It’s a rare spectacle to see a motivating speech as the outcome in the world wrestling entertainment, however, John Cena, who is often known for his ‘never give up’ persona as the man who fights until his last breath, delivered a pretty epic one. He encouraged the younger audience to endure failure and get right back up with any setbacks.
I wanted to apologize to anybody that I might have let down last night.
This is… this is kind of hard to understand, but sometimes you can try so hard at something.
Sometimes you can be so prepared, and still fail. And every time you fail, it’s painful, it causes sadness, and especially as I saw last night, it causes disappointment.
I’ve often said a man’s character is not judged after he celebrates a victory, but by what he does when his back is against the wall. So no matter how great the setback, how severe the failure, you never give up.
You never give up, you pick yourself up, you brush yourself off, you get up and move on and overcome and that is what I believe!
So… there are those who were so offended by my actions last night that they might have lost faith in me.
I absolutely respect your decision to do so. But I’m not talking to them… I’m talking to those people who still believe!
Tonight, I speak to those who still proudly stand in my corner! You have not given up on me, and I will NOT give up on you!”
– John Cena.