John Cena Has Been Named An ‘Athlete Gone Good,’ Has Granted Almost 500 Make-A-Wish Wishes

Lately, most of our John Cena coverage has revolved around his broken nose, his “50/50” shot at recovering in time for SummerSlam and the ratings going up while he’s gone. It’s John Cena and we’re The Internet, so it takes a certain tone.

We must occasionally remind ourselves that no matter how we feel about John Cena The Character, John Cena The Man is an outstanding human being. His latest honor is being named one of’s “Athletes Gone Good,” inspired by their annual Celebs Gone Good list. The timing couldn’t be better, either, as on August 21 — two days before SummerSlam — Make-A-Wish and WWE will celebrate him becoming the first celebrity in history to grant 500 wishes.

From the press release:

NEW YORK, NY – August 13, 2015 – This summer, athletes from across the globe went head to head for a new title: “Most Charitable Athlete.” Inspired by its annual Celebs Gone Good list, honoring the most charitable celebrities of the year, announces the winners of its inaugural Athletes Gone Good list.

WWE Superstar John Cena took home second place on the list for granting nearly 500 wishes with Make-A-Wish. Cena is the most requested celebrity Wish granter and holds the record for the most Wishes granted through the organization. He has also supported other organizations including Susan G. Komen to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Through Cena’s leadership and dedication, WWE has raised more than $1.5 million since partnering with Susan G. Komen in 2012.

Also making the list for WWE is Roman Reigns, presumably for saving his daughter from being abducted by a crazed swamp hillbilly. Here’s the complete list:

The 2015 “Top 20 Athletes Gone Good” list:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. John Cena
3. Serena Williams
4. Yuna Kim
5. Neymar Jr.
6. LeBron James
7. Heather O’Reilly
8. Maria Sharapova
9. Mo’ne Davis
10. Richard Sherman
11. Meryl Davis & Charlie White
12. Dan Carter
13. Roman Reigns
14. Ronda Rousey
15. Lindsey Vonn
16. Tom Daley
17. Bethany Hamilton
18. Saina Nehwal
19. Paul Rabil
20. Shahid Afridi

The winners of Athletes Gone Good are selected as a result of a three-part methodology (1) Votes and nominations from the public (2) Athlete’s influence on social media and (3) Advice from the Athletes Gone Good Advisory Committee.

“All over the world, athletes are using their platforms to rally fans around important causes,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at “ is proud to honor these athletes who are using their fame for good.”