John Cena spent years doing interviews for WWE to improve the company’s public image. He always had a kind word to say about his employer and backed up his positive image as a role model by being famous for granting more Make-A-Wish Foundation wishes than any other person alive.
But there was once a time when Cena wanted to square off against one of the most controversial politicians in modern times.
John Cena Wanted To Wrestle WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump
Some time ago, Cena was interviewed on Larry King Live and King asked the typical wrestling-related questions. Attempting to bring the real world into the cloistered world of pro-wrestling, King asked him which presidential candidate he would’ve wanted to wrestle the most.
“WWE Hall of Famer Donald Trump.”
King appeared to be less stunned by John Cena’s answer and more surprised by the fact that Trump was and is a WWE Hall of Famer.
Cena explained that Trump became a Hall of Famer by “shaving Vince McMahon bald”, though he didn’t mention the fact that some early WrestleManias were hosted at Trump-owned venues and that Trump had long been a personal friend of Vince McMahon’s.
And it was that personal friendship between the two that led to the Battle of the Billionaires at WrestleMania 23. Trump backed Bobby Lashley and Vince McMahon backed Umaga, and the losing billionaire had to have his head shaved right then and there.
Lashley beat Umaga and so Vince McMahon was shaved bald by Trump, plus some help from Lashley and the match’s referee Stone Cold Steve Austin.
That match at WrestleMania 23 was the only time that Donald Trump actually got physically involved in a wrestling match in any way. While Lashley and Umaga battled in the ring, Trump tackled Vince and had a brief scuffle with him ringside.
That was back in 2007. Now, Donald Trump is 76 years old and is more focused on his uncertain political future than entertaining theoretical pro-wrestling matches.