The effects of the global pandemic have impacted the choices made by WWE over the past year and a half. Due to Coronavirus, the Stamford-based federation has been forced to lay off a large number of superstars and behind-the-scenes insiders.
As if that weren't enough, the rise of All Elite Wrestling has caused Vince McMahon's company to lose more spectators. Tony Khan's company has succeeded in hiring two true monsters of this business: CM Punk and Bryan Danielson.
Following the demise of WCW and ECW in the early 2000s, WWE no longer had any competition until the birth of AEW. Speaking on 'Pardon My Take' a few days ago, John Cena revealed whether or not he watches All Elite Wrestling shows.
"I don't usually watch All Elite Wrestling (AEW) shows" - admitted the 16-time world champion.
John Cena on the AEW
“Do I think competition is good? Of course yes. Whenever there is more buzz in the industry, it's good for wrestling.
Everyone is forced to give their best, otherwise the rival company takes over. It is noted that now there is greater care in the development of the matches and of the various segments. The competition brings out the best in each of us” - added John Cena.
The leader of the 'Cenation' played his last match against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam 2021. During the conversation, the Boston phenomenon revealed what drives him to fight against opponents much younger than him: “Every time I return to WWE, I'm not afraid of falling or ruining my image.
I don't do it to flaunt my physical abilities or anything, but for the sake of storytelling. I really like being able to tell a story with an athlete like Roman Reigns, it gives me a feeling that I can't even describe.
I know there have been quite a few releases lately, but it's still a business. Nobody is guaranteed a job, unless your name is Vince McMahon." Cena joined The Pat McAfee Show to discuss a variety of subjects. While talking about WWE, the actor spoke about how he believes the company is a weird zone, because it focuses more on entertainment than the sport.
He went on to talk about how all superstars are involved and the ultimate goal is always to provide a show for the fans. "I'm as passionate as the people on the other side of the barrier," John Cena said. "You know WWE is that weird zone where it isn't a pure sport.
It is a participation event with every person involved. I always just wanted the arena to be rocking, and everyone shows up with high energy. For me to go out there apathetic or wanting to be somewhere else isn't fair to all those fans."