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John Cena Discusses Ryder Revolution And Feud With The Rock

Chad Dukes of 106.7 The Fan DC’s Lavar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes does a wrestling show (The Chad Dukes Wrestling Show) on Friday nights. On November 16th Chad did an interview with John Cena. Here is a link to the show’s twitter ( and a blog post about the interview on the show website ( The interview is included in the post. Below is a quick transcription of the highlights of the interview, where Cena covers his view of the feud with The Rock brewing before Wrestlemania and putting over Zack Ryder.

On Zach Ryder’s career path and his support for him:

Chad Dukes: You were putting over Zach Ryder before Zach Ryder was cool…Just curious why that is; what did you see in Zach Ryder to say this is a guy I want ot make sure gets his spotlight on Raw?

John Cena: You’re probably going to censor me out but I saw a set of balls. I saw a kid in an era in which everyone is afraid to show their talents. This kid was like ‘You know what; I’m going down anyway so I’m going down swinging.’ And I’ve been in that spot before. I’ve been told by everyone ‘You’re nothing; You’re not going to be anything; Hey how you feel about doing this rap thing?’ If I’m going down, I’m going down swinging. So I really, I saw a lot of that in him. I honestly, whether he’s battle tested and ready for the next level, I’m not into that sort of speculation. I just like seeing a kid with a set of nuts who is just ready to throw it out on the line and risk it all, rather than ‘Hey man I just don’t want to rock the boat and I don’t want to do anything that’s going to draw attention to myself.’ We’re in the business of drawing attention to yourself. So when I see a kid like Zach Ryder- by the way you have to follow him on twitter @ZachRyder…- the kid is, he’s just one of those guys that was willing to take a chance. And I admire that quality out of people. Its something that’s not found enough in the WWE locker room.

Chad Dukes: Do you see [Zach Ryder]…being a figure that’s out there and ‘you’re the main event’ on a Monday Night RAW or Friday Night Smackdown?

John Cena: Well, honestly, that’s up to Zach Ryder. And I really like the fact that he was like ‘I really don’t care about the next step, I care about the first step.’ The cool thing about Zach is he has made that first step. And so many guys speculate on “What if I do this, then this is going to happen.” F it, like just make the first step. So now, Zach has to realize that he’s got some steam going and realize how he got the steam going in the first place, and then take it to the next step. Bu the fact that he threw speculation out the window and took a dive into the deep end and really did something that wasn’t being done and made an impression, that’s great. I think the biggest thing for him is maybe these upcoming weeks or months leading up towards Wrestlemania I think it would be a huge victory if you would see Zach Ryder on the Wrestlemania card.

On his feud with The Rock and they’re upcoming match at Survivor Series:

Chad Dukes: I got to ask one last thing about your feud with The Rock. Are there any parameters set up? Have you guys had a conversation? Because this is not just ‘Hey brother I’m going to kick your ass’ type f stuff going on, it gets personal. And you call him out for not being there and he calls you out for things, and it looks like you guys are really willing to say whatever you need to get this feud over with the fans. Which you don’t need to do anyway, who doesn’t want to see John Cena and The Rock at Wrestlemania. But were there any parameters going into this thing saying ‘this is out of bounds, this is off limits?’ Because it doesn’t look like it…

John Cena: Well I think if we’re both professionals and Ill say this with the utmost of integrity, Rock is a future Hall of Famer. He’s had an illustrious career in the WWE. He’s now a bona-fide box office superstar. If anybody is at fault for waving the personal trigger its me, just because I get a little testy about some of the stuff that he’s been quoted as saying in the past, some of the stuff he’s quoted as saying on our broadcast. I get testy about that, because I work for the WWE full time. I work for the WWE all the time. I will work for the WWE when I cant physically perform for the WWE. As long as there is a brand to work for, I want to be involved in it. I love the company, I love the people who run it, I love its administration, I love success stories like Zach Ryder. I love being there to see that and develop before my eyes. Whether I’m a part of it, whether I’m helping it or whether I’m just a third wheel watching someone succeed. And everybody knows that I have a little bit of a discrepancy with the way Dwayne handles himself. And every once and a while when things get too tense I bring something up that I probably shouldn’t. But, you know, sometimes your personality gets the best of you and if they’re going to remember this feud for eternity- which I really think they are, like you said it’s the match that everyone has to see- at least at the end of the day I’ll have got my point across. Yea, so I’ve already apologized to Dwayne, not only on twitter but in person about some of the stuff I said. It was unprofessional but in the heat of the moment sometimes you let your heart pour out rather than thinking with your head. And I have a feeling it’s probably not the last you’ve heard of me saying all that stuff.

