John Cena has revealed that he still offers advice to Austin Theory about connecting with the audience.
Then-WWE United States Champion Theory defeated Cena to retain the gold in the opening bout on Night One of WrestleMania 39, but was on the receiving end of some harsh words from the 16-time World Champion in the build up to the match.
Cena noted the crowd’s lack of reaction to ‘A-Town’ during some pointed promos ahead of the contest, something he reflected on during a recent appearance on WWE After The Bell with Corey Graves and Kevin Patrick.
Cena revealed that he still speaks to Theory on a regular basis and drew parallels between the early WWE years of his own career to Theory’s WWE stint so far:
“My biggest fear was apathy. That non-focused silence. There is even the sound of focused silence, but that non-focused silence is when you’re dead in the water.
It was one of my main points, the last time we spoke, back when I was speaking about Austin Theory. Nothing I said to Austin out there, I wouldn’t say to his face. We still talk on a regular basis and I still try to bestow on him advice. I think he’s working more towards connecting with the audience, but I could hear the silence of apathy when he would perform.
I know it is because I had plenty. I single-handedly ruined the Ruthless Aggression Era by completely failing, being the Ruthless Aggression guy and failing. I know what apathetic silence sounds like and that was my one fear.”
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