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John Cena Speaks On 10 Years In WWE, Being A Role Model, Future Plans

John Cena celebrates ten years on the WWE roster today. On June 27, 2002, he answered an open challenge from Kurt Angle, kicking off a championship filled career. Cena reflects on his decade of destruction in an interview with

Recalling his debut match against Angle, Cena stated, “Literally, I just needed to get through the curtain. I was in shambles that whole day. First, I was told I was going to have a match at 4:00 that afternoon. Then, I was told that I needed to get my hair cut, and I was sent offsite to get that done. I made it back just in time, and everyone was flipping their lid. Randy Orton had tied my boots to a locker in the Allstate Arena [laughs], and basically, I had a giant smile on my face when I got to go through the curtain … because I knew I could no longer be messed with [laughs].”

When asked which moments most spring to mind when looking back at his ten years as a WWE Superstar, he does not name one. Rather, “To be honest … being able to say that I make a living doing this has been the greatest experience in these 10 years. It’s pretty spectacular.”

Cena admits that when he started his career, he did not imagine that children would look up to him as a role model.

“If you look at who I was four, six years ago, I was pretty racy. I was the king of “pipe bombs” before “pipe bombs” were invented. I consciously knew our product, I consciously saw our audience, and I made a decision that I’d live my life by a certain set of ideals, that I was just going forward in this direction. Whoever was with me was with me, and we’d go from there. It ended up being a good deal,” he says. “I’m very flattered when I meet parents – whether it’s Make-A-Wish or parents with their kids on the street – and they’re like, “Hey, thanks for letting us watch WWE. You’re a very good role model. Just keep doing what you’re doing.”

Cena also revealed that he has his sights set on breaking Ric Flair’s record number of of World Championship reigns.

“I know the number 16 is put on a pedestal, and I’m quite a ways away from that. But that would be something to shoot for,” he says. “And when or if 16 happens, or number 17 happens, then 20 becomes the number to shoot for. That’s what I love about doing this.”

Cena is asked, “Would you say that, 10 years later, you’re still just getting started? What do you think about the next 10 years?”

He responds, “I’d say that I’m here [laughs]. I truly know myself, and I try so hard to understand every aspect of WWE every day. There isn’t a day that goes by in WWE that I am not learning something new about this company. So after 10 years, as far as me learning, I’m just getting started. There’s always something to learn.”

The full interview is available here.

  • T-Strings

    Who cares on who is who just make ur comment and be done with it Cena is a good guy if u like great if u don’t that’s fine too who cares everyone is entitled to their own opinion

  • john

    wish cena would simply fuck off!!

  • Nitro

    I just can’t stand anything realted to “Supercena” but still no one can deny the longevity and the passion he has, Hogan was the top draw for less time I guess before Yokozuna kicked him out, and Steve Austin’s time at the top was no more than 3 years, the only one who can rival Cena’s time as the top draw is fellow Rick Bassman student Sting, he was the top guy in WCW for nearly all of its existence

  • Pierrepoint

    I didn’t realise that multiple extra marital affairs were a criteria for being a role model.

  • Banjo

    Rikishi, just shut up

  • Jedi Master Yoda

    Clouded your mind is. Me dont rant about things, no no. Quick intelligent responses is the Jedi way, yes yes. Yoda is not JohnCena33, no no. Yoda on the light side of the force, JohnCena33 on the dark side hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Sorry you think that way, but you are wrong, yes yes.

  • SYM

    JohnCena33 and that Yoda Guy are the same people. They want attention just ignore them. And the day Cena breaks Flairs Record is the day WWE won’t be that Top Wrestling Organization. They’ll be the Top PG Wrasslin Organization.

  • xXx

    @an earlier comment.. isn’t JBL the wrestling god?

  • shawn

    i used to buy bags of nuts and throw them at people because of him. now i just …sit and watch.

  • Justin sane

    I remeber reading comments about Cena here a few years back (before it was cool to hate him) people used to defend him. Talkinging about how the wwe holds him back and doesn’t let him be as good as he was as the prototype by limiting his moves to just five. Hmmm guess times change cause the I hate cenas will come in soon.

  • Jedi Master Yoda

    John Cenawalker is very respectable man, but JohnCena33 is tarnishing for all what he stands for, hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • JohnCena33

    Cena was racy back then and really he did invent the so called “pipe bombs”

  • JohnCena33

    “I’m very flattered when I meet parents – whether it’s Make-A-Wish or parents with their kids on the street – and they’re like, “Hey, thanks for letting us watch WWE. You’re a very good role model. Just keep doing what you’re doing.”


  • Jedi Master Yoda

    Stupid this JohnCena33 is, very stupid, yes yes.

  • JohnCena33


  • JohnCena33

    I could see Cena wrestling for another 10 years and breaking Flairs record.

  • JohnCena33

    You either love him or hate him, but we all Respect him.