John Cena has explained why WrestleMania 34 was one of his favourite experiences in the wrestling business as he spent most of his night sitting in the crowd, hanging out with fans.
WrestleMania 34 in 2018 was notable for a few reasons, not least the fact that John Cena and The Undertaker did not actually have an advertised match scheduled before the event.
Cena had spent weeks goading The Undertaker into a dream match on The Grandest Stage Of Them All but The Undertaker failed to respond to the sixteen-time champion of the world. With no match apparently forthcoming, Cena spent much of his night as part of the WWE audience at the show – that was until the Deadman arrived.
Speaking to SmackDown announcer Pat McAfee on The Pat McAfee Show, John Cena explained why that night sitting amongst the fans ranks up there as one of his favourite experiences ever:
“When we tune into sporting events, why are we on the edge of our seats? Because the audience is going crazy, there is tension in the air that’s palpable and you can feel it. So I just always wanted the arena to be rocking.”
“And everyone expects and shows up with high energy and for me to go out there apathetic or wanting to be somewhere else isn’t fair to all those fans. Hell, I’ve been a fan. I was crushing beers before I got whacked down by The Undertaker. So I’ve been a fan. That was one of my favorite experiences of all time.”
“I remember when they were like, ‘yeah, we want to put you out there from like, 8:06 to 8:17’ and I was like, ‘no. I’m going when doors open.’ I went out at 3:00. And I watched like three hours of WrestleMania. And they were like, ‘you’re going to get mobbed,’ and I was like ‘I’m going to get mobbed only for as long as it takes to meet everybody.’ And I literally met like three sections of people, and then everybody chilled.”
“I made great friends with some people who traveled from Australia, people who traveled across the U.S., buying each other beers, literally, I crushed like three tall drafts before they told me Undertaker was there and I had to hop the barricade and go wrestle The Undertaker. That was a great experience for me because I got to be something I admire and something that I am. I got to be a fan, I got to watch it from the seats.”
Cena might well have wished that The Undertaker never showed up as the resident Phenom of WWE dispatched Cena in less than three minutes.