“It’s an Absolute Team Effort”- John Cena Denies Being a ‘One-Man Show’ During WWE Run

Published 05/17/2021, 9:09 AM EDT


WWE has had a tough time replacing John Cena as the face of the company because he was the main man for over a decade and effectively succeeded The Rock as the poster boy Superstar. Fans could never get behind Roman Reigns as they could with Cena, and only a heel turn has fans convinced that ‘The Tribal Chief’ is the real deal.

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However, many believe John Cena was responsible for ‘burying’ a lot of WWE talent. In fact, critics allege that Cena prevented them from rising to the top by putting himself over in key storylines.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: John Cena prepares for his fight against Seth Rollins at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Famously regarded as the man with the ‘Golden Shovel’, Cena balked at the idea of him being the star of the show. He believes that the spotlight always went two ways.

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“No, no, that’s not true. That’s not true. If you think so, watch any wrestling match or WWE performance with one individual,” said Cena, speaking to Nick Harley of Den of Geek. “So I don’t believe in that term. It’s an absolute team effort. And I hate when people say that because it takes the credit away from a lot of talented individuals.”

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)

John Cena explained why a return to WWE isn’t currently in the plans

John Cena is still one of the biggest names in WWE despite not being in action for nearly 2 years. He has taken the time off to skyrocket his acting career and has already landed key roles, most recently as Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad (2021).

WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 11: Shay Shariatzadeh and John Cena attend the premiere of Universal Pictures’ “Dolittle” at Regency Village Theatre on January 11, 2020 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Fans were gutted by his absence at WrestleMania 37, but the 16-time World Champion insists that he needed to prioritize his work. 

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“For 15 years my life was a blur that had not much else in it except light blue canvas and ropes. And I love it for that. And I think now the audience is very understanding that I developed a similar sort of passion towards this. And you can’t be both places at once because one place will suffer or if not, both places will suffer,” Cena explained. (h/t Inside The Ropes)

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: John Cena wins his match against the Miz at the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

We may see ‘The Cenator’ in the WWE Universe as a wrestler for a final run in the future, but the sad reality is that we probably won’t see him as regularly as we used to. Needless to say, the future is in safe and capable hands. 

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Luke Dias

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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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