John Cena is a 16-time World Champion and carried the company on his back throughout the PG era. He is now a worldwide name as people know him from all corners of the world. Cena had humble beginnings prior to making it big in WWE and it appears the way he became the top guy in WWE has been revealed.

When John Cena debuted on the main roster in 2002, his future was uncertain in the company as many felt he didn’t have what it takes to make it in the business. It didn’t help his character had no depth to it.

John Cena was nothing more than a bland babyface who had no future prospects. In fact, Cena almost got fired during his first year in Vince McMahon’s company.

While speaking on the latest edition of his Something To Wrestle podcast, Bruce Prichard talked about John Cena’s rise to the top and explained how Cena eventually became a top guy in WWE.


Cena was in that discussion, Batista, Brock [Lesnar] had been in that discussion at one point –- there were a lot of guys,” Prichard shared. “Dusty [Rhodes] was in love with Randy Orton … that’s the only way to go, third generation wrestler, youth and all this stuff. Cena — he’s got the look, he’s got the charisma, he’s got everything and the best attitude out of all of them. All of them were fighting hard … being the top talent is a shoot and you’ve got to fight to get there, and if you can’t do that and you aren’t willing to do that, then you’re never gonna make it.

The top guys weren’t people that just got it handed to them. Guys like Cena, Austin, Rock, Hunter [Triple H], [Mick] Foley –- those guys all wanted to be the guy,” he added, “and they wanted everything that came with it… they really wanted to be the best at what they did. They were willing to sacrifice and do whatever it took to be the best.”

John Cena also returned during the WWE Money In The Bank Premium Live event. We will have to wait and see when The Leader of Cenation will be making his return to WWE television once again.

What’s your take on this story? Do you miss seeing John Cena on WWE television? Let us know in the comments!

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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