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John Cena: Actually, really good. I think being injured before, believe it or not, actually kind of helped me. Once you go through the physical therapy process and once you go through the rehab process, you know that if you stay dedicated and you stay consistent you’ll get healthier. A lot of guys you hear about take a lot of time to come back from rehab and just really don’t stay consistent with their physical therapy because quite frankly it’s repetitive and it’s boring, but it’s the stuff that you need to do.
It’s weird, you talk about the honesty of our fan base, I meet so many people in what I do and they all certainly have an opinion on what we do. That’s what makes them a part of our WWE universe. I can’t tell you how many folks I’ve met that say, “You know what, I hate John Cena the character, but quite frankly, you’re a pretty decent human being.” Which I don’t get because I’m about the closest to a character and a real person you can get. My persona on television is, aside from the fact that I don’t really walk around in jean shorts and Ts and wristbands all the time, is pretty damn close to me.
No, no, I think that’s what’s great about our audience. We had a wonderful event last night in Pittsburgh at Consol Energy and the crowd actually took it upon themselves to where they wanted to be the stars of the show. It made for an interesting element and that’s what makes WWE so interesting. Its unpredictability, its “live as it happens” atmosphere and I think that you get more than anything in any other sport, in any other area of entertainment. In a sport, if you have a home team, you root for the home team. In WWE there is no home team, you pick your favorites, you cheer for them, and really the crowd can turn on a dime and react a certain way on any given night. Last night was a perfect example at the Royal Rumble. It made it great. We had 16,000 WWE fans chanting whatever they want, creating an atmosphere that they loved and it ended up being a great event.
I’ve been here for 12 years now and the one thing I’ve noticed, that I noticed very early on, is that you just can’t please everybody. You go out there and if you keep changing your ideals, then you essentially stand for nothing, so you might as well pick something to stand for and be remembered good, bad, or indifferent for standing for that. That’s pretty much at a very, very early age, the kind of approach I took to all this.
No, I’m actually thankful that I got to use my name, even with positives and negatives, at least I’m remembered for me. I couldn’t think of a better way, I think, hell, if you believe in something enough, a piece of merchandise is what it is. As long as you believe in it, it looks good. I’ve kind of carved out a little corner for myself as being authentic. Like I said, John Cena the man of WWE is very close to John Cena the man in real life. I’m glad it’s my real name because it’s close to me.
If I was to have some sort of nickname or moniker…you know a lot of guys have that I think as their one way on the field, as I often relate to sports, and another way off the field. I’m so damn close that it’s like … take Dwayne for example. There’s The Rock and then there’s Dwayne Johnson. There’s a distinct difference. I’m not like that; I’m me, what you see is what you get, so I’m actually glad to use my name. Hell, when I was training in armories and whatever, I had to take a name, they could have called me whatever they wanted to.
Definitely. I think we both always had an unspoken respect for each other. But it’s amazing what you can pull off and be so successful. Essentially, in some respect, he became a business partner. But when you have a successful business venture, a lot of times it becomes personal. Especially in ours where it’s a business based on performance. I learned a lot about him, he certainly learned a lot about me and I think we both are unexpectedly pleased with what we found out about each other.
I think that’s one of the things he kind of was taken aback by. His personality was very brash, you know, taking an opponent and just dissecting him verbally, but we live in a different time. We’re in a giant anti-bullying campaign. It’s a different era. It takes a certain type of person to be able to brush that off and make something out of it. When he saw that kind of stuff, not only the Fruity Pebbles thing, but just the way I would handle it. Usually when agitated, you counter that with aggression. I laughed it off and countered it with stuff of my own. I think he was taken aback by that. It was pretty cool.
Yeah, we had numerous TVs and that was in the height of the Monday night wars so I remember switching back and forth in between programs. It was a different time.
No, I don’t. Not in the near future as the company gets more successful. You’ve got to remember when you think back to the Attitude Era, which, believe it or not, with the new WWE Network, you’ll be able to watch everything from the Attitude Era, so if that’s what you want, that’s what you get. I think they just had more identifiable superstars.
Me looking at it in a big picture scenario—that’s all we need. We’re really doing a good job to put those guys front and center. I think the great thing about the Attitude Era was not necessarily dropping an F-bomb, but just the passion that the guys had, the number of top quality talent that the company had, the fact that we had competition. A lot of elements play into that and of course you always remember the fish that got away story. You talk about “back in my day, this was like this, and back in my day this was like this.” From a company standpoint, we’re more successful than we’ve ever been. There would be no reason to change the business model.
No. Movies are tough. It takes a different kind of cat to do movies. I like the photo shoot because it’s so quick. I like that stuff. Get in, get out, don’t get hurt. Movies require an unbelievable amount of patience.
Fourteen hour days isn’t a problem. Fourteen hour days of sitting in a trailer and then they’ll say, “We need you … Oh, wait, no we don’t. It’s going to be 20 more minutes, we’ve got to do the lighting.” Can we just shoot? I’m here, we’ve got a camera, we’re good. I’d rather do Saturday Night Live or something like that.
I’m certainly concentrating on the Olympic lifts more than I did in 2004/5 but I guess the term that you guys could use, and you probably throw it all throughout your magazine is functional strength. I’m trying to be more functionally strong. Although it’s an exercise that not many CrossFitters would use, in our profession, the bench press or any sort of push movement is something that’s used a lot, so it’s a functional movement and one that I train. Because I’m focusing on that and trying to make it the best I can, at the ripe old age of 36 going on 37, I’m stronger now than I’ve ever been.
Best recorded clean and jerk is 286. Best recorded clean is 358. Best recorded overhead press is 344. Snatch is 304.
Non-existent. I can confidently say that … it’s been a part of my life for 25 years now. No matter how busy my life is, no matter how many things I get involved with, I always find time for lifts. That’s the number one priority in my life. I can’t do without it.
Hopefully some senior [powerlifting] meet where I can put up a decent total. Hopefully in some capacity involved with WWE. I’d still like to be training heavy and hard and still involved with this company.
I think the one undying principle that has kept me the way I am over the years is consistency. To those out there who are starting from their first step and wanting to achieve a certain physique or a certain level of strength, they’re going to be able to try a lot of different things to get there. As long as they consistently apply themselves, and I think that’s in any discipline if they want greater endurance, greater strength, lower body fat, lower body weight, higher muscle mass, whatever their goal is. We can talk shop and analytics and strength and conditioning all day or whatever, but I think the primary directive is consistency.