In a recent interview with Sam Roberts, John Cena didn’t hold back as he shared his honest feedback and advice for US Champion Austin Theory following their WrestleMania 39 program. While Cena’s challenge for Theory’s gold was unsuccessful, fans speculated that Cena wasn’t a fan of Theory’s work and that he didn’t truly put the rising star over.
Cena addressed these criticisms and confirmed that he had told Theory that he didn’t believe in what the young star was doing. He emphasized the importance of finding one’s true identity and drew a parallel with Roman Reigns’ journey, stating, “It took Roman 10 years, eight years at the top, pushed for eight years for the lightbulb to go off and be like, ‘I’m doing it my way. I will work with who they say, I will hit my times, but I’m going to be who I really am.'”
Cena expressed the need for Theory, who is 25 years old and has stars in his eyes, to start experiencing failures early in his career. He urged Theory to not only perform but also fail repeatedly, stating, “Don’t just perform, fail, like a lot and then one day you’ll get it. You need to have like 85 suffering succotash moments.”
While Cena acknowledged that Theory was great and easy to work with, he highlighted the importance of belief in one’s character. He admitted to Theory, “I don’t believe what you do when you’re out there, I don’t… Fans can see through the BS if you don’t believe in your character.”
Cena shared his personal conversation with Theory, explaining his decision to return for their program in Boston. He told Theory, “The reason I came back to Boston is because you can’t do this yourself yet. You cannot carry a WrestleMania promo yourself yet.” He also pointed out the potential consequences of his own injury, which could impact production and affect the livelihoods of around 300 people.
Ultimately, Cena’s message to Theory was to approach their work with authenticity and purpose. He emphasized the importance of understanding the angles and the story they were trying to tell, stating, “Let’s do this right, let’s get some equity here and then you have to start thinking about the angles and what’s the most important thing and what are we really trying to tell, what’s our story.”
In summary, John Cena’s candid critique and advice to Austin Theory focused on the importance of finding one’s true identity, embracing failure, and genuinely believing in one’s character. Cena drew from his own experience and emphasized the need for Theory to develop and grow as a performer. By addressing his concerns directly, Cena aimed to guide Theory toward success and a deeper understanding of his craft.
[Transcription sourced from F4WOnline.]
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