John Cena Sr., father of the 16-time WWE World Champion, has given his thoughts on the main event of WrestleMania 37 night one, which saw Bianca Belair take on Sasha Banks for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
At the beginning of the historic match, the two women became visibly emotional as they faced off. The Tampa Bay crowd showered both competitors with cheers and respect as they witnessed the first time two black competitors faced each other in a WrestleMania main event.
Speaking on ‘Boston Wrestling MWF’, the elder Cena gave his opinion of the bout, saying he thought there were “a few highlights” but that it lacked “lustre”. He went on to say he doesn’t believe the two Superstars showing their emotions at the start of the match “helped put any more polish on the show”.
“I thought there were a few highlights in that match, but I will say this to you. As a guy, and you know I’m an advocate of women’s professional wrestling, I backed them before they even started this [Women’s Evolution]. I think it lacked a lot of lustre and I don’t think the opening [crying] helped put any more polish on the show.”
Cena Sr. explained that he thinks the moment was scripted and that the crying was the idea of WWE’s writers.
“I’m going right back to where the fault belongs: W-R-I-T-E-R-S. Who wrote that session for those young ladies to come in and start crying? Somebody had to write it. No, I don’t believe that [that the crying was real]. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes [Banks and Belair were instructed to cry].”
Bianca Belair recently reflected on the moment, saying that it was one of her favourite parts of the match as the two knew they creating history.
“We were creating history and we wanted that image to be in the world. Just standing there, that was honestly one of my favorite parts of the match. Just taking my time and soaking it all in.”
Belair went on to win the match after hitting the Kiss of Death on Banks to become the WWE SmackDown Women’s for the first time in her career.
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