John Cena spoke to Virginia's HamptonRoads.com this week to promote WWE’s upcoming Tribute to the Troops special.
On why pro wrestling and patriotism seem to go so well together so often:
"You know what, I don't know. At the root of the good-vs.-evil story is what America is all about."
On what it's like meeting the members of the military:
"It's kind of backwards. Every one of them wants to thank us, but we're there to thank them. It's a mutual respect."
On how pro wrestling kept him out of the military:
"I was literally about to join the Marine Corps (Officer Candidate School) when a buddy asked me if I wanted to be a wrestler. I thought I would literally last two weeks in there and the Marines would always be there."
On Krispy Kreme, an awkward rapper and YouTube sensation who recently posted a Christmas song asking for a John Cena action figure and pajamas:
"He's always wearing my stuff. The Christmas rap is great. He does a lot of unorthodox stuff."
On what it's like performing in an arena full of military folk:
"The energy is crazy. They like to get excited. We encourage them to take a night off and come to the event and be exactly the fans that they want to be."
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