Flip Gordon has claimed that John Cena motivated him to join the military. Speaking on the latest edition of Sportskeeda Wrestling’s decodedHe spoke briefly about his history.
According to Gordon, he took note of the popular John Cena movie, The marine. He also mentioned how multitime WWE Champion was the biggest promoter of the military at the time.
Gordon also mentioned that his mother thought he would not be drafted into the army.
“So, fun thing, let’s go back to John Cena. Watching WWE, they always did Tribute to the Troops and they always promoted the National Guard, and John Cena, when he went and did The Marine, he was like the biggest promoter of the armed forces. So I would always see the commercials for the National Guard and I would always think, ‘Man, that would be cool.’ But my mom would always say, ‘Oh, you could never be in the military, you have ADHD, you have bipolar, they would never accept you.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, that sucks, okay,'” Flip Gordon said.
Gordon continued his story by telling how his best friend motivated him to join the army and not give up.
“And then a few years later, I’m in college and my best friend, we wrestled together in high school and went to college. He wrestled in college, I became the mascot, but we lived together. We came home together one day and he says, ‘So I enlisted in the National Guard.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ She said, ‘Yeah bro, you should too.’ And I talked to the recruiter, her name at the time was Sergeant Swanson. And since she’s retired, she’s an amazing recruiter by the way, very honest, answered all my questions said Flip Gordon. [27:50-29:07]
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Flip Gordon described his enlistment after being inspired by John Cena
Flip Gordon continued his story of going into the military after being inspired by John Cena.
He mentioned how he began to think more deeply about joining the military after getting cold feet.
“I started thinking about it more and I was like, ‘Man, if I don’t do this, it’s something I’m going to regret for the rest of my life.’ And with the National Guard, I don’t know if you know this, they let you do two weeks during the summer and then every weekend of the month. So I can still go back to college after basic training and AIT. I can still be the mascot, I can still do this, I can still do that, and I was like, ‘Okay, whatever.
“So I enlisted, I ended up getting the same MOS, same ship date. My friend and I went through the same basic training together, went to AIT together and got placed in our first unit,” Gordon added. [29:23-30:08]
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