WWE Champion John Cena was recently in an interview with Boston.Com and he spoke on some interesting things. John Cena spoke on his current character in the WWE and he spoke on “The Attitude Era.” Here are some noteworthy quotes from the champion himself.
“I don’t market myself as the coolest guy out there or the most edgy guy out there. Sports and entertainment have become such a business of branding. You have a lot of people watching your every action, and I’m proud of that. I take a lot of pride in how I present myself.”
“The Attitude Era was when the fans became teens. The Attitude Era was really generation-specific. I’m not taking anything away from that ‘” it was 18-to-35-year-old males, and now we’re a broader audience, really more like it was in the ’80s.”
John Cena is a great human being in many ways. He is a role model to many fans in the WWE Universe and he has always given back in many ways. With that being said, Cena does not realize that his character and presence is too overpowering in many ways. How many times have you seen Cena interrupting another guy conducting a promo and stealing the spotlight from them?
I know that many of you will argue that the creative writes the storylines and you’re totally right. However, major players like Cena can suggest ideas to the creative staff and make things go their way. It has also been speculated that Randy Orton got Ken Anderson booted out of the WWE because Orton went and ranted to WWE Officials. The bottom line is Cena has some authority whether you believe or not.
John Cena claims that the current WWE audience is broader than the Attitude Era. I totally disagree with that because more people tuned in to watch the WWE during the Attiude Era then now. The Rock and Stone Cold segments in the Attitude era scored higher ratings than anything that airs now. If I’m correct, The Rock and Stone Cold had the higher rating segment in WWE history (9.2). That is well over ten million people that tuned in to watch a particular segment. How Cena say that the audience now is bigger now than the Attitude Era? The Attitude Era generated more ratings than this PG era. The WWE was so strong back then that I used to have teachers at school discussing “Raw Is War.”
I’ll admit that John Cena has accomplished many things as a WWE Superstar, but he will never accomplish meaningful equivalent to the Attitude Era. Doesn’t John Cena get it? More people watch the WWE during the Attitude Era (1997-2003). That’s why Vince McMahon tried for so long to get The Rock back in a WWE ring. The bottom line is John Cena needs to get over himself. I can’t believe I used to defend this guy.
Source: The Contributor, Boston.com