John Cena addresses frustration over recent WWE releases


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When John Cena got his start in the WWE, he understood that apart from Vince McMahon, no one was really safe.

While promoting his new HBO Max series Founder of Peace, John Cena was a guest on The Rich Iron Show to talk about different topics. When asked about the sheer volume of WWE releases lately, Cena tried to put the whole situation in perspective:

“When I started in WWE, WWE had just absorbed WCW and ECW,” said John Cena. “And the raw end also had two development areas, and the shift plans were plentiful, is probably a good word. So when I started in WWE, there were releases twice a year. And it created efforts for development talents. And it created effort for talents to try to make a name for themselves because we just knew that in a calendar year, shortly after WrestleMania and either before or after the holidays, there would be cuts. It has always been there, and it seemed to stop right around when we were really starting to redefine ourselves with our new school, I would say like the characters in the ‘Ruthless Aggression’ era. me, Brock [Lesnar], Randy [Orton], Dave [Bautista], as the guys began to anchor in and develop the program forward into the next decade and more. And we started to expand our reach, we started to have more programming.

“The talent lists started to get big. And then WWE’s hiring strategy, I think a lot of it could have – and that’s once again I’m not thinking about WWE. It’s just me who has a different perspective. I think , That much of it could have been a bit of a defensive hiring because there was and still is a huge boom right now in sports entertainment. People are absorbing this content. They’re getting engaged. People are making a name for themselves outside of WWE. no longer a one-stop-shop.So I think that with this stream of passionate people who love sports entertainment, people get a name for themselves outside of WWE, and if WWE feels they might fit into that world.They will try to give that person a chance.They are also really, really positive about continuing to hire new talent.So that NXT Performance Center is, I would not say, overwhelmed, but they have max capacity.So you have all these artists and many of them do not get a chance to perform.

“I think it’s the real frustrating thing, both for WWE and from a performer’s attitude. And unfortunately, in the end, it’s a business, and I remember when I started in WWE, I want to use the word lucky I was so lucky to be at the show in Atlanta where ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin was fired. And that moment right there. It shot through me like a cannon because I got the impression that if they could fire ‘Stone Cold ‘Steve Austin, unless your name was Vince McMahon, are all interchangeable. I think a lot of the frustration from the audience out there is that they watch sports entertainment the way I do. I love watching matches. I love seeing potential in people.I love seeing potential in artists and I see potential in everyone, especially when people start defining what they want to call a gimmick or personality.I love being able to try to run with it on conversations to see how far we can take it.

“But there are only so many places. There’s only so much programming, and I understand from a business point of view the amount of releases that have to happen if the company justifies it. ‘Hey, this is the step we’re taking We want fewer talents. ‘ It has very little to do with the profit margin. If the company’s strategy is to run on a slim roster. It does not matter. You run a slim roster. If the company’s strategy is to run a bold list, I can remember when we had stacks of artists, and the stock price was at seven dollars.It’s just a directive that the company got to run on a talent heavy duty roster or a talent power roster.

“And, of course, I know very well that this is a sensitive issue, and it will evoke perspective from everyone, and everyone is certainly entitled to their perspective. I think the sad thing here is that people who have this gift are not allowed to use it. And people are out of work, and it’s the absolute saddest thing that people can no longer work in a company that they called home for a period of time. I feel with everyone who has had to go in that direction, but all of us, including myself, our journey will eventually have an end, and when one is in it, one sometimes does not have that perspective.

“But I personally, from my early days in WWE, always had the perspective that it could be over tomorrow for all of us, because if they can fire Steve Austin, there’s no way I’m near his abilities. And that means they can fire me, but that’s just the culture I’ve been brought up in. I’ve been brought up in half-yearly cuts. And it happened all the time. And I just think WWE went through such a long period where they did not release anyone and now they are in a way getting back into the rhythm again that it’s a very abrupt shift to someone who is not familiar with it and my heart goes out. the sad news because it’s a difficult conversation to have. “

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