Seventy-five years ago today, Superman — the original superhero — made his first appearance in “Action Comics #1.” Since then he has always stood for truth and justice. More than that, the Last Son of Krypton has become a symbol of hope and inspiration both in comic books and the real world. Although alien in origin, Superman represents the good in all of us, a red and blue example of what we should all aspire to be.
John Cena may not be able to fly, nor does he have X-ray vision or heat vision, but he stands up for what he believes in and always fights for the greater good. There is no amount of Kryptonite that could keep the Cenation leader from standing up to a challenge inside the ring or fulfilling wishes for young fans all over the world.
The WWE Universe often refers to the 11-time WWE Champion as “SuperCena” — a direct reference to the Man of Steel — for his seemingly superhuman strength and his ability to emerge victorious even when all of the chips are stacked against him. But the truth about “SuperCena” doesn’t necessarily lie in what he does in the ring; it is more about what he represents. Cena’s creeds of “hustle, loyalty and respect” and “rise above hate” are synonymous with truth and justice.
Although a polarizing figure among the WWE Universe, the closet parallels Cena draws to Superman are his unwavering resolve and his ability to inspire millions.