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JBL Speaks – The Different Reactions John Cena Gets, State Of Tag Team Wrestling

John “Bradshaw” Layfield appeared on Busted Open with Dave Lagreca and Doug Mortman, which airs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Sirius 94 and XM 208 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Visit for more information. Highlights are as follows:

Inducting Ron Simmons into the WWE Hall of Fame: “All of the speech came from the heart. As far as the structure of it, I thought ‘I’m just telling the truth about my best friend.’ I thought this was going to be very easy, but then I started realizing how important the situation was. This was the first black heavyweight champion. This is a guy who was probably the best nose tackle of all-time in college football. I’m inducting a real legend, which sometimes I lose fact of because he is my very best friend.

“I had to take a step back and think ‘I’ve got a place in history here, doing something for somebody who’s done something really phenomenal.’ The first guy to break through that color barrier in professional wrestling; this is an incredible individual. There was a little bit of planning because when I first thought about it, I thought I could do this off-the-cuff. And a lot of it did come off-the-cuff, but a lot of it was a bit of planning to make sure I represented Ron in the best way.”

The state of tag team wrestling: “To be honest, I don’t know a lot about it. It comes on so late in Bermuda that I’ve just started watching the shows again, TIVO’ing them, and what I’ve seen recently on the show is that you’re starting to see some tag teams, but things go in cycles. During [my] time period, I don’t think tag teams emerged because they wanted them to. They just emerged because the characters got together. They weren’t doing anything with Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. They were just mid-card guys kind of like me and Ron were being used, and all of a sudden you stick us together, and it meshes. You stick Billy Gunn and Road Dogg together, and it just clicked. Hunter and Shawn, same thing. They were obviously main event guys, but they were put together and all of a sudden, the chemistry clicked.

“Then you add a couple of guys who out of the blue, you couldn’t factor in. The Hardys and Edge and Christian, who come along at the same time period and all of a sudden, they take off like crazy. I don’t think you can plan that. That just happened. When you have something like Stone Cold, that just happened. The Rock just happened. I don’t think you can necessarily plan and say ‘OK, this year we’re going have a good tag team division.’ I think you can say ‘This year, we’re going to try to emphasize the tag team division and hope someone steps up,’ but I don’t think that’s something that consciously is a decision made by the WWE.”

The different reactions John Cena receives: “Everybody has a response. When Rocky Maivia first became The Rock, it was because he failed miserably, but at least people cared. We’ve had a lot of people who have failed miserably that nobody cared about. They go out there and they’re just not over. Rocky not only didn’t go over, but the fans were chanting ‘Rocky sucks!’ They hated him as a good guy, but everybody had a feeling. With John Cena, everybody has a feeling.

“Whether you dislike his character a little bit or a lot, whether you love it a little bit or a lot, everybody has a feeling about Cena. When he comes in the arena, whether you’re sitting by someone who loves him or somebody who hates him, they’re going to be very vocal, and that’s what you want out of a champion and I think he’s done a wonderful job as far as tweaking his character. He has a great feel for where he’s going, and he’s got great insight in what he’s doing.”

  • Rocky

    No JBL that isnt what you want.What you want is the good guy THE DAMN FACE OF THE COMPANY to get a positive reaction.

    You make the comparison to The Rock, but guess what, when Rock got the negative reactions HE CHANGED HIS FREAKING CHARACTER !!!!

  • ant

    wowww only a dumb ass would dislike my comment above ^^^ smh internet marks kills me nowadays

  • xXx

    as much as i want cena to turn heel i don’t think it’ll come soon as he does make a wish grants and all that stuff. wwe thinks that the philanthropy he does will plummet if he turns heel..

  • ant

    yeah but what some people dont understand is how do u get Cena over as a LEGITAMITE heel i mean the guys a generally nice guy making appearences at schools and the make a wish foundation supporting the troops in afghaniatan i mean how do u turn someone like that into a bad guy cuz i cant see it honestly

  • Wellsy

    The difference between The Rock and John Cena though is when Rocky didn’t get over, they turned him heel. When he started getting boos towards the end of his last championship, they brought him back as a Hollywood heel.
    Cena has been getting boos as the top baby face for 7 years. They still haven’t turned him heel. Everyone is sick to the teeth of what is basically a merchandise advert. Turning him heel, even for a few months, could completely freshen up the product and sell even more merchandise for other people.

  • Robinson

    Yea but look what turning heel did for the rock, it could do the same for cena.

  • SYM

    JBL is right and I feel that the whole Rocky Maivia thing that its perfectly fine because Almost Every Great Wrestler in the WWE’s History has had a Failed Gimmick.