Worldwide Make-A-Wish Day on April 29th became a very special occasion in our house when the WWE highlighted the celebration with a special Monday Night Raw episode. John Cena granted the wishes of three little boys to become WWE Superstars for the night. Our boys sat on the end of their seats completely impressed by how happy a small wish can make a sick child.
Wrestlemania XXIX at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.
Tech-Mommy: WWE Wrestlemania Goes Super Interactive
Our boys especially loved Wrestlemania this year because WWE went super interactive with great new Apps, events and game innovations to make the main event extra fun for families. Some of our favorites were:
Getting Ready for Wrestlemania XXIX
Our boys are so excited that this week is Wrestlemania! To prepare, they have recorded the ”coming home song” and to our dismay have played it constantly. So to move on to new music choices and to kick off the celebration, we saw the Rock in GI Joe Retaliation on Saturday night. The movie had some fascinating action scenes but we can’t wait to see what moves the Rock is going to do on the big stage vs. John Cena at Wrestlemania XXIX at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.
Our sons notice that @WWE Superstar John Cena is everywhere. This month he hosted the Saturday Morning CW Vortex, battled during Saturday Slam, directed the holiday card and appeared on Late night with Jimmy Fallon to promote Tribute to the Troops (Dec 22nd on USA network).
Our sons feel that John Cena is their role model because he fights back against bullying (be A STAR), donates to the Make A Wish Foundation and even promotes breast cancer awareness. Both of our sons have had friends whose mothers fought breast cancer so they were very impressed when John Cena helped @WWE to raise over $1MM for the Susan G Komen Foundation.
Our boys glued themselves to the TV when the @WWE Superstar hosted the CW Vortex on December 8th during the 2 hour block dubbed Cena Saturday. The boys enjoyed watching him face-off in the ring against WWE Superstar Heath Slater. Most of all, they really liked getting to know him better through the amazing extra features about his life. Our tween kept watching the below promotion video over and over on Youtube.
Of course, our son’s Christmas list is filled with John Cena items. We bought one gift early—#WWE13, the latest video game which is filled with John Cena. Our tween loves many of the game’s new features and raves about the following improvements:
- The graphics are better
- The cast now includes all the current @WWE Superstars
- The replays after the finishers are a great addition
- The Cell now allows you to climb on top and smash around
- You can create your own signature move
While ideally we all wish our children would not play video games, this type of amusement has become widespread in our culture. So we as parents must insert ourselves into the entertainment by playing with our children and discussing the appropriate levels of violence and behavior. John Cena as a role model provides the perfect opportunity for these types of discussions. We so appreciate the important teaching moments provided by @WWE to stress the importance of helping others and being good citizens especially during the holidays.
All the best to you and yours!
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Earlier this week our son received the above Happy Holidays video card from @WWE. He really enjoyed how John Cena directed and talked about a donation being made to “Save the Children” in honor of WWE fans. As we have mentioned many times before, one of the reasons we enjoy watching the WWE with our children is that viewing the shows together allows for the opportunity to dialogue about important topics. The card created the perfect time to discuss all the wonderful causes the WWE supports that teach our children important life lessons such as always helping those less fortunate.
Recently, our boys loved how Rey Mysterio highlighted WWE’s Tribute to Troops“ during CW’s WWE Saturday Morning Slam. The boys can’t wait to watch this year’s event which will be the 10th anniversary celebration taking place in Norfolk, VA. The program airs on USA on Wednesday, December 19th and on NBC Saturday, December 22nd. Rey’s clip provided the opportunity for a family discussion on how so many men and women work very hard to keep our country safe and free. We emphasized how our military assisted with #Hurricane Sandy recovery on the East Coast and still keeps everyone safe in Afghanistan. Our Troops are making a big sacrifice for America by being away from their families during the holidays. Given all the Military does for us, America must always salute our our brave soldiers. We so appreciate the precious teaching moments provided by the WWE to stress the importance of helping others and promoting good citizenship.
Moreover, we appreciate the royal treatment they give the military: tickets, events, etc… I remember watching the WWE with my brother who is now a former Marine officer. The WWE inspired my brother at a young age that being a warrior no matter what type—- is always an honor.
Join us this Monday to let us know if you agree that WWE’s programs such as Tribute to the Troops help teach our children about good citizenship. We will be chatting at 1pm EST at hash tag #wwemoms. The @WWEmoms will all be there : @lisasamples, @RachelFerrucci, @wrestlingaddict, @SoberJulie, @MommyJenna, @JanetGoingCrazy, and @TheOnlineMom. We will have great conversation and fabulous prizes.
Last April #WWEmoms had a fantastic time at WWE Wrestlemania 2012 in Miami, FL as you can see from our video above. From FAN AXXESS to the Hall of Fame Ceremony to the Main event, WWE staged fantastic family friendly entertainment. Not only, did we enjoy watching the Rock win the big match, but also, we loved watching all the fellow moms enjoy the event with their whole families.
So as you can imagine, we are very excited about Wrestlemania 29 in New Jersesy at MetLife Stadium April 7, 2013. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, November 10th at 10am ET, but the #WWEMoms have a special chance to buy the best seats FIRST! You can buy them on ticketmaster.com today until tomorrow Friday, November 9th at 11:59pm by using the presale password WWEMOMS.
