Elias has transformed his character on WWE television since he made his main roster debut after having a run in WWE’s developmental brand, NXT. Although he was pushed as a heel at first, he has turned into a favorite with the fans due to his weekly singing segments.
The WWE star recently spoke with Commercial Appeal for an in-character interview where he spoke about a wide range of topics including his interactions with former WWE Champion John Cena. They have clashed a few times under the WWE banner.
“John Cena has been a thorn in my side almost my entire career. It seems like every big event, whatever it may be, he seems to pop up and make life tough for Elias. It probably comes down to jealousy. There are a lot of similarities in our careers: the music, the crowd (reactions), things like that. But the difference is our mentalities. He’s got the ‘never give up’ mentality. It’s a very self-involved mentality. Whereas, I’m saying, ‘Walk with Elias. I’ll take care of you.’ It’s just clashing philosophies.”
Cena and Elias last shared a ring when Cena and Lashley beat Elias and Kevin Owens at the WWE Super Show-Down event.