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John Cena On If He Would Play Vince McMahon In Biopic, Reading The Script, Deaths In Wrestling

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On episode 28 of the Playback podcast, 16-time world champion John Cena talked about the film, The Wrestler, premature deaths in pro wrestling, and the upcoming Vince McMahon biopic, Pandemonium.

On the subject of The Wrestler, Cena said he loved the film as well as lead actor Mickey Rourke’s portrayal of an aged indie wrestler. ‘The Franchise’ described the film as an excellent depiction of an 80s star who attempts to relive past glory and it can be applied to any number of fields such as entertainment and sports.

“I thought it was wonderful and everyone always asks me about that so cautiously, like, ‘what do you think of The Wrestler?’ I loved it because I thought the film could have been called The Ball Player [or] The Rockstar. The story could have been anything. It was about the life and a guy who was so entrenched in the life that he couldn’t let go. And that happened a lot to 80s superstars. You get caught up in this whirlwind and it is, man. And this is just for us, you leave on Friday [and] you get back on Tuesday. You leave Friday and you get back Tuesday again and it’s constant. You just get institutionalized. For the guys in the 80s, you had even more, sometimes double-shots, you do a show at 11 [am] and you do a show at 7 [pm]. You’re gone 41 days, and then, you’re home for 10 [days]. Then, you’re gone for another 41. Like, that is a lifestyle, man. It happens in entertainment all the time. It happens in athletics all the time.”

Cena continued, “and I thought they took our genre and they used it so wonderfully. And man, what a wonderful performance Mickey did and just, it was real, man. It was just a great depiction of how someone can’t get rid of the rush and they still want that one last try. Do you know what? It’s gone. It’s gone.”

With respect to premature deaths in pro wrestling, Cena professed that it all comes down to personal choice and there are a lot of performers who go on the road and leave the pro wrestling business unscathed.

“I think it all comes down to personal choice. You look at choices in the entertainment industry, there are great entertainers that we lose too soon all because it comes down to personal choice, so it’s not necessarily the life. There are a lot of guys that did all those dates on the road and they’re fine. And there are a lot of guys who lived like there was no tomorrow and guess what: when you do that there’s no tomorrow. Like, that stuff catches up with you plain and simple, so it’s again, not [relegated] to a profession.”

Moreover, Cena claimed that WWE looks after talent like family even though they are all independent contractors.

“What I admire about the WWE nowadays is that even though the way we are set up, as independent contractors, they take care of us as if we are family. They offer financial assistance, onsite healthcare if you get injured. We get injury pay now. They offer secondary education. They offer a second language program. The depth that they go to make sure we are protected is… they don’t need to do that and they do it anyway. It’s a great testament to how much they care about their current talent and talent of life after the [pro wrestling] business.”

According to Cena, he would love to play McMahon in the upcoming film about the life of WWE’s Chairman. ‘The Leader Of The Cenation’ said whoever gets the role will be given an interesting challenge because McMahon is truly unique.

“That script is amazing! That is something that I read in one sitting and, like, man, I need to be a part of this movie.” Cena admitted, “man, I don’t want to get myself in hot water with him, but I’d love to. I’d love to. I just love the story. The words jump off the page. I certainly know and admire the man. He’s literally one of my heroes. He has been a friend, a father, a mentor. Whoever does that, they have a wonderfully crafted challenge in front of them because he is one-of-a-kind.”

Cena went on to say that actor Tom Hardy would be a fantastic choice for the part of McMahon.

“I think [Tom Hardy] would be a fantastic choice. I don’t know if he has final say. I think the people making the movie do, but that’s a fantastic choice. Vince is just so unique, man. I can’t wait to see the movie. They already have my ticket money.”

Check out the podcast here. If you use any of the quotes that appear in this article, please credit Playback with an H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.

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Sports Illustrated Interview With John Cena


John Cena recently spoke with Justin Barrasso for Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard website. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Roman Reigns claiming “The Yard” as his:

“Roman is in the trenches every night and he’s performing at an elite level with a champion caliber attitude. His performance and the response that he gets from certain audiences is indicative of an elite-level performer. He’s doing what I did in 2006, 2007, and 2008. He has all the justification in the world in saying it’s his yard.”

Reigns, Cena’s own return and why it’s a good time to be a WWE fan:

“I’m not going to take anything away from Roman. He handles his business with the utmost professionalism. He’s doing it on his own watch. He’s not one of the those guys that comes over to me and asks me, ‘What happens next?’ He’s doing it his way, and I think that’s the best way to do it. He’s not trying to be the next John Cena, but he is being the only Roman Reigns-and that’s why it’s met with so much adversity.

“I can tell you from first-hand because I know. I wasn’t trying to be Stone Cold or The Rock, I was John Cena. That was met with adversity from people looking for the next Stone Cold or the next Rock. That’s what creates the dichotomy, the polarizing environment. I think Roman is doing a fantastic job, and he has an entire roster stacked with unbelievably gifted performers. It’s a good time to be a member of the WWE Universe. You’re seeing multiple brands operating at very high capacity, and I just can’t wait to get back. I’m doing what I’m doing now, but I really can’t wait to get back in the ring. As soon as they cut me loose from this movie in Atlanta, I’ll be back as soon as I can.”

