John Cena was the undisputed symbol of WWE for many years, before successfully pursuing his film career. In a short time, the 16-time world champion became one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. His last appearance in the ring was in SummerSlam 2021, where he was beaten by 'Tribal Chief' Roman Reigns at the end of a no holds barred battle.
In addition to collecting countless titles, the leader of the 'Cenation' 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.
According to some insiders, the role of Cena could be assumed by Theory in the coming years. The former NXT star has received a big push in the past few months and was involved in a segment with Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 38.
Recently, McDonough's 24-year-old defeated Finn Balor on Raw to take the US title. In the latest edition of 'The Bro Show' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo expressed his opinion on the matter.
Vince Russo reflects on Theory
“Theory certainly has what it takes to become a leading man in this industry within the next two years.
There is no doubt about this, I am convinced too" - began Vince Russo. “However, the comparison with John Cena seems definitely premature. Cena is an absolute icon of this business and has managed to transcend wrestling.
Theory is working hard and starting to make a name for itself, but it's still early days to make certain comparisons” - he added. Vince also spoke of Alexa Bliss: “Alexa's parable is very similar to that of Chad Gable, who became Shorty G.
WWE has yet to sell a huge amount of Lilly Dolls, that's why they don't want to let her go. Everyone has realized that his character is now burnt, but there is a commercial reason behind the choice of the company." Former Women’s Champion Bayley is among those who have compared the two characters on social media.
However, speaking to Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Riju Dasgupta, Theory dismissed claims that he stole his former co-worker’s gimmick: “You see stuff online where people are like, ‘It’s ripping this off, it’s ripping that off.’ To me, it’s a different way of doing it and I’m going about it a different way.
Anything that people might have seen before or think they might have seen before, they don’t want to get along with it because they’re like, ‘Well, it’s already happened.’ But I think what I do is totally different”.