freely and graciously of his time. And that time isn't always easy to come by.
The 14-time WWE champion has suffered his share of injuries during his ring career, yet always finds time to grant wishes despite his grueling 300-day-a-year travel schedule.
Cena, who has worked with the Make-A-Wish organization for almost 10 years, received its Chris Greicius Celebrity Award in 2009 for his unwavering dedication.
WWE's connection with Make-A-Wish began in 1982, dating back nearly to the charity's inception, and the company has been involved in thousands of wishes since that time.
That's a stat worth being proud of.
All athletes and entertainers aren't role models. There's a long list of celebrated names with tarnished pasts. Many wouldn't even consider squeezing in the time to make some kid's day.
It's nice when some of the good guys get recognized for their good deeds. It's especially heartening when they do it because they truly care, and not simply as a publicity ploy to garner attention.
John Cena remains a beacon of positivity for the millions of children who want a real hero to cheer for.
Stories of his random acts of kindness abound.
The kind of acts when no one's looking.
WWE rolls into town on Feb. 28 with a Smackdown show headlined by John Cena vs. WWE champion Randy Orton inside a steel cage. Goldust and Cody Rhodes will meet The Real Americans in another featured bout.
Action begins at 7:30 p.m.
Old School returns
Old School Championship Wrestling will return to the Lowcountry on March 2 with a show at the Hanahan Rec Center.
An added attraction on the bill will be the wedding of Cali Casanova and valet Layla Harden.
Adult admission is $10 (cash at the door); kids (12 and under) $5.
Bell time is 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30.
Big Time Wrestling
Ric Flair will return to Spartanburg on Feb. 28 when Big Time Wrestling makes its South Carolina debut at the Memorial Auditorium.
The 16-time world heavyweight champion will be joined by Vader, Matt Hardy, The Rock 'N Roll Express, Magnum TA, The Hurricane, The Patriot and a divas match featuring Reby Sky vs. Amber O'Neal.
Flair and others will be on hand for photos and autographs at 6 p.m. Bell time is 8 p.m.
WWE Hall of Fame
Scott Hall and Paul Bearer (posthumously) are expected to be in inducted into this year's WWE Hall of Fame class.
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