After a stuttering start to life in WWE John Cena came to dominate the sports entertainment giant for over a decade.
During his full-time run, the star headlined multiple WrestleManias, won a record-equalling 16 World Championships, as well as winning every other major honour that the company has to offer.
However, while this glittering run has seen him pick up a serious number of accolades, it hasn’t come without criticism. For years there have been accusations that Cena held down other Superstars, even if this was unintentional. It was often said that few stars came out of a feud with Cena better than they went in, with fans pointing to rivalries with Rusev, Umaga, and Bray Wyatt among others.
In a new appearance on Busted Open Radio, Cena fired back at his critics while praising Roman Reigns for his ability to elevate his fellow Superstars.
“I love that Roman did it his way. He did it his own way by crafting his own personality. He did it as a way by redefining what it is to be at the tip of the spear. He is there selectively. He has made himself exclusive and in doing so, he’s brought like eight people with him. He’s allowed the whole Bloodline to get over.
So with me, if you put me in that conversation, I could only help the person that I was working with while I was working with him. The reputation I had in the sauce while I was in it was that I buried talent because I would really invest my wholeheartedness. I sat with Austin Theory for like 10 hours. Not wasted a day, invested a day, to talk about our why, like, what’s our story going to be? I would do that with everyone. I live it. My heart is on the plate. But after they were with me, they didn’t take that energy with them, but I gave it to the next guy. So okay, who’s next?
It was AJ and now it’s Kevin Owens. Alright, ‘Kevin, come here. We’re gonna sit down for two weeks and just talk about stuff. Then we’re gonna go out there and try some crazy stuff, see what works, and then put our best foot forward.’ Kevin’s done, Sami, no problem. What Roman does, just being affiliated with his energy, he gets so many people over.”
Cena went on to admit that he was unable to elevate stars in the same way as Reigns while dismissing the idea that wins and loss matter.
“That’s something I could never do, ever, period. Like, you’re with me and you got a chance when you’re there, but a lot of times you went off to do stuff that wasn’t looked at in the same way, and then the perception of the audience is, ‘Oh my god, he buried him.’ Winning and losing doesn’t matter. I haven’t won a match in five years. It doesn’t matter.
Roman’s ability to be that good, to spread his energy so thin that he makes other talents, and do it exclusive. That’s the difference between Ric. Ric was always the centerpiece. Roman has off days. but he’s still there, like, his presence is so great. I think that’s never been done. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
John Cena Discusses WWE Future
During the same interview, John Cena discussed his current role with WWE and what lies ahead. The legend made his most recent appearance at WrestleMania 39 when he lost out to Austin Theory, another star some claimed he “buried” in the build-up.
However, Cena admitted that his body can no longer deal with the rigours of a full-time wrestling schedule, adding that what he did at WrestleMania was everything he’s got left in the tank.
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