“He Was Just Befuddled” – John Cena Reveals a Hilarious Story About Stone Cold Steve Austin Returning in the PG Era

Published 02/11/2021, 6:30 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 21: John Cena speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)


John Cena had an interesting story to tell about Stone Cold Steve Austin, recalling the time when the latter returned during the height of the PG era.

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However, things had changed, and The Texas Rattlesnake learned it firsthand. For instance, he could not use three things that defined his character – throwing his middle finger, asking for a beer, and cursing. These were his signature traits during the Attitude Era.
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While everyone backstage would have loved to see the legend regardless, Austin had a different opinion.
“I remember one of the first time Steve Austin came back during the height of the PG era. He was just befuddled. Because Steve Austin goes out there and runs it. And if he gets stuck, he can curse, he can throw up some middle fingers, he can ask for a beer.
“We took away three of the biggest clubs that he can hit with. And told him to go out there and be himself. And he came back shaking his head and said ‘I don’t know how you do this!’ But if he had enough time, he’s a great performer, he could get used to it.”
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John Cena responded to WWE Legend’s comment about the current product

John Cena spoke about another Superstar from the Attitude Era during his interview with Forbes, The Undertaker. He responded to Taker’s comment about the current WWE product being soft.
Cena is of the opinion that calling it soft is unfair, as opposed to calling it different.
“I could look at the economics of it and make an argument that between myself—and the large amount of folks that carried on the roster beyond the Attitude Era into the Ruthless Aggression Era and the Reality Era.

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“The fans of the Attitude Era certainly looked at our product as not what they’re used to, and it wasn’t. So I may have a bit of disagreement with Undertaker’s word choice because I don’t think it’s soft, I think it’s different.”

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Do you agree with The Undertaker or John Cena about the current WWE product? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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