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John Cena calls Roman Reigns a “corporately created Cena bootleg” during contract signing on RAW

RAW GM Kurt Angle came down to the ring for a contract signing for the match between Roman Reigns and John Cena at No Mercy. Cena came joined Angle in the ring and stated that this match was the reason that he came to WWE RAW. Cena claimed that Roman Reigns has been protected ever since joining the WWE as a “blue chip prospect”. Cena said that he is the one guy that there is no protection from. Cena said that he knows Roman Reigns doesn’t want to fight him and signed the contract.

Roman Reigns then made his way down to the ring. Reigns approached the desk where the contract was and picked up a microphone. Reigns started to talk but the crowd began to boo. Reigns stated that John Cena is not as big of a deal that he thinks he is. Reigns boasted about retiring The Undertaker at WrestleMania. Roman said that is not that he doesn’t want to fight Cena, he just doesn’t need to.

Cena said that he is a polarizing figure because people want him to change the content of his character and turn heel. Cena then said that the WWE Universe sees Roman Reigns as a “cheap-ass corporately created John Cena bootleg”. Cena said that he is not The Undertaker, he is not a veteran at the end of his career with a bad hip. Cena said he is hungrier than ever and said that Reigns wont sign the contract because he knows when he does, his Roman Empire will be over.

Reigns called Cena the king of spinning things. Roman Reigns said that the crowd boos Cena because he sucks. Cena said that the crowd says Angle sucks too and Roman told him to shut up for a bit. Reigns paused during his promo and Cena said that “it is called a promo kid and that if you want to be the big dog you have to learn how to do them”. Reigns then called Cena a “phony” and a “fake bitch”. Reigns then called Cena a part-timer and said that he busts his ass every week while Cena shows up on the Today Show.

Reigns then said that Cena buries as much young talent as he can so he can stay on top in WWE. Roman said that Cena doesn’t like him because he knows he cannot bury him. Roman said that he doesn’t want to be the next John Cena because he is the one and only Roman Reigns. John Cena stated that Roman Reigns is a fool because he used the same pathetic excuse that every other Superstars in the past.

Cena congratulated Roman Reigns on taking 5 years to cut a half-way decent promo. Cena stated that the fans hold the keys to what Superstars get pushed. Cena said that he hasn’t main-evented WrestleMania in 5 years and was in the opening match at SummerSlam. Cena then said he was honored to hold the United States Championship and introduced WWE to new Superstars like AJ Styles and Kevin Owens. Cena accused Reigns of taking the US Championship as a demotion. Cena then said that he is still in WWE because Roman Reigns cannot do his job.

Cena said that he can do this as a part-timer better than Roman Reigns could ever do it full-time. Roman Reigns then signed the contract to make the match official for WWE No Mercy.

You can check out the segment in video below.


  • CC

    That does not change the fact he was a corporate creation. Reigns originally came in as part of The Shield where he was not forced down our throats, and was only when they split that he was. Pretty much the same deal as Cena. The Shield as a group were liked, including Reigns, but solo he has the most dislike.

  • JC Bolden

    Cena wasn’t at first his ruse was organic in the beginning. Once he came to raw and they toned him down it became different. People wanted Cena at first

  • CC

    Hogan was already an established star before Vince and WWF made him available to a bigger audience. He unlike Reigns and Cena had a career before WWE.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    What about Hulk Hogan.

  • MrDr3w

    The segment was incredible. Reigns probably knows that he sucks, and told John to lay into him. You could see that Cena pushing him actually gave him the fire that he had been missing. Now I’m actually looking forward to watching this thing play out. That’s why Cena is the man, folks. Not because he buries guys, but because he pushes guys to be better. Hopefully Reigns remembers everything he’s about to learn in the upcoming weeks and doesn’t fail himself like so many in the past.

  • MindTricked

    I loved the majority of this segment, and how they seemed to legitimately go after each other (but let’s face it – Reigns brought a butter knife to a gun fight)… but then they screwed it up completely with the bullshit tag-team match. Whomever thought that was a great idea to have Gallows and Anderson interrupt and then put that match together needs to be smacked. Completely murdered the momentum of the segment.

  • oppa

    I guess that would make Cena a swap meet version of The Rock.

  • CC

    I actually liked the “shoot” aspect of Cena’s promo, but there is an irony in him calling Reigns a corporately manufactured star. I don’t think there has ever been a bigger corporate creation in wrestling than John Cena.

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