John Cena has shared some kind words about one WWE Hall Of Famer who helped him through one of the biggest moments in his legendary career.
In 2005, Cena was at the beginning of his road to superstardom, which began at WrestleMania 21 when he face John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield for the WWE Championship. John Cena had become hugely popular with WWE crowds and a coronation on The Grandest Stage Of Them All was just around the corner. Cena defeated JBL as WrestleMania went Hollywood to claim the first of his sixteen world titles.
Speaking at a Florida Supercon Q and A, John Cena explained why he would always be thankful for JBL and the lessons that the WWE Hall Of Famer taught him during his career:
“John was always great about keeping you grounded, and he did a lot for me and I’m forever thankful to him. That’s the one thing I remember from that day, him turning to me deadpan and saying, ‘You are winning!’ And almost like, ‘Get over yourself man, I’m trying to build myself up as the biggest obstacle you can overcome which is why it’s raining money and you’re going to win so that’s going to be enough for this evening so just take that and you’re going to be good.’ I really thank him for not only that lesson but he gave me a bunch of lessons through my career.”
Cena and JBL continued their rivalry throughout the summer of 2005 before Cena was memorably drafted to RAW ending hostilities, at least temporarily. The two men last shared a ring in 2009 with John Cena retaining the World Heavyweight Championship against JBL at the 2009 Royal Rumble.