Jim Cornette has discussed one iconic WWE Superstar that he says in an alternate universe could have been a robe-wearing villain just like Ric Flair.
It has been a month of celebration in WWE as they look back on the 20-year career of WWE icon, John Cena. Cena made his return to WWE television on the 27th of June edition of Raw as he reflected on two decades of hustle, loyalty, and respect, and made clear that his days in the ring aren’t over yet.
Speaking on the Jim Cornette Experience, the legendary wrestling manager gave his thoughts on the potential John Cena had as one of wrestling’s great heels, likening Cena to WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair:
“[John Cena] was a heel as The Prototype. He came into Ohio Valley Wrestling as a heel. He was a heel when he first got in the business. He’d had a handful of matches in California, I guess for he came out here, but because he was a heel because he had the great body and he was well spoken and cocky. And I thought honestly, this guy could be the next Ric Flair.”
“He’s got the physique, the voice, and the promo ability. He’s a quick learner, he’s, I mean, the only way he wouldn’t have been like Flair is in the personal bad habit category, because John was also I mean, I’m not saying he’s never drunk a beer, but you didn’t have to worry John was going to have any bad out of the ring habits that were either going to affect his work or cause newspaper headlines.”
“[…] 20 years later, he’s still wearing the shorts. But in an alternate universe, John Cena would have been a cocky robe-wearing long type wearing, bumping, incredible promo heel, that you pushed to the top and fed him baby faces because he would be there like a Ray Stevens in California, in my opinion. That’s how good he was at that stage of the game.”
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