AJ Styles pays tribute to John Cena
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 3968
John Cena has been the undisputed symbol of WWE for many years, having helped to increase the popularity of wrestling in every corner of the planet. The 16-time world champion has progressively distanced himself from the ring, thanks to his advancing age and his brilliant career in Hollywood.
The Bostonian's last appearance in WWE dates back to SummerSlam 2021, where he was defeated by Roman Reigns at the end of a no holds barred battle. The leader of the 'Cenation' made the history of this business: he is in fourth place in the register of WWE champions by the total number of days and holds the record for the most pay-per-view matches won in a single year.
As mentioned earlier, in 2017 John decided to take on a part-timer role to pursue his film career. Interviewed by Vishesh Roy for 'NDTV Sports', AJ Styles had wonderful words for John Cena. The two faced off at SummerSlam in 2016 and later at the Royal Rumble.
AJ Styles opens up on John Cena
“I've never seen anyone work harder than John Cena,” began AJ Styles. “He does everything he can to achieve his goals, leaving nothing to chance. Once he knows what he wants, there is no longer any way to stop him.
His career is a striking testament to what I'm saying. I have worked with several top-level superstars, but my preference goes to John” - he revealed. AJ also praised his great friend Omos: “He can become one of the greatest stars of any era.
He has what it takes to be the heir of André The Giant, even though I've never met him. I have never seen a human being more imposing than Omos, you have to stand next to him to believe it. Our separation? At some point, it was necessary for our paths to divide.
Omos needs to move individually, only in this way he can grow and fully express his talent. As Kurt Angle has repeated several times, there comes a time when you have to cut that umbilical cord." He has made a total of 17 appearances at the event.
He has competed in a total of 15 matches, out of which he has won 10 and lost five. It is safe to say that he has one of the best track records at 'Mania. All of these appearances were consecutive, which is impressive, to say the least.
He has competed for the WWE Championship a record 7 times at the event. WrestleMania 32 and 35 were the only two editions where Cena didn't compete but was a part of a segment instead.