  • 27mavs

    The Rock has already worked for WWF/E full time, so screw Cena. The reason why Rock never will fully return to action is because there’s no competition that poses a real threat to Rock & why would Rock want to ruin his legacy with the crap matches & superstars WWE currently has. Cena said he’s going to be with WWE until he can no longer perform physically, bullshit, you know if given the opportunity from a major movie company (not WWE Films) that Cena would do the same as Rock did, but he knows it will never happen because he sucks at acting. Go Rock at Wrestlemania.

  • Buttercastle

    At least spell Zack Ryder’s name right.

  • Bawb


    I agree with some of what you say, but how am I an “idiot?” lol And yeah, you’re talking gimmicks, not actual self-praise within a real life interview. Idiot.

  • ep1zon3

    ayo ayo, let me make this clear, i like cena, face/heel, but as a face hes just not cutting it for me, only thing is hes big. As a heel i can feel that…im from englewood new jersey 100% colombian let him get on that microphone!!!
    here we go again, peep this out, as a lil kid it was hogan for most of us, as i grew older i grew out of it, nuthin against hbk or bret hart…..but when the rock came into his own, he captivated me, as well as the millions…..and i do mean millions of fans!!!!!!!!!! no disrespect to austin because this is his league, but without the rocks intensity and love, hunger, sweat, tears, charisma, n the list goes on, it just wouldnt have been the same, and everyone else , HHH, undertaker, mankind, kane, yadayada!! cena as a face is 1 dimensional and yea he makes wwe money, but at times its not always about immidiete money but rather longevity!!!! and i undertstand majority wins, but let him get diverse and start rapping again, it will be beneficial for everyone. and like i said the rock, for crying out loud he beat hogan which is immortal, and he was austins immidiate rival, his compition, key word compition! and a perfect example of longevity is undertaker, he wasnt forced down everyones throughts, besides he stood the hands of time!!!!! sorry if i dont make ne sense, but im just tryna get back into it

  • Ray

    It scares you guys that CM Punk is confident in himself? I’m sorry but if I had -half- the talent on the mic or wrestling ability he did? I’d probably brag day in and day out and make sure the whole freakin’ world knows about it.

    CM Punk is humble about how good he is. He’s not cocky. Nor is he really over-confident. He’s a fact. He’s a solidified great wrestler, great on the mic and is single-handedly, and I do mean single-handedly with that pipe-bomb of his, changing the way things are going.

  • Steve

    That’s Punk’s gimmick, though. Cena is just blowing himself.

  • Pissed Off Fan

    Ryder winning the US title at Mania 28.. NOW THAT WOULD BE ZACKTASTIC!

  • venom


    I like Punk but I agree he is starting to get full of himself ever since MITB ppv.

  • Tombstonepiledriver

    Your both idiots. Yeah Rock brings it—–Via Satellite. Glad he is back for a short time, I really do like the rock. But get real, hes only there for self promotion. And Bawb, Cena doesnt seem nearly as full of himself as some do, Like CM Punk (im the greatest in the world) The Miz (im awesome), The Rock (need i even explain this one?) and many others.

  • Great One

    “Its not the last you will hear of me saying that”

    Ofcourse it isnt Cena, because thats all you fucking have. OH Rock im here your not your not. Thats the bullshit we have heard for the last 6 months from Cena. Every single time.

    Guess what John, fans would rather have one episode a year of The Rock than 52 of you. Want to know why? Cause he brings it. Cena doesnt, he just cruises through and is the same week in, week out.

  • jack kass

    i hope cena comes outta the closet by the end ofthe fued

  • Bawb

    As hardworking as Cena is, and I do respect that, I can’t stand his constant praise of himself and of the “universe.” It’s too much obsessive self-adulation already.