For years, Cena was the face of WWE and has gone on to become a 16-time world champion. Charlotte is following in his footsteps as the face of the women's division and a 11-time women's champion.
Speaking to Colin Cowherd on The Herd, Charlotte discussed Cena's influence on her and his SummerSlam match against Roman Reigns.
"This match is bigger than just Cena vs. Roman. It's these two massive superstars and what they mean to our industry. When I first started, I always said I wanted to be the Cena of the company because no one works as hard as John Cena. He has a work ethic second to none. Then you have Roman, the new face of the company, he's been the face for a while, but he's come into his own and is a new character and you're seeing all these layers. He's saying, 'Yes, there are levels to this.' I don't necessarily find myself rooting for Roman or Cena, it's the spectacle of it. It's like SummerSlam has turned into a mini-WrestleMania and seeing these two superstars, and Cena has transcended WWE and Roman just go at it. I'm just here for the ride," she said.
When asked if she knew Cena would be a star the first time she saw him, Charlotte replied, "I don't necessarily remember the first time I saw him wrestle or notice he was a star, but when you see him speak on WWE television, you can't deny his love and passion and respect for this industry and what the fans mean to him. You can't fake that. When he talks, you believe every word he's saying. That, to me, is what drew me to him. He oozes what he's saying. Roman oozes confidence, but when Cena is talking, you eat every word up."
While Roman and Cena will clash for the Universal Title in the main event, Charlotte will challenge for the Raw Women's Championship in a triple threat match against Nikki ASH and Rhea Ripley.
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