Wearing sneakers to the ring:

“I’m a very weird thinker when it comes to WWE. If you look at every major sport, their uniforms continue to evolve and change. I think patent leather boots are archaic. We have wonderful technology as far as footwear. I certainly am glad to come out in shoes because I can now wear a more functional cross-training shoe in the ring, whether it’s a low top or high top or three-quarter.”

“The football helmet used to look different, too. Change is always met with adversity. When some people read this, they’ll want me strung from the tallest tree, but that would only make the thousandth time they’d want that. I believe our uniforms, in some cases, are archaic. That deters some people from showing their personality because they get latched onto this ideology. If you go back and trace the history of professional wrestling, the reason that people wore the high boots, the flashy tights, and the robes was to define personality. The high boots are just an extension of a wrestling shoe. I would like to see more diversity in terms of uniforms as a whole.”

“[Shinsuke] Nakamura’s costuming and appearance directly relate to his personality. Picture him in classic wrestling attire and you wouldn’t have the same personality. There are, however, folks that it works for, and I think it works brilliantly for Randy Orton. On the aspect of Roman Reigns, he belongs in the gear that he’s in. I don’t know him in anything else. I’m in jorts and a ball cap, and that defines me.”

Check out the full interview with Cena at this link.

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Toronto Sun Interview With John Cena

John Cena recently spoke with The Toronto Sun to promote last week’s limited theatrical release of The Wall. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

So do you now have a whole second career in the movies?

Man, that would be great if it could happen. [Laughs] I’m certainly more comfortable now with the roles I have than I was 10 years ago. Anyway, I’m glad if you think so — hopefully it means I can make some more movies!

What’s the secret behind your drive, your motivation, your success?

I show up on time, I try to work really, really hard, and I approach everything like it’s the first day on the job. Also, I have a saying: ‘Don’t be an A-hole’ and I’m guided by that. [Laughs]. I just try to be a nice person, treat everyone with respect, and work hard.

You’ve described your wrestling persona as, ‘Goodie-Two-Shoes Superman’ and you’re a major role model to kids. Is that job one?

I don’t consider that a job. I consider that a privilege, that I have a message powerful enough to get young people to listen — ‘Never give up.’ And to get them to pay attention to stuff like the impression they leave on people. And sometimes it doesn’t make me the coolest kid in school, but I’m very happy with the message I have to send. Very happy to be a role model.

As your movie career continues, should we expect to see you in a superhero’s cape and tights one day?

I do my cape wearing for the WWE.

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Business Insider Interview With John Cena

John Cena recently did an interview with Business Insider to talk about his diet and workout regimen. You can check out what he had to say below:

His weekly workout routine:

“Weekly workout routine, there is no day-by-day because the travel is crazy. The days very, there’s no daily schedule.

“Four days on, three days off usually. Two days of compound strength movements, which is like, multiple joint stuff. Two days of push-pull, with the goal of being stronger every day.”

“My daily diet – Stay away from the junk. If it breathes or if it’s green, eat it. And just overall make good decisions.”

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John Cena on Variety’s Playback Podcast

John Cena appeared on Variety’s Playback podcast this week to promote “The Wall” being released in theaters this week. You can check out the full interview at this link. Cena talked about getting into acting years ago with WWE Studios movies The Marine and 12 Rounds. He admitted he was just going through the motions at the time. Cena said:

“Those were projects I was kind of told to do and begrudgingly did them. I don’t have any regrets about them, but I just learned a lot about what I don’t want to be involved with and getting involved with something you’re passionate about, and that’s been the key to sustainability to me.”

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Fox News Interview With John Cena

Source: FOX News

FOX News recently interviewed John Cena, who was promoting his new movie, The Wall. Below are some highlights:

If he was worried about Nikki Bella’s response to his proposal at WrestleMania:

“That was the most nervous I have ever been in my entire life and not only was I worried about her response but I was worried about the reaction of the 75,000 people of the Camping World Stadium. I didn’t know that they would react in such a positive way, and I’m forever indebted to our fans for being able to allow me to celebrate the greatest moment of my life.”

If he really thought fans would boo:

“If you watch WWE programming, sometimes they like me, sometimes they don’t. Our audience has an interesting way of letting you know how they feel. When you are genuine, you take a genuine risk.”

If he sees himself retiring from wrestling:

“As far as the performance level it’s definitely a business for the young and I am on the older side of young but I don’t think I’ll ever not be involved with the WWE. They will have to tell me that they no longer need my services because it is my home.”

