Writing on Twitter, Cena reflected on his 20-year association with Orton in WWE. He also encouraged fans to watch his former in-ring rival’s Broken Skull Sessions interview on the WWE Network.
As Cena alluded to, he has a long and storied history with Orton in WWE. According to wrestling stats database Cagematch.net, the two men faced each other in 123 singles matches between 2001 and 2017.
Orton discussed almost every major moment from his WWE career during a 103-minute interview with Austin. Cena previously appeared on Austin’s former podcast, The Steve Austin Show, but has not yet been interviewed on Broken Skull Sessions.
What did Randy Orton say about John Cena?
Randy Orton told Steve Austin that he learned a lot from John Cena during their time working together in WWE. He also gave the 16-time WWE World Champion credit for adhering to his character’s “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” slogan in real life.
“I learned a lot from him. I learned so much from him because I was in my head a lot. I worked with him early on but it wasn’t until midway through my couple of decades here that we really put in a couple of hundred matches with each other, live events and everything. I’ve never… ‘Hustle, Loyalty, Respect’… Dude, that hustle, that’s a real thing. I’ve never known anybody to ask as many questions and jump outside of his comfort zone and try all these things.”
Orton added that Cena made him realize that listening to the crowd is “everything” for WWE Superstars.
He said the likes of Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker taught him a lot, but Cena was the person who helped him understand crowd interaction.