John Cena has praised a popular WWE star.
John Cena is a 16-time world champion and was the face of WWE for well over a decade until making the transition into a career in Hollywood.
Near the end of his full-time WWE run, Cena faced the debuting Sami Zayn on the May 4 episode of WWE Raw in 2015. Zayn was one of the top stars in NXT and former NXT Champion during his time on the brand.
Over the past year, Zayn took the next step in his progression, becoming renowned for his character work during his time as “The Honorary Uce” of The Bloodline.
On the latest edition of Whiskey Talk with Andrew Santino, Cena praised Zayn and noted that he somewhat struggled to find a connection with the audience upon his main roster call-up. Bringing up Sami’s recent success and describing how it has been the result of plenty of hard work, Cena stated:
“I gotta give Sami his comeuppance. Here’s a guy who’s been in the business a long time and worked really hard in circuits outside the WWE and made a great name for himself, then got in WWE in the NXT program and made a great name for himself, and then got into WWE and kind of struggled to connect with the audience.”
“Everyone now, because he’s very popular now, thinks it’s like [snaps fingers], alright, it clicked. His character went through a major reconstruction just about three years ago, maybe even a little more than that.”
“It’s taken him three and a half years, and now all that hard work, and I can see it, I can see how hard he works, and I see how he’s invested in connecting with the audience. It’s paid off. Everybody loves him because they know who he is.”
Both John Cena and Sami Zayn will take part in high profile bouts at WrestleMania 39. Cena will challenge Austin Theory for the WWE United States Championship.
Meanwhile, Zayn will team with Kevin Owens to face The Usos for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships. For the full lineup for WrestleMania 39, click here.
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