Cena also discussed wedding plans being made, what he is in charge of with the wedding planning, his new movie The Wall and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Metro US Interview With John Cena

Source: Metro

Metro recently interviewed John Cena, who was promoting his new movie, The Wall. Below are a couple of highlights from the interview:

You have been quietly creeping back into movies, taking small roles here and in “Trainwreck” and “Daddy’s Home,” plus a leading role in the forthcoming “The Pact.” You have said you’re trying to wrestle less, act more.
“I would do both at the same time, but the movie guys are a little weird with their insurance. They don’t want me to go smashing my face up. [Laughs] I’m excited for all the opportunities outside the WWE ring, only because it raises awareness of the WWE. I take great pride in my profession, but I’m very aware of the perception of it. I think a lot of people think we are just what we are, and that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with that. But there are plenty of talented people who travel with the WWE and produce wonderful entertainment every week. We do live sports entertainment, and it’s like no other. To be able to do stuff like this outside of the norm and for people to say, ‘Wow, that’s pretty good,’ that bodes well for getting more eyes on the ring.”

I get the sense that people are respecting wrestling more and more these days.

“More and more. And a lot of our methods of entertainment are being adopted by both mainstream sports and mainstream entertainment. If you look at how ESPN has shifted its content, the way shows feature a lot of argumentative debate rather than informative sports reporting, then sports borrows a lot from the WWE. I’m very happy to see it, and I think that’s what leading to more understanding of what we do and respecting it.”

Cena also discussed his role being small in The Wall and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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SI: Five Questions With John Cena

John Cena recently did a quick Q&A for Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard site. The full interview is at this link

John Cena generated headlines at WrestleMania 33 when he proposed to Nikki Bella after their mixed tag victory over The Miz and Maryse. Cena has been off-camera ever since to work on his upcoming films – most notably, The Wall, which co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson – but has plans to return to Smackdown Live. Cena, who has granted more wishes than any celebrity or athlete in Make-A-Wish history, spoke with SI at his annual Make-A-Wish luncheon in Orlando where WWE hosted 39 wish kids whose wish was to attend WrestleMania and inducted those children into WWE’s Circle of Champions. So many people have asked you to turn heel. You just visited children at a Make-A-Wish luncheon in Orlando during WrestleMania weekend and the children were ecstatic to see you. Does that provide you with more justification to remain your current character?

Cena: I don’t think everyone wants me to turn. There is a group of people that don’t like what they see, but the most important message I send is you can’t please everybody, never be ashamed to be who you are, and know that what you do affects people. I look at it as a way to provide hope for families that don’t go through what we consider a normal day by providing a smile and happiness. I look at WWE as a vehicle to provide an escape and happiness. That’s why I’m here every year, I believe in what we do.

• John Cena, Nikki Bella get naked, fart to celebrate YouTube milestone You last headlined a WrestleMania in 2013. As a competitor, is part of your drive to headline WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans?

Cena: I look at any time I step on that ramp as the headline. The promos with The Miz, Maryse, and Nikki Bella leading up to WrestleMania 33 were appointment viewing. Were you happy with the way the program played out? Or was it too real to enjoy?

Cena: I can’t believe I have hair left. At times, it’s trying to have someone throw your real life out there. Everybody comes at me, so I’m used to it, but it’s a first for Nicole. They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and I can attest to that. I’ve had to be on the receiving end of some upset nights, but I cannot stress to you enough how it shows her character and resolve. I tell everyone who will listen, Nicole is the strongest, most inspiring person I’ve ever met. That’s why I love her. I’ve headlined with The Rock and I’ve been a part of a lot of WrestleMania moments, but this moment with Nicole is the one most important of all because I get to stand alongside her in a WrestleMania ring. All of that is because of her story. She drives me, she inspires me. We learn from each other every day. On top of that, I’m head over heels for her. And she loves this business just as much as I do, so it’s special. Celebrities and pro athletes, like Rob Gronkowski, are constantly rumored to be or are actually a part of WrestleMania. Is there anyone from outside of wrestling that you would like to work with in the ring? And what is the key to a successful transition into WWE?

Cena: The best celebrities or pro athletes are the ones who show up embracing everything. I distinctly remember when Hugh Jackman showed up and he was awesome because he viewed it as awesome. His lasting impression on what he did and how enthusiastic he was, that was great. Anyone like that. When a person shows up to WWE and says, ‘I want to be part of this crazy thing that’s about to happen,’ it always leads to memorable moments. If anyone shows up too cool for school, well, then all right. We have a world watching us, and it is such a wonderful world to be a part of. WWE has allowed you so many opportunities, including current movie roles that have taken you away from Smackdown Live. How grateful are you for those opportunities? And what are your goals outside of the ring?

Cena: That’s all really good stuff, but it doesn’t happen without this. I’m at the point where I wouldn’t do anything that I’m not interested or invested in. I really think it’s awesome that WWE has someone who can host a morning show by day and be on Smackdown Live at night. There are a lot of folks in WWE that are tremendously talented, and hopefully I can be one of the few vehicles that gets more opportunities for some of those superstars other than myself. It’s really cool to be able to do, but I’m not doing anything because I have to, I’m doing it because I want to.