john cena

Stone Cold Steve Austin was created because he was fired from WCW and developed the attitude to become one of the greatest WWE Superstars in history. Just try to imagine what wrestling would look like without Stone Cold. Now, imagine WWE without John Cena over the past fifteen years because it almost happened.

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During the most recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that John Cena was called up to the main roster too soon back in 2002. Apparently, it almost cost him his career because WWE was close to letting him go, but Stephanie McMahon changed their minds. You can read the full story below:

“[John Cena] worked OVW for a while which is where he really learned his craft. He was called up too soon, which everyone knew, and there’s political reasons why that happened, and it nearly cost him his career. If it wasn’t for Stephanie McMahon taking a liking to him after they’d just about decided to let him go, he could’ve been gone.”

“Imagine that. Imagine this business in the last 11 years with John Cena as the top guy and John being out of the picture. Obviously, they would’ve gone with Batista as the top guy, and Batista wouldn’t have been as good in that situation as John Cena, and he wasn’t as versatile as John Cena. He would’ve been okay, and it’s not like the business would’ve collapsed, but it would’ve been a lot worse off.”