WWE mainstay and Hollywood star John Cena recently spoke at a convention, saying the only reason his WWE debut in an open challenge against Kurt Angle even occurred was that WWE had no one else to turn to.
Cena has previously discussed how he was close to getting cut by WWE for essentially lacking a character prior to the creation of his Doctor of Thuganomics persona,
In a video from Florida Supercon 2021, Cena said:
“It’s surreal and it all happened so fast (match with Kurt Angle and shaking hands with The Undertaker). It wasn’t even supposed to happen. I was thrown in there last minute because they had no other options.”
“That’s like the story of my life by the way. I was just — all my opportunities came when either James Gunn was sick or nobody showed up to wrestle or they didn’t have anybody else to bet on. I’ve never been — even for Peacemaker, I know James had Batista in mind for it. That’s okay. I think yet another lesson here is don’t ever be ashamed with how opportunity finds you. Be ready and knock it out of the park.”
“So it was all surreal, it was all like a blur but I remember I was ready to wrestle Kurt and he brought, technically the best out of me and forced me — he tried to run me ragged but I hung in there with him and yes, they filmed backstage moments of other superstars shaking hands there because it was genuine. Everybody was like, ‘Yo, good job’ because when you see a new guy in the locker room, the jury is still out and it worked. So even Kurt himself came up and thanked me and everybody was great and after that I sucked but for that one moment… but it was all such a (whirlwind). It was crazy.”
Transcription courtesy of Inside The Ropes