John Cena

Tony Maglio of TheWrap.com is featuring an interview with WWE star John Cena promoting the return of his “American Grit” series on FOX.

During the interview, Cena’s recent storyline with The Miz and Maryse (along with Nikki Bella) that culminated at WrestleMania 33 was brought up and why he was willing to do whatever to make the storyline work.

“If you look at my existence in WWE, I have never asked anyone and will never ask anyone to pull any punches. I believe that it’s a ‘Strong Survive’ environment, and accept nothing less. I think people forget my [history] in WWE sometimes and the fact that I truly had to earn every inch. There is this overwhelming perception that I am protected and coddled — that couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Cena also addressed being accused of “burying younger talent” in WWE.

“This is why I have the reputation of quote-unquote “burying younger talent,” because I will let them do whatever they want with me — and then after they get done, they’re not as motivated. So, it’s not that I sink their ship, it’s that they fail to operate at an elite level. And I’m on to the next person, [to] whom I say, “Hey man, bring your best punch and I’m gonna punch back” — and they don’t take that attitude beyond me.”

17 COMMENTS

  1. ppl who hate Cena really dont get wrestling..go watch his match with HBK…i urge you…he can wrestle with the best of them any day..its not his fault its PG scripted for kids…i wish he had been part of the attitude era

  2. Cena is keeping it 100 here. Everyone is blinded with the fact that he is apparently the company’s puppet that they forget how he put over KO in his debut match, how he put over D Bryan, how he delivered match after match with the US Open Challenge, how he put over Rollins at Summerslam and then a returning Del Rio, how he lost twice to AJ Styles to elevate his status. As much as JBL likes to exaggerate things, he is correct in that no superstar has maintained that kind of elite status for as long as Cena has and he deserves our respect for it.

  3. People are jealous. Every top star has had similar criticisms. Wrestling is political, no doubt but as Booker T used to say, don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  4. -Owens lost the next 2 matches, the last one by tapping out.
    -Cena had a tennis ball in his elbow and required surgery following his match with Bryan
    -He just beat AJ for the belt at the Royal Rumble
    -He beat Rollins on back to back nights, making him tap out when Rollins was World champion
    -He got his payback win against Del rio down the line

    Cena puts no one over because he always gets his victory back.

  5. It’s weird to see the people defending Cena conveniently forget how he buried The Nexus at SummerSlam by changing the finish of the match making it that he got over instead of the planned ending where The Nexus got over. Edge and Jericho tried to stop him from going through with it because it made no sense, but relented when they saw they just couldn’t make him see reason. If you don’t believe me, you can hear it come straight from Jericho and Edge themselves. That’s not being jealous or hating the player, that is fact. Cena has to be just as bad as Hogan in failing to acknowledge how much he has buried people instead choosing to blame them because they deserved it since they could not hang at his elite level.

  6. Agreed. The telling signs are how few times he actually puts over people cleanly and when someone does get over clean, he always collects in spades.

  7. His wrestling ability has nothing to do with burying people. Hogan was one of the biggest stars of the 80’s and 90’s, wrestle many legendary matches and practically buried every single one of his opponents even when they got over clean on him. Cena is no different. Also, you assertion that wrestlers today aren’t as good as the ones from the attitude era is ridiculous. Kenny Omega is practically a Match of the Year factory… but I guess he’s not anything because he’s not from the attitude era.

  8. True. But I guess Zach’s point is that he puts them over to begin with, regardless of whether he gets his win back or not

  9. John Cena’s the most overpushed guy in the company. Not even HHH was as pushed as John Cena and he married the boss’s daughter and buried a few wrestlers himself.

  10. Maintaining radio silence, keeping an eye out, commenting when necessary and binging the hell out of New Japan on AXS lol.

  11. That New Japan stuff on AXS TV is great isn’t it? =D Love J.R. & Barnett on commentary. Don’t miss Renallo at all.

  12. Indeed! Barnett and J.R. have to be my favorite commentary team that are together currently. They work so well together that I actually look forward to watching things I’ve already watched in Japanese just to hear them 😀 Agreed with Ranallo. Watched the old episodes with Ranallo and I was like “doesn’t feel right” heh.

  13. You know Cena’s bad when you look at the notorious Shovel Man and say “You know… he’s not so bad!”

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