MIAMI –The Superstars and Divas continued to give back to the Miami community during WrestleMania XXVIII Week. John Cena, Sheamus and Layla hosted the annual pizza party for the more than 40 children and families from Make-A-Wish Foundation and WWE’s Circle of Champions at Jungle Island Saturday.
Cena, a Make-A-Wish Ambassador and previous recipient of the prestigious Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, is quickly nearing a record 300 wishes. At Jungle Island, Cena, along with Sheamus and Layla, presented this year’s Wish kids with their WWE Circle of Champions plaques at Jungle Island.
As he mentioned during Wednesday’s WrestleMania Press Conference, the Cenation Leader has been looking forward to Saturday’s pizza party for quite some time. At the press conference, Cena talked about the amazing "power of the wish," and the smiling faces of Saturday’s Wish kids certainly confirmed that sentiment. Amongst those smiling faces was Dylan, a very special personal guest of the Cenation Leader.
After enjoying their pizza lunch Saturday afternoon, faces around the room lit up as Cena, Sheamus and Layla arrived at Jungle Island. The Superstars got to work immediately, handing out special WWE Circle of Champions Certificates plaques to each Wish kid.
Upon his arrival to the event, a smiling Cena said, "I’m so glad everyone could be here to enjoy Jungle Island. And Sheamus." Layla was also thrilled to be a part of today's Make-A-Wish event, and she had nothing but praise for the organization. "Everyone wants a dream to come true and the Make-A-Wish Foundation does that for these kids."
While the Make-A-Wish pizza party is a yearly tradition, Saturday's festivities marked the first time that the event was held outdoors, a nice touch thanks to the beautiful Miami weather.
As another added bonus, the "Hardcore Legend" himself, Mick Foley, just so happened to be at Jungle Island, enjoying the venue with his family. Foley, who is always generous with his time, couldn't resist stopping by the party to say hello and make new friends. Foley's constant grin said everything there is to say about events such as this one.
Even with his epic match against WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan looming tomorrow at WrestleMania XXVIII, The Celtic Warrior was all smiles today, saying, "I'm proud to be a part of the Make-A-Wish celebration. This is an incredible charity and an incredible organization." Sheamus added, pointedly, "The kids have been great." The Cenation Leader agreed, stating, "Every guest is special."
Layla talked about some of the kids she met Saturday, saying, "Bradley was a charmer. He gave the best hugs." She added, "I got a couple of kisses which I was really, really happy about!"
Sheamus and Layla also got the chance to hang out with some animal friends at Jungle Island and introduce them to the Wish kids. Sheamus described the scene, saying, "I picked up a four-year-old gator named Rambo!" Layla even got a parrot named Hilo to eat a grape from her mouth.
As the day's festivities started to wind down, Sheamus said, "I'm proud to be a part of Make-A-Wish today and I hope to do many, many more."
In addition to meeting their favorite Superstars at Saturday’s pizza party, this year’s Wish kids will also watch The Show of Shows together Sunday night at Sun Life Stadium where they'll be on hand to witness John Cena's historic bout against The Rock.
Over the past 25 years, WWE has granted more than 3,500 wishes (and counting) with Make-A-Wish Foundation, putting smiles on the faces of Wish children and their families.
MIAMI – WrestleMania XXVIII festivities kicked off in high gear Wednesday at a press conference that ended with a main-event faceoff between hometown hero The Rock and John Cena a mere four days before their “Once in a Lifetime” match.
Although The Great One and the Cenation leader expressed the utmost respect for one another’s accomplishments prior to the photo op, neither Superstar could hide his desire to tear into the other Sunday. The Rock promised to give Cena a “Hurricane [butt]-kicking of a lifetime,” and Cena said he has been waiting his entire life for their WrestleMania match.
“I couldn’t ask for a grander stage or a bigger opponent,” said Cena, a former 10-time WWEChampion.
The Rock told reporters that Cena’s achievements run “a mile long.”
“It's going to be an honor for me to step in the ring with John Sunday,” he said.
The explosive press conference – which was streamed live on WWE.com, YouTube and Facebook – officially ushers in the many WrestleMania activities happening in South Beach this weekend, including numerous community-outreach events and charity fundraisers, the annual Fan Axxess event, unprecedented social media coverage and the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012 induction ceremony.
Taking place at Sun Life Stadium, The Show of Shows itself – WrestleMania XXVIII – airs live on pay-per-view Sunday, with a special start time of 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. WWE’s stay in Miami culminates with a live broadcast of Raw SuperShow from American Airlines Arena Monday night.
“Our goal is not only to host the WWE Universe this week, but for WWE to return to our community again very soon,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, who declared March 28-April 2, 2012, as “WrestleMania XXVIII Week” in the county and presented WWE with the Key to Miami-Dade County.
Seventy-thousand fans from all 50 states and 36 countries are expected to arrive in Miami for WrestleMania events, Diaz said. In total, an estimated 125,000 members of the WWE Universe will be taking part in various activities throughout the week, according to John Saboor, WWE’s Senior Vice President of Special Events.
Although it was the parting comments from The Rock and Cena left the Eden Rock Hotel press area abuzz, other Superstars – including WWE Champion CM Punk, Triple H and Divas Champion Beth Phoenix – spoke about the significance of performing on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Triple H, appearing both as a participant in Sunday’s “End of an Era” Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker and as WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, called WrestleMania “an important rite of passage for any member of the WWE Universe.”
“For all the talent on the WWE roster, participating in WrestleMania means being a part of history,” he said, before vowing to make history by stopping The Undertaker’s WrestleMania Steak at 19-0.
In addition to being the WWE’s biggest event of the year, WrestleMania XXVIII is also the social media event of the year, said press conference host Michael Cole. He introduced Team Teddy representatives Kofi Kingston and United States Champion Santino Marella, Team Johnny members David Otunga and The Miz, as well as Ricardo Rodriguez –all of whom were live-tweeting from the event.
Cole also invited live-stream viewers to tweet their questions for the Superstars, using the hashtag #WrestleMania. After the press conference ended, the questions were answered via @WrestleMania. This year’s WrestleMania is expected to bring Superstars and the WWE Universe closer together than ever before, with an unprecedented number of Superstars live-tweeting from events in Miami.
Also in attendance Wednesday was Mike Pouncey, the starting center for WWE’s partner, the Miami Dolphins. A member of the 2009 Florida Gators National Championship team, Pouncey joked that he would be at Sun Life Stadium to lend Cena or The Rock a hand, should either Superstar need it.
With WrestleMania week officially under way, the WWE Universe is invited to share its thoughts and sentiments on Twitter, using the hashtage #WrestleMania.
The Rock and John Cena had their final face-off before WrestleMania
Keeping with his theme of history lessons, The Rock took the crowd down memory lane and reminded them of one of his most memorable matches in Atlanta. The Great One said there's only one man that the millions – and millions – wanted The Great One to face at WrestleMania, and that's John Cena.
It wouldn't take long for his WrestleMania opponent to interrupt, as Cena came out to the ring to stop The Rock before he got any further with his verbal assault
Cena noted The Rock is great at talking trash, but he definitely isn't the first to do so, and that every time someone tries to rip the leader of Cenation, he rises above the hate. Cena went on to say that he's been an active member of WWE longer than The Rock, and unlike The Great One, he's stuck with WWE in both good times and bad. Cena said the WWE Universe knows that he has to win this match, because his entire life is riding on it.
The Rock answered by explaining why he knows he needs to win, and that he's driven by the fact that he can cement his legacy as the greatest WWE Superstar of all time by defeating Cena at WrestleMania.
On a personal level, The Great One said he just doesn't like Cena and promised him the ass-kicking of a lifetime. Cena closed with some final heated words before dropping the mic as the two rivals exchanged fiery staredowns nose to nose.
The latest issue of WWE Magazine gives an “insider’s take” on each major match-up at next Sunday’s WrestleMania XXVIII pay-per-view event and says John Cena has the “advantage” over The Rock in their bout.
WWE writes of the match: “What does a win at The Show of Shows mean for each of these competitors? Does hearing that three-count signify that the winner is the greatest of all time? Where does one go after a loss? For The Rock, it’s back to Hollywood. For John Cena, it’s back to Monday nights, weekend live events and main-eventing yet another pay-per-view. And maybe that’s why Cena has the edge in this fight, because even if he loses at WrestleMania XXVIII, he’s still doing what he’s always wanted to—and no one can take that away from him. Not even The Rock.
Randy Orton recently spoke to CNYKiss.com and mentioned Rock VS Cena. he wants to see John Cena Win at WrestleMania 28 Check out what he said below:
Rock vs. Cena: “Don’t be fooled, this isn’t all show right here. There is some legitimate hatred between these two guys and I think it’s going to make it all the more interesting, because they get in that ring with that many people, 80,000 some odd people, who knows what’s going to happen? Now what’s going to happen when we take the gloves off?”
Who Will Win Rock vs. Cena: “Oh, John Cena. I’d love to see him win 1-2-3 fair and square in the ring, no kind of stipulations last minute, no kind of run-ins at the last minute, no big schmoz going off the air where you see ten Rock Bottoms. I want to see John Cena hit an Attitude Adjustment in the middle of the ring.”
-Also Here's a VIDEO of Randy Orton answering a Question from WWE Inbox.
The Questions was "Who you think is gonna win at WrestleMania The Rock Or John Cena?" That question was asked at the 1:36 mark and Orton says "John Cena"
While John Cena and The Rock continue their verbal sparring, maybe getting lost in the storyline was the push for Cena to capture hatred — to turn against his fans, turn against what he stood for.
The agitators obviously weren't reading his shirt — Rise Above Hate.
"In a verbal sense and an athletic sense, this is a reactive business," said Cena. "It's one of those deals, remember, when Steve Austin was flipping everyone off, doing all of those things considered evil things, he became the ultimate cool guy.
"On the flip side of things, although I can handle business when I need to, I really make conscious choices to do the right thing. There's still a giant portion of the audience associated to the Attitude era that I believe thinks I am a bad guy.
"But I'm not a bad guy. I generate so much hatred just because of the way I act. I look at Tim Tebow as a good example. People couldn't stop saying his name. He's such a standup guy. People don't believe it because it's almost too good to be true. And he generates that hatred.
"I have fun with this business. I love every second of it. I love to be right there in the middle of the hunt. At the end of the day, it's not my job to force people in any direction. I just go out there and see what happens. You can analyze character development all day, but with the current state of affairs, there is no need or rationale for me to deviate from what I'm doing."
Make no mistake about it, Cena is a good guy. He's become a Make-A-Wish icon.
"Families are getting one wish," said Cena. "I often try to put myself in those shoes and I can't do it. There are so many things I want to be a part of, but to have a family or child say: 'I would like to meet John Cena or like to attend a WWE event, that's my one wish.' You cannot not be happy about that."
As one of the faces of WWE, Cena has become a poster boy, an image WWE would be reluctant to crush.
"I don't think it's necessarily important for the kids to look up to me," said Cena. "I think it's important for them to look up to someone. In present day and age, sometimes I am that someone. As long as you're the someone, you need to make conscious decisions about who's watching you. I have very good estimation on our audience, especially the ones that follow me. I try to handle myself accordingly."