“I Don’t Think It’s Soft, I Think It’s Different”- John Cena Defends WWE Superstars Following The Undertaker’s Criticism

Published 02/10/2021, 12:50 PM EST


John Cena, the former face of WWE, has been quite active now in Hollywood ever since he took a break from wrestling. The new look and feature in the Super Bowl commercial make it impossible not to see Cena!

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The 16-time World Champion has quite a lot of opinions to share and this time he weighed in on controversial comments made by WWE legend The Undertaker a couple of weeks back on WWE Superstars today being ‘soft’. 
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Speaking to Forbes, John Cena disagreed with his former opponent and feels that Superstars today are not ‘soft’ in any sense, but are presented with different challenges.
“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—the fans of the Attitude Era certainly looked at our product as not what they’re used to, and it wasn’t,” Cena explained. “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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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson and John Cena in action during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
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John Cena believes WWE has the necessary star power now

‘The Cenator’ himself commented last year to Forbes that he didn’t think WWE had any main faces to run the place. The current content that WWE has been offering fans has totally changed his mind.
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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: John Cena looks on before his match against Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
“What do I think of the WWE product right now? I love it,” said Cena. “Forbes did an article on me back in 2020 where I had said that I don’t believe that WWE will ever have a marquee star. And here we are, less than a year later, and I can blatantly say I was wrong.”
“Now you have Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks can be in that conversation, but it’s not what I said it was in 2020. It’s not a scattered fragment of Super Friends. WWE has just refocused, re-shifted and now is consolidating on marquee stars. They have their marquee stars, and going forward they will have their big names.”

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Eric Bischoff agrees with Cena on that respect as he too named Drew and Roman as WWE’s marquee stars. There’s no doubt that Sasha Banks, Bayley, Becky Lynch, and Seth Rollins fit into that category as well. 
John Cena is dead right in his words and was the bigger man is accepting the fact that WWE changed his mind on an eerier opinion. We eagerly wait for him to return and once more be a part of this new era of wrestling. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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