So what does this “free agent” thing mean?
Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez briefly discussed the matter on an edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, and Meltzer noted that he was told that Cena won’t be Reigns’ opponent at SummerSlam. The idea is apparently for Cena to be able to appear on both Raw and SmackDown even if it goes against the brand split because he’s one of the only draws that WWE has. No word yet on feud plans for Cena but he’s rumored to face WWE Champion Jinder Mahal soon after returning.
John Cena joined the pledge to end polio at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta this week.
Donors from all over the globe raised $1.2 billion to rid the world of polio. Cena talked to the convention attendees about how commitment and determination are the keys to ending polio.
He then introduced Microsoft magnate Bill Gates, who discussed how ending polio has been his goal for a decade. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with Rotary International, pledged to donate $450 million over the next three years.
After the event concluded, Cena and Gates chatted with “TODAY” about #EndPolioNow.
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You can’t see him, but he that doesn’t stop him from giving the scoops!
John Cena blessed the WWE Universe with a Facebook Live ahead of the season premiere of “American Grit” tonight and revealed a major change … a new haircut! However, The Cenation Leader relayed that the new look is only temporary as he finishes up an acting project and he’ll be back to his vintage look ahead of his return to WWE on SmackDown LIVE on the Fourth of July.
To hear the 16-time World Champion riff on everything from what he’s looking to accomplish upon his return, as well as whether or not he would accept a role in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, check out the video above!
John Cena on Why ‘American Grit’ Season 2 Is ‘A Much Better Format’
“Both were woven with trying to get people to be their best,” the WWE Superstar reflected ahead of his sophomore start. “Season 1 was a more difficult project because everyone was already disciplined and well-rounded, and we were just putting them through physically punishing things that a lot of times people can’t relate to. I don’t know what it’s like to carry a 240-pound log 15 miles… because that’s something I would never do.”
“I think this season… we asked people to take a big step,” he continued. “We asked people to be open with their problems, open with their personal lives and then be brave enough to do these series of challenges we put forward.”
In other words, Season 2 is more about Cena’s “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” mantra than his former Gold’s Gym meathead character’s “How much ya bench?”
“It’s also something people will be able to relate to, and be able to feel like they can accomplish or not,” Cena said of his show’s second chance. “I think it’s a much better format. I’m really, really happy with it because I think the viewer at home will be able to gauge the advancement or the setbacks that everyone else goes through.”
Season 2 of “American Grit” premieres Sunday at 9/8c on Fox.
WSVN-TV Entertainment Reporter Chris Van Vliet interviewed John Cena, who was promoting the premiere of Season 2 of American Grit. We were sent these highlights:
How his schedule has changed since he started doing movies and hosting TV shows:
“I’m used to living a pretty fast life in the WWE world so it’s no different, it’s just dividing up the hours a little bit differently. But American Grit Season 2 was something I was very happy to be a part of. I think Sunday nights, everyone who watches the show on FOX is going to feel the same. It’s a wonderful journey for all of our contestants who have self proclaimed that they’ve lost their grit.”
Did he wrestle the entire match at WrestleMania 33 with the engagement ring in his pocket:
“There are some secrets that should be kept secret my friend. That one’s for me to know. I like the fact that a lot of folks ask me where I kept the ring. I know where I kept it and I think that’s a secret I’ll keep with me.”
What we can expect from his WWE return on July 4th:
“I just want to get back in the fray. I think it’s a wonderful time to be a fan, to be a member of our WWE Universe. The rosters on both sides, SmackDown Live and Monday Night Raw, is packed with very capable, unbelievable superstars and I’m just waiting to get back into the mix and try to prove my worth once again.”
His interaction with Ric Flair immediately after tying his record at the Royal Rumble:
“I have a longstanding friendship with Ric Flair. He’s been a mentor to me over the years. It was very important to me that he was there for me that night. He was nothing but encouraging, so honorable and so inspirational. He’s a wonderful guy and a lot of fun and I’m really happy that he was there. It was a great moment for all of us.”
How many more title runs does he think he has left?
“I truly don’t look at it like that. I just want to be able to be able to perform at an elite level. I know that at 40 years old and 15 years in the WWE now it’s been a long journey, longer than most. I have to find my grit every day to keep working hard to keep up with all of these young, strong guys. It truly is a young man’s game but I feel really good. I look forward to July 4th and I think everybody will see that I haven’t lost a step yet.”
Who should John Cena pass the torch to?
“I think it’s been passed without me. There’s a lot of folks who are currently doing a lot of damage on the roster. The show is thriving in my absence. I think it’s extremely competitive. I did win the 16th Championship at the Rumble but I was unfortunate in my first defense at Elimination Chamber and before that I hadn’t really been in the Championship picture for a while. I think the company is moving on quite well. I don’t know if there needs to be a formal anointment but they’re really doing well without me.”