John Cena, 16-time WWE World Champion, was interviewed by Sports Illustrated before WrestleMania 33 and Sports Illustrated recently posted that interview. During the interview, Cena talks about not turning heel and what it means for his character, as well as celebrity involvement in wrestling.
Cena explaining what not turning heel means for his character:
“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.”
Cena on celebrity involvement in wrestling:
“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.”
Cena goes on to talk about how important it is to him to have wrestled with his fiancee Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33 and his exchange of promos with The Miz. You can read about this and more by clicking right here.
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