John Cena is one of the greatest legends in WWE history, of which he was the undisputed symbol until 2017. The 16-time world champion made wrestling history, helping to spread the WWE product to every corner of the planet. During his exceptional career, the 'Cenation' leader has also held the United States Championship five times, the World Tag Team Championship twice and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice.
As if that were not enough, he has won two editions of the Royal Rumble match (in 2008 and 2013), three editions of the Elimination Chamber match and the 2012 edition of Money in the Bank. In recent years, Cena has stepped away from the ring to successfully pursue his career in Hollywood.
His last WWE appearance was in SummerSlam 2021, where he was defeated by 'Tribal Chief' Roman Reigns at the end of a thrilling battle. Interviewed by Mark Andrew in the latest edition of the podcast 'My Love Letter To Wrestling', Theory revealed that he has always been inspired by John Cena.
Theory pays tribute to John Cena
"John Cena's character, his personality, his attitude and everything he did both in and out of the ring made me work hard to become a WWE superstar," said Theory. As part of the 'Hall of Fame' podcast, Booker T had a nice word for Theory: “I think he has the potential to take on the role of John Cena in WWE.
John has been the symbol of the company for several years, doing the good of the company regardless of what his mood was at the time. He got into the ring and did his job in the best possible way. Cena's contribution was exceptional both inside and outside the ring, we must acknowledge it.
Theory remembers it a lot, although I might be wrong. Winning the US title is just the beginning of his rise." In the April 11 episode of Raw, Austin Theory announced that he and Vince McMahon had decided to shorten his ring name (making him Theory).
This angle all began during WWE Survivor Series when Mr. McMahon's golden egg went missing from his office. It was later revealed that Theory had stolen the egg so he could take a picture with it, and McMahon would - oddly enough - reward the RAW rookie with a title shot.
McMahon stated that Theory reminded him a lot of himself, and he has now taken the 24-year-old on as somewhat of a protege.