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WWE News: John Cena on why he doesn't wear traditional wrestling attire, Roman Reigns, and the Undertaker match that wasn't to be

John Cena talks about not wrestling in traditional attire, his WrestleMania program and more.

News 13 May 2017, 22:13 IST
Cena had words of high praise for Reigns and Nakamura.

What’s the story?

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, John Cena spoke about Roman Reigns, the fans’ disappointment with his match at WrestleMania 33 and his ring attire.

In case you didn’t know...

John Cena teamed up with Nikki Bella to defeat the Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33; after the match, he got down on one knee and proposed to Nikki, in a moment that has gotten the newly engaged couple a lot of mainstream media attention.

The 16-time world champion is presently busy with a couple of Hollywood projects including Daddy’s Home 2 and The Wall, which was released on May 12th.

The heart of the matter:

The 40-year old WWE Superstar revealed why he refrained from wrestling in traditional attire and cited Shinsuke Nakamura’s example to elucidate on the same:

“Nakamura’s costuming and appearance directly relate to his personality. Picture him in classic wrestling attire and you wouldn’t have the same personality. There are, however, folks that it works for, and I think it works brilliantly for Randy Orton. On the aspect of Roman Reigns, he belongs in the gear that he’s in. I don’t know him in anything else. I’m in jorts and a ball cap, and that defines me.”

According to Cena, he dons his unique Cenation gear to stand out from the other performers in the sport and noted that change is always met with adversity but is important nonetheless. 

When asked about Roman Reigns, the 16-time World Champion said that the Big Dog handled his business with the utmost professionalism and did things his own way.

“He handles his business with the utmost professionalism. He’s doing it on his own watch. He’s not one of those guys that comes over to me and asks me, ‘What happens next?’ He’s doing it his way, and I think that’s the best way to do it. He’s not trying to be the next John Cena, but he is being the only Roman Reigns-and that’s why it’s met with so much adversity.”

Furthermore, Cena addressed the disappointment voiced by several fans at him not facing the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 33 and instead choosing to compete in the mixed-tag-team match with Nikki Bella. Cena asserted that although the idea was initially panned by several people before Mania, it all worked out in the end, with him and Bella getting their Wrestlemania moment.

Also read: An open letter to The Doctor of Thuganomics, John Cena

What’s next?

John Cena has been advertised for a July 4th return to SmackDown Live, with rumours rife that he may, in fact, surprise the fans by coming back before the aforementioned date, before June 18th’s Money In The Bank PPV event.

Author’s take

John Cena is one of the most hard-working, humble and respectful stars in WWE. His assessment of Reigns and ring-gear comparison to Nakamura are spot-on, and I’d love to see the Champ face-off against either of them in the days to come. 

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