When you think of WWE, one of the first superstars that springs to mind is none other than John Cena. The 16-time World Champion has been loyal to Vince McMahon and has never wrestled for any other promotion since joining WWE developmental in 2000. He remained a regular fixture on WWE TV until turning his attention to Hollywood fairly recently, but still makes the odd appearance as he did at WrestleMania 35, attacking Elias.
This makes it even more strange to hear John Cena publically comment on All Elite Wrestling as he did in an interview with Chris Van Vliet. Cena has said that AEW, just like Impact, ROH, NJPW and other independent promotions actually help WWE as they provide competition:
“I think competition is great because it forces you to step up or step aside and I think that is fantastic. We have internal competition of performers trying to be the best in our umbrella and that is wonderful because you sink or swim on your own investment. I think external competition is great because once again that will force us to step up or step aside and you can say what you want about them being competition or not competition, I view any form of digestible entertainment as competition because your eyes can go elsewhere. So that’s how I view that. Competition also stands for the state of the wrestling economy and it’s really good right now. There are a lot of people overseas and smaller promotions are getting larger and more traction which means you are consuming more sport entertainment and/or wrestling which is great for everything.”
Whilst John Cena might be WWE through-and-through, he has been busy with his movie career and it was reported last week that he was in talks to star in a top Hollywood film. This makes it very unlikely that we will see “big match John” returning to WWE as a full-time competitor any time soon.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.
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