John Cena is a sixteen time WWE World Champion, and he’s accomplished just about everything there is to accomplish in the world of professional wrestling. Cena has had a long run at the top, but his run as the face of the WWE hasn’t always been peaceful.
Throughout his run as the face of the company fans have accused John Cena of burying up and coming talent. Cena finally addressed the accusations during an interview with The Wrap, and he explained why he feels he has that negative reputation.
“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.”
The former WWE World Champion then used his recent feud with The Miz and Maryse as an example of how hard work can turn a weak angle into must see television.
“I take that approach to everyone. The Miz story couldn’t be a better example of that, because when that story started … no one wanted to see that match. No one. I made it a point to have everyone work as hard as they could to change everyone’s mind. And now here you are, months after the fact, saying that was one of the most entertaining things done on television. That just goes to show you that it’s all just about how much you’re willing to invest and how strongly you believe in what you want to do.”
Fans haven’t seen John Cena since WrestleMania 33, but he’ll be returning to WWE SmackDown Live on Tuesday July 4th.
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