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John Cena on WWE Talents Having a Chance To Step Up, Hulk Hogan on Vince at His Birthday

– Scott Fishman of The Miami Herald has an article up on Hulk Hogan and John Cena from their interviews during WWE SummerSlam weekend in Los Angeles. You can read the full interview at this link. Below are some highlights:

Hogan on his recent birthday segment on RAW:
“I got rattled when they played the package because I didn’t know what they were going to do. Vince [McMahon] likes to do the sneaky stuff without telling me. I was rattled when I saw the package and really fell apart reflecting on that time. Everybody from Flair to Piper to Orndorff was supposed to come out and say stuff. Nobody got to say anything. When Hall and Nash got to the ring WWE was saying no promos. No promos? I thought you had to have Hall’s ‘Hey Yo.’ Then there had to be the transition to sing the birthday song to lead to [Brock] Lesnar coming out. The whole thing wasn’t going down the way we thought it was, but we had some old pros in there to pull it off. It was very emotional.”

Hogan on Vince McMahon making an appearance after RAW went off the air:
“I didn’t expect that. Nobody told me that was going to happen. I thought Vince was for sure going to throw the cake at me, and I was going to dive into the cake, but he was cool. He gave me a big hug. It was just a great night. It really was.”

Cena on new talents having the chance to step up:
“This is their moment. They have to do their best to capture it…It’s been interesting to see the change in the business and how we recruit talent. The money and resources WWE has put forth with the Performance Center shows they are absolutely serious about finding talent, recruiting them and making them the best they can be. This way when they are called up to appear on ‘Monday Night Raw,’ they are ready to go.”

Cena on a possible match against Hogan:
“I do what I love, so when you wake up everyday, it’s not a job… A dream opponent for me would be Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and Sting. I’m not sure if I could ever get in the ring with any of them, but you have heard Hogan say in the past, if he had one last match, he would want it to be against me. I say as a Hulk-a-Maniac growing up that would be the biggest honor I’ve ever received.”

  • drew

    No no guys come on, what he is saying is young talent need to push themselves to the limit to get over, like Daniel Bryan, then when they get extremely over, Cena will come out on his own behalf and during a promo mention you as hard working but somehow make it feel like it’s only due to Cena himself that the new talent is over.
    Then throw his gf and her sister into a spotlight they are clearly not now or ever will be ready for

  • EaterofWorlds

    So basically what he’s saying is he’s run out of people to bury and needs some fresh meat to devour.

  • Pissed Off Fan =(

    As for the younger talent, I’ve read that Cena is hard on the younger talent. I don’t really blame him because when he was coming up he had guys like APA, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit and all those guys giving him a hard time. It’s probably one of those things that help show who really wants to be here and who doesn’t. I think WWE has had a good talent pool to pick from for about the last 2 years or so? Maybe even within the last 3? The thing is, they don’t push them. Cena always has to win and be champ. I get him and Orton are seen as the top guys but what about the younger talent? Guys like Ryback, Bad News Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Damian Sandow, Curtis Axel, Brodus Clay…these are guys they can make big names anc champions out of.

  • Pissed Off Fan =(

    It’s funny because in an old interview with Howard Stern, Cena even says that his dad was the one who was the fan of wrestling and not him. Personally, I hate when guys who didn’t grow up a fan/watching the product are the ones that get pushed to the very top