Boobirds get Cena fired up
TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
John Cena has heard the boos. But boos or cheers, he really doesn't care.
"It's great," says WWE champion Cena, who will face Triple H in the main event of next Sunday's Wrestlemania in Chicago. "It's better than hearing nothing. From the moment I got to express my personality, I've never cared about what anybody thinks.
"If they want to tell me to go to hell ... if that doesn't fire me up, nothing will.
"But I still want to work hard for those kids who say, 'Yo, that's my guy.' I'm just being me."
Don't get him wrong, Cena likes his current role.
"I was raised on the concept of hustle and hard work," he says. "And if people attach themselves to that, that's great. I am what I am, straight up.
"Triple H is quote, unquote a heel. He's himself. There are points when he speaks where you laugh and like him. But when he's in the ring, you don't like him."
Cena, who won the WWE back from Edge earlier this year, has enjoyed the rivalry.
"I don't think you've seen the last of Cena vs. Edge," he says. "Something must have bitten him in the ass in 2006 because he's really stepped up his game."
Cena is looking forward to facing Triple H.
"This is the biggest match of my career," says Cena, who in his first Wrestlemania appearance faced The Big Show at Wrestlemania 20. It's a lot harder to be champion and defend. Wrestlemania is usually not a good outcome for champions. Those who walk in (as champs), often don't walk out (as champs)."
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