WWE legend John Cena has praised Austin Theory, making the surprising claim that the young star has more talent and natural gifts than he ever did.
On the April 18th episode of WWE Raw, Theory defeated Finn Balor to capture the United States Championship, his first title win since joining the company in 2019.
Another star with a storied history with the US Championship is John Cena. Not only was it also the 16-time World Champion’s first singles title in WWE, but he also held a popular open challenge series in 2015. These matches found Cena being pushed to the limit by stars such as Cesaro, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.
Never one to miss an opportunity to stir the pot, to mark Cena’s birthday on April 23rd, Theory sent a backhanded happy birthday message to the star which included an apology for being a better champion than him.
Now, Cena has responded by praising Theory and saying that he has nothing to apologise for. In fact, he’ll only have to apologise, if he doesn’t make the most of his natural talent.
“Everyone understands that you have far more talent, strength, and gifts than I ever had. Don’t apologize for that. Ever. An apology should come 20 years from now if you fail to provide the EFFORT needed to turn your potential into your legacy. I hope that day never comes.”
Everyone understands that you have far more talent, strength, and gifts than I ever had. Don’t apologize for that. Ever. An apology should come 20 years from now if you fail to provide the EFFORT needed to turn your potential into your legacy. I hope that day never comes. 🥃 https://t.co/3apKiTwgDw
— John Cena (@JohnCena) April 25, 2022
Interestingly, since this interaction, WrestleVotes has reported that Austin Theory can look forward to “bigger and bigger” things as Vince McMahon see him as a “young John Cena”. The report adds that the United States Champion will be given everything he needs to be successful.
Meanwhile, John Cena hasn’t wrestled since September 10th 2021 when he appeared in a dark match on SmackDown at Madison Square Garden.
His last match on WWE TV took place at SummerSlam 2021 when he was defeated by Roman Reigns as he attempted to win a record 17th World Championship.