U Can’t C The Tigers, their time is now? So sayeth the voters in a CFB Huddle Twitter poll predicting tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Clemson won, in the process beating two opponents with lofty, championship credentials: Alabama, and John Cena.
John Cena won’t play for a championship tonight in Tampa. He’ll have to wait for the Royal Rumble on Jan. 28 to get his title opportunity.
However, the longtime face of professional beat Alabama. Cena garnered 34% percent of the vote — not enough to surpass reader favorite Clemson, but 13% more than the defending champion Crimson Tide.
If there’s anyone who knows championships, it’s Cena. He is a 15-time WWE champion, bringing him just one title reign shy of the most-decorated grappler in history, former Minnesota Golden Gopher Ric Flair.
With 15 championship reigns, Cena matches Alabama’s claimed titles. Some note the dubiousness of those 15 championships, but you can this much for the Crimson Tide: None were claimed against The Miz and John Morrison, Cena’s opponents when he won his 11th championship (in Tampa!).
Cena has further ties to Alabama football. The wrestling star poked fun at the Crimson Tide in a Saturday Night Live sketch last month.
Don’t take Cena’s riff on the Tide as a slight on college football as a whole, though. Cena’s himself a former college player, playing at Div. III Springfield (Mass.) College before getting into the ring.
Cena was a 1998 All-American offensive lineman for the Pride, and a 1997 All-ECAC New England/Northeast Division All-Star. He recently paid Springfield the team a visit, sporting his No. 54 and presumably giving a lesson in the principles of Hustle, Loyalty and Respect.
Should Clemson dethrone Nick Saban and the mighty Crimson Tide — a feat as Herculean as John Cena slamming the Big Show at Wrestlemania XX — it would only be right of the Tiger marching band to perform a halftime show in his honor.
Hey, the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band did it.