John Cena is a household name in the world of professional wrestling and truly carried WWE on his back for so long. He is now a bona fide Hollywood star as well. Cena also opened up about his early days in WWE.

The Leader of Cenation was not always interested in becoming a professional wrestler and certainly had a long journey ahead of him before he could realize his potential as a professional wrestler.

When Cena started his career in WWE back in 2002, his character was viewed as a very uninspiring babyface with no personality. While speaking on a series called “WWE Playback,” Cena criticized how he behaved during a backstage segment with The Undertaker. Cena stated that he feels he was submissive and passive early on in WWE.

It’s not a shame ’cause it was a good learning experience, and the story turned out okay. But especially now, after I see the match and I see the audience with where they lose interest, you have to slow down, you have to tell a story and just doing what I was told in performances like that almost got me fired. I could see why ’cause you look at the audience, nobody cares.

“I guess looking back at it, I’m grateful for the moment, I’m grateful I debuted in such a historic arena with such an amazing performer [in Angle], but I’m also grateful it didn’t go well cause it taught me, especially when ‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ character was introduced, I was neither ruthless nor aggressive. I was quite submissive, and passive, and acted like a fan, and I was. That’s okay, but you can’t do that there.

You have to stand out. You have to have a personality where somebody can attach to, and everybody would have done the exact same thing in my interaction with the Undertaker, whether they were a paying customer or backstage. Everybody would have done the same thing. So what does that make me different than anybody else? That stuff is nice, but it didn’t help at all.”

Cena is set to appear on WWE television very soon. He is also in talks with WWE for a match at SummerSlam. We’ll have to see what WWE has planned for him upon his return.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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