Over the past couple of years, John Cena hasn’t been present in the WWE locker room like he has over the rest of his career. He has been away from the company due to injuries, big commitments to Hollywood, and other business ventures. His importance to the company is always tied to his merchandise, ticket sales, and a lot of other factors, but many fans forget how important his backstage presence is inside the locker room.
A big part of being a top guy for the company is taking care of backstage issues and ensuring that morale is as high as it can be, which is pivotal since everyone travels together roughly 300 days a year. As John Cena’s time with WWE has decreased over the past few years, he hasn’t been as responsible for that, but he revealed during an appearance on the E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness his unhappiness with the current state of the locker room. Cena had the following to say about the behavior backstage during the interview:
“The amount of complacency is staggering I mean these guys are all so gifted and there’s never been a better time ever to make a name for yourself in WWE. With all of the platforms that we have. With Raw, with SmackDown, with NXT we’re increasing our amount of pay-per-views. We’re throwing so much content at the network it’s insane.”
Many years ago, WWE only put out two hours of Raw and maybe another hour of content during a normal week, but Raw is three hours and SmackDown Live is two hours. NXT, 205 Live, and other content exists on the WWE Network. On paper, WWE stars have more opportunities to get over with the WWE Universe than ever before, but someone like John Cena remains disappointed that the locker room is so complacent.
During his interview, Cena also spoke about how many WWE Superstars wait for creative to come up with something for them to do on WWE programming rather than create for themselves. He spoke about going to Vince McMahon to at least understand the logic behind the creative to help with their performance, but a lot of superstars don’t do that. Cena seems blown away by so much talent just doing what they are told.
There is no question that the current WWE roster is one of the most talented in the company’s history, so a lot of people wonder why WWE television can lack excitement sometimes. Cena has given a clue as to why that has been the case. With so much content being produced, it seems the only thing stopping the current crop of talent from excelling is themselves. Hopefully, Cena’s words can be something of a wake-up call.
Kurt Angle will return to action and replace Roman Reigns at WWE TLC; AJ Styles to battle “The Demon” Finn Bálor
Due to medical issues impacting two WWE Superstars scheduled to appear at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, streaming live on WWE Network this Sunday, the special event will now feature Kurt Angle competing in a WWE ring for the first time in more than 11 years, as he replaces Roman Reigns. In addition, former WWE Champion AJ Styles will replace Bray Wyatt and face “The Demon” Finn Bálor.
A WWE Hall of Famer and the current General Manager of Raw, Angle will join forces with Raw Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose to battle the daunting combination of Braun Strowman, Intercontinental Champion The Miz, Cesaro, Sheamus and The Big Red Machine Kane in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs 5-on-3 Handicap Match.
The showdown between “The Demon” and Styles is one that the WWE Universe has been wanting for a long time and promises to be one of the most exciting matches of 2017.
Check back with WWE.com as more information becomes available. Don’t miss a moment of WWE TLC, streaming live on WWE Network, this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT.
Kane Added to TLC Main Event After Surprise Return on Raw (VIDEO)
“The Big Red Monster” Kane is back! And he’s officially been added to the main event of TLC.
It all went down on Raw during the steel cage match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman after the current candidate for Knox County Mayor interfered by popping through the ring.
Kane then chokeslammed Roman twice before he and Braun took turns beating him up. After that, Strowman won the match and Miz announced Kane would be the final member of their team on Sunday when they face-off against The Shield in a TLC match.
It’s unclear if this will effect his run for Mayor in Tennessee, but it can’t be a good sign.