John Cena disappeared from television, literally, at WrestleMania 36 at the end of his Firefly Fun House match against Bray Wyatt.
The Firefly Fun House match was a trip down memory lane with Cena facing some of his biggest fears in the cinematic contest. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Cena commented on the open-ended nature of the bout.
“It left a lot of questions,” said Cena. “It wasn’t just single-serving, it is something you can go back and watch and enjoy. Those are some of the best efforts. Bray is obviously doing a great job, Seth Rollins has done an unbelievable job of adapting to a crowdless environment."
When asked to give advice to those working without a crowd at the Performance Center, Cena said, "The key is knowing your audience. I worked a lot with the live audience, many times against the wishes of what a lot of people told me. I believe if the live audience is having a good time at a live event, then you as a viewer at home are having a good time. There were numerous times when, against many people’s wishes, I would involve a live audience and make sure they knew, 1.) I was listening, even if it wasn’t flattering to me, 2.) I understood, and 3.) I tried to incorporate. Now with an element that does not have a live audience, as a performer, you have to focus on what’s in front of you."
He continued “It’s almost like movie-making. The biggest difficulty for me is not playing to the people in section 312. There are no people anymore. If there is ever a time to commit to story, this is it. A lot of times when there’s an audience, you really can lean on your ability to produce action. You cannot do that now. The viewer at home no longer gets caught up in the energy of the live crowd. It’s literally asking someone to unlearn what they’ve learned, and that’s a bold risk. And a lot of people are not comfortable taking those risks. But I think the more people embrace story, even when there is none—and that doesn’t mean, ‘Well, the creative team didn’t provide a story, that means there is no story.’ No, I’m living proof that is not the case. You just have to use your imagination. In this realm, imagination is king. Action will not drive the product forward. It has to be imaginative, and it has to be well-presented.”
Cena has not been seen on WWE TV since WrestleMania 36 where he may or may not have died in the Firefly Fun House match against Bray Wyatt.
In another recent interview, Cena commented on Raw Underground. You can find his comments by clicking here.
His animated series "Dallas and Robo" premiered on SyFy on August 8.