Following an incredible match with AJ Styles at Summerslam 2016, which ended with a loss for John Cena, the 15-time World Champion made a sentimental gesture that made us ask: Was Cena saying goodbye?
It seemed like a somber moment for John Cena being left in the ring in a dazed state after a loss to the Phenomenal AJ Styles. The two had done battle through a hellacious match that saw them pushed to the very edge of their limits. And when the dust had cleared it was John Cena that was left alone in the ring and found wanting.
After collecting himself, Cena reached over to his left shoulder band, the one he had always worn, the one the bore his symbolic catchphrase “Never Give Up”, the one that he had brandished so proudly as he rebuffed an attack by Styles that just nights before…
And took it off.
He stared at the words: Never. Give. Up.
It was a common, well-known phrase and it was by no means original. But he had proudly made it his.
John Cena had been the face of the WWE for many years but more than that, he had exemplified the very heart and soul of the company. Tough, enduring, stubborn but most of all, Passionate. You don’t get to work in the business for long without being any of those things. John Cena was all of them.
He had folded the shoulder band now, putting “Never Give Up” at the very front. With a light kiss, as one does when parting with a treasured friend, he leaves the band in the ring.
At the end of the ramp before he vanishes into the curtain, He offers a heartfelt salute, a symbol of respect and courage, to the whole WWE Universe.
If it was a farewell, its almost as if he’s saying: “I respect you. Be brave while I’m away”
It was met with genuine applause and cheers, from a crowd that was mercilessly against him just mere minutes ago. Almost as if too say: “You too”
What does it all mean? Is he leaving? Is he taking some time off? I guess we’ll all find out soon enough.
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