John Cena Trends as Fans School AEW EVPs The Young Bucks for Their Bizarre Claim

Published 12/14/2021, 10:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: John Cena enters the ring at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)


The Young Bucks have claimed to be the ones who introduced the trend of wearing sneakers to the pro-wrestling ring. However, the pro-wrestling fans have pointed out that entities such as Shane McMahon and John Cena are the ones who made sneakers in the ring a trend.

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According to The Young Bucks, others may have worn it but they made it trend.

“I feel like we actually made it a trend though. If you look on Instagram or Twitter or any social media, you’ll see wrestlers in sneakers. And, that wasn’t a thing three four years back”, said Matthew.

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“Shane McMahon may have been the first guy to do it, I don’t think all the wrestlers were copying it. Maybe Shane’s the OG of wearing sneakers”, said Nicholas.

They even believe that they’re the ones who normalized it. Otherwise, back in the day if someone wore sneakers over wrestling boots, they would be picked upon for wearing something that isn’t legit.

But, the fans strongly disagree. To them, John Cena has been doing it for a long time and normalized it even before The Young Bucks came along.

John Cena started wearing Reebok shoes over wrestling boots

At present, pro-wrestlers are seen wearing sneakers during every other show. However, the Converse, Vans, and Air Jordans worn today are no match for the classic old Reebok sneakers that The Champ first brought to town.

Whether it was his green t-shirt or his jorts or his sneakers, Cena took the apparel game to the next level. He wasn’t wearing tights or wrestling boots like others, but wore something completely different and normalized wearing whatever suits the pro-wrestler.

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Today, pro-wrestlers sport a variety of attires during their matches and segments.

Some of the pro-wrestlers on AEW who have been seen sporting sneakers are CM Punk, Adam Cole, Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and others. Not only did they wear them, pro-wrestlers have made sneakers an important part of the wrestling attire.

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But of course, pro-wrestlers have the liberty to wear wrestling boots if they want to. For example, Roman Reigns wears sneakers during promos but wears boots during his matches!

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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