– While promoting this weekend’s SummerSlam pay-per-view, Triple H talked with IGN about the mixed reaction that John Cena receives from the crowd.
“He is a polarizing character. The one thing about John is he is very true to he is. The guy that you see on WWE, the guy that you see in the ring, the guy you see on RAW every night is John Cena. He is true to who he is. He’s not unapologetic about it. He just is. Some people hate that, some people love that. Some people hate success, and it’s one thing in this industry that you have to be prepared for. Even if Daniel Bryan does pull it off on Sunday, then he is no longer the underdog. Some people will turn on him for that, because then he is exactly what he fought against. I think CM Punk’s struggled with that. CM Punk fought the system, and all of the sudden he was the Champion. “Now, wait a minute. You’re now what you said you didn’t like, in a way.” It’s a challenge, and that is a difficult thing. John has been that position and that figurehead for a long time. Some people hate that, some people love that. He’s always true to himself. But the fact of the matter is, he gets one of the loudest reactions every night from every aspect of the crowd, and that is across the board.”
Triple H also commented on Daniel Bryan having the “IT” factor:
“I think Daniel has an “it” factor to him. Daniel’s an extremely exciting competitor in the ring. He’s very technically sound, