As reported earlier…WWE superstar John Cena was the latest guest on the After The Bell podcast with host Corey Graves. The former 16-time champion discussed the future of the WWE, claiming that they’ve never had more potential for a breakout star than right now. He also explains that breaking through to the next level is difficult because the fan-base has become trained in rejecting who the company wishes to push.
It needs what I’m not sure it can produce,” Cena stated. “It needs a front man or woman and that’s what will be able to define what the era is. Because it takes on those personality traits of its top star. I’ve said it before. I don’t know if, all things considered – the crowd is so mixed – that if the company puts its faith behind an individual, the knee jerk reaction of the audience (even if they liked the guy last week) is to say ‘F*ck you. You’re not gonna tell me who I like.’ So the audience is also tipping the scales of this not being able to happen. Universal popularity will never happen because someone will see it and get on to it. And be like, ‘He seems to be getting popular. Let’s stop this right now,’ or ‘She seems to be getting popular, let’s change this right now.’
Cena later names guys like Roman Reigns, The New Day, and Braun Strowman as potential candidates.
I think the business is reaching farther than ever, it continues to reach farther than ever. A segmented group of performers – Roman, Braun, Sheamus, New Day, The SmackDown roster, the Raw roster, the NXT roster – you don’t have one person you go to see. If you go to an NXT show, you go to see eight or nine people. You go to a Raw, you go to a SmackDown, you go to see eight or nine people. I don’t think there’s ever been more potential under one roof than right now.
Check out the full interview below. (H/T and transcribed by Pro Wrestling Sheet)