In a recent interview with Logan Paul as part of the Impaulsive Podcast, John Cena discussed several topics, including the growth of his character over the years in WWE and defining his character as Superman.
“John Cena, in the WWE’s existence is quite easy for me to define, Superman, I don’t mean like I’m stronger than everybody, I can outrun a speeding train, or stronger than a train, or faster than a buller, whatever, I mean Superman acts with pure virtue, Superman has a moral code, Superman can be conflicted, but when he is conflicted, his North Star, his moral code and his virtues, it affects the body language, it affects your delivery and you’re like, I don’t know when you’re off script, when you’re on script and neither do I, because you just get out there and you feel the energy.
Now, over the years, there’s been a difference in Superman, the Superman in 2012 where, man did they want CM Punk to win the Championship, because everybody was sick of me winning, they were sick of Superman, which is the forever problem with Superman, he’s too good. Now, it’s an older Superman who is looking in the mirror and saying, I was this, I’m not this anymore, what am I now, I’m trying to figure it out, I need your help, hey guys, I don’t know how much time I have left and I gauge their interest off of that.
If they’re like, get the f*** out, I do know how much time I have left and it’s now, but it’s fun to be able to play with that dynamic of having that run, just like the evolution of the Doctor of Thuganomics, it was an immediate shift into the rap guy and it was a slow climb into the virtuous Superman character that became the face of WWE. The person sitting before you is me, the person you see in WWE is more of me now than it ever has been in totality.”
The full interview is available at this link.