John Cena did an interview with Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated where he spoke about a wide range of topics.
While discussing his decision to watch the WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view event in Houston, Texas this past Sunday, Cena talked highly of the show and praised WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.
The match was made up of two stories as the first half of the Men’s Royal Rumble contest was dominated by Lesnar, who entered first. After his elimination, it was a typical Royal Rumble Match.
According to Cena, he thinks “The Beast” is the best in-ring performer that he’s seen. He elaborated on his belief as well.
“And I can say with the utmost sincerity that I believe Brock Lesnar is best in-ring performer that I’ve seen and I know it’s an opinion, and if you want a cool quote, here it is: I think he’s the best in-ring performer of all time. I thought his performance at the Rumble was a clinic on how to establish yourself, how to establish those around you, establish the championship, establish the importance of one event. He did so in less than 30 minutes, and I certainly don’t have the skill set to do that, and it was awesome to be able to see a masterclass man put on a clinic on what to do and how to do it and I was really impressed with the Rumble.”
“I really do think so. I genuinely think he has a good understanding of who he is. I think he’s the best at when he needs to be dominant, he’s the best in situations of jeopardy. He makes people better. He still has a mystique about him that will draw eyeballs to watch him and when he does he never disappoints. I watching from home did not know the result of the Rumble and I thought Brock was gonna run the table and win.”
Cena talked about knowing the first 27 entrants would be boring but once the 28th and 29th entrants got into the ring, he knew he would be on the edge of his seat because he would have to ask the question of what happens to the WrestleMania main event now that the #1 entrant ran the table and is the champion for the first time ever?
Cena pointed out how you could see how uneasy the crowd was with Brock’s dominance and then over the course of time, how it became exciting and riveting. He thought it was must-see because of Lesnar.
“He believes so much in his presence, and he has such a definable presence you can’t ignore him and he never wastes anyone’s time and everything he does is special and everything he does meaningful and it’s not all selfish. He’s one of the most giving performers in the WWE and that is the mark of a true craftsman and a true professional. It was awesome to watch. My jaw dropped when I watched the Rumble.”