John Cena spoke to The Wrap to promote the season premiere of FOX’s “American Grit” reality show. Cena, who hosts the show and is credited as an executive producer, also talked about the back and forth promos he had with The Miz during the buildup to WrestleMania 33. There was a lot of real life incorporated into those promos but Cena is ok with that. He said, “If you look at my existence in WWE, I have never asked anyone and will never ask anyone to pull any punches. I believe that it’s a ‘Strong Survive’ environment, and accept nothing less. I think people forget my [history] in WWE sometimes and the fact that I truly had to earn every inch. There is this overwhelming perception that I am protected and coddled — that couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
He noted that he likes to give free range to all of his opponents to throw their best punch because he knows that he will get to punch back. In regards to people being able to speak from the heart, he said that “sometimes that’s something missing in some of the WWE storylines … being honest and brave enough to put everything out there on the table.
Cena addressed the stories of him allegedly burying younger talent. He continued, “This is why I have the reputation of quote-unquote “burying younger talent,” because I will let them do whatever they want with me — and then after they get done, they’re not as motivated. So, it’s not that I sink their ship, it’s that they fail to operate at an elite level. And I’m on to the next person, [to] whom I say, “Hey man, bring your best punch and I’m gonna punch back” — and they don’t take that attitude beyond me.”
The stories on Cena burying talent are out there. There have been hints put out by different people regarding Alex Riley’s departure from the company. Supposedly, his push was stalled because of issues with Cena and Ryback told some stories about Cena burying people on one of his podcasts. There was one story told about Cena allegedly killing off the Nexus faction.
The Wrap will be publishing more from their interview with Cena, including details on what you can expect on the upcoming season of “American Grit.” For more, click here.