So grab tickets for the whole gang while you can. Attending Wrestlemania will be a family outing that will create life long special memories. WWE’s support of our troops, the Make a Wish Foundation, and the wonderful be A STAR anti-bullying campaign provides a great example for our children to see how important it is to always try to make a difference in the world. We truly appreciate that WWE creates incredible teaching moments for discussion with our boys.
Mark your calendar for the next #WWEMoms twitter party on Monday, November 19th at 1:00pm ET where we will discuss further details of upcoming WWE events. Join us!
Suzanna Keith receives compensation from the WWE for certain promotionalcampaigns. The above opinions are her own.
Last Friday, our ten-year old son dressed up as John Cena in the local elementary school’s story book parade. The teachers asked each child to dress up like a hero from his or her favorite book and carry the book in the school’s annual costume parade. From the photo above, you can see that our son proudly carried ”the Ultimate Guide to WWE”. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, you can tell this book is truly loved from its ragged ear edges. Our Son has read the book from cover to cover millions of times memorizing the fun details about his favorite stars.
Our son named John Cena his hero because of Cena’s great work to stomp out bullying and help us all get along. Very committed to the WWE Be-A-Star anti-bullying campaign, Cena is not just a voice for the cause, he also says he was a victim. According the former WWE Heavyweight champion, he was bullied as a child because he wore hip-hop clothing and played rap music in a town where it wasn’t popular. He started lifting weights to protect himself.
The topic of bullying is very relevant during Halloween because many use masks as an opportunity to make fun of others. This holiday is the perfect time to discuss with our children appropriate behavior and how to handle bullying. Bullying behavior can be in person or on the internet. Halloween masks also remind us of cyber bullying because many people use social media to disguise themselves and say things that hurt others. Our children must be armed with the tools to handle both in person and cyber attacks.
John Cena also speaks out strongly against cyber bullying. “The introduction of social media pretty much gives everyone a voice, but unfortunately, people choose to use that voice in a negative way,” Cena said in a recent CBS news article (cited below). There’s a lot of negative stuff out there and some of it is personal,” he said. “When you’re a kid that feels that everything is coming down on you, you can look and see that this truly does happen to everybody.” We talked to our children about John Cena’s bullying experiences and it gave them confidence and courage. Now, we have great appreciation for the WWE and its be A Star Campaign.
Join the #WWEmoms on Tuesday, October 29th at 9pm EST for a Twitter chat and let us know your thoughts on the be a Star Campaign and WWE’s PG family friendly entrainment. In addition, check out the WWE’s support of Breast Cancer this month. Can’t wait for RAW! Who is your family rooting for?
Suzanna Keith receives compensation from the WWE for certain promotional campaigns. The above opinions are her own.
October has become very special not only because we have tons of family birthdays and anniversaries but also because it the month that our communities all work very hard to raise money for breast cancer research. Our ten-year old son was surfing his favorite WWE site and called out to our family how the WWE raised over $1mm for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. One of his best friends’ mother recently recovered from breast cancer so this is a cause very near and dear to his heart. Our family was truly touched by yet another WWE program focused on helping families while teaching our children about the importance of helping others.
No one’s life is untouched by breast cancer. Listening to the beautiful video by WWE Diva Layla (click here) breaks your heart. As a teen, I remember hearing that being diagnosed with breast cancer was a sure death sentence. Now, we have come a long way baby — with cancer research. Most of our friends have been lucky and are now “cancer-free” but they all faced very tough battles.
Our son’s favorite WWE star John Cena is the main spokesman for the campaign. Special edition Cenation merchandise is available donating 30% of every sale to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Our family can’t wait to proudly wear their t-shirts. Thanks to WWE for making a difference!
Suzanna Keith receives compensation from the WWE for certain promotional campaigns. The above opinions are her own.
As mentioned in earlier blogs, one of the reasons we enjoy watching the WWE with our children is that viewing the shows together allows for the opportunity to dialogue about important topics. One of the big lessons from Wrestlemania when John Cena lost (and even his recent adventures) was good sportsmanship or the importance of being a good loser. Realistically in life we lose more than we win and that is what makes winning so special. However, we have to keep on going back into the ring with our hearts filled with hope for the chance to win the big prize. Last year, our oldest son was cut from the basketball team and the baseball team try-outs. We had fun talking about John Cena’s and Seamus’s experiences of losing and making apologizes in the ring. Afterwards, our son jumped back in and made the middle school baseball team. We love how discussing the WWE provides these important life lessons and actually makes us seem kind of cool as well.
The WWE also exhibits a tremendous amount of compassion with its super stars willingness to help others such as the be a STAR program, the WWE Literacy program and the royal treatment they give the military. I remember watching the WWE with my brother who is now a former Marine officer. He really appreciates the work of the WWE and we even discussed it when he told me about his latest venture: he and several other marines spend their weekends sawing trees to help with Torando cleanup in Huntsville, AL. The WWE inspired my brother at a young age that being a warrior no matter what type—- is always an honor.
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