In an interview with Tony Maglio of The Wrap to promote the second season of American Grit on FOX, WWE SmackDown Live superstar John Cena commented on feuding with The Miz leading into the WrestleMania 33 pay-per-view, as well as the reports that he has a reputation of burying younger talent.
Highlights of the interview are below:
On feuding with The Miz leading into WrestleMania 33 and why he was willing to do whatever it took to make the storyline work: “If you look at my existence in WWE, I have never asked anyone and will never ask anyone to pull any punches. I believe that it’s a ‘Strong Survive’ environment, and accept nothing less. I think people forget my [history] in WWE sometimes and the fact that I truly had to earn every inch. There is this overwhelming perception that I am protected and coddled — that couldn’t be father from the truth.”
On the accusations that he buries younger talent: “This is why I have the reputation of quote-unquote “burying younger talent,” because I will let them do whatever they want with me — and then after they get done, they’re not as motivated. So, it’s not that I sink their ship, it’s that they fail to operate at an elite level. And I’m on to the next person, [to] whom I say, “Hey man, bring your best punch and I’m gonna punch back” — and they don’t take that attitude beyond me.”
The interview is available in full at this link.