John Cena voices his opinion about the ways of the land in WWE.
It has been nearly three years since John Cena has been a full-time in-ring performer for WWE. Cena has made appearances throughout the years and came back for championship feuds or to work a program leading up to a pay-per-view with the most recent being his stretch from the Christmas holiday to the lead up of the 2019 Royal Rumble pay-per-view and Cena also made a surprise appearance at WrestleMania 35 to do a segment with Elias.
Cena has been in a plethora of positions in WWE from the bottom of the card to the face of the company. He expressed during a Q&A at BookCon that the audience who tunes into WWE has changed which tones down the idea that one star can lead the company. Cena said that he was the last example of that and now there can be ten different wrestlers leading the charge in WWE.
“I think the dynamic of the program is changing. For the longest time, I think, if you consider WWE a band, there’s been one front person of the band. I think that dynamic is changing and it’s because the audience is too diverse. I think older males are watching it, younger kids are watching it, females are watching it. The audience is so diverse so with a diverse audience, it’s tough to universally please someone." He continued, "In the 80s you had a family-oriented program and Hulk Hogan was the front man. In the 90s, you had 18-35 year old males, in comes Steve Austin and Dwayne Johnson because they hit right down that wheelhouse, and then there was me, but even myself as you know, went through a polarizing stage where half the audience likes you and half the audience doesn’t so I don’t think there’s a universal figure that will lead the company forward. I think as the company grows and especially expands globally, you’re gonna have a super-friends of the WWE which is like, people who are essentially fighting for equal share of popularity. I think the band essentially will have ten lead singers of every different race, creed, color, sex, ethnicity. So, I believe that I was kind of the last of that, and I think the landscape has changed so much that’s more of group effort rather than a individual effort.” He said.
As mentioned, John Cena last appeared on WWE programming at WrestleMania 35 and to check out Fightful's review of the "Show Of Shows", click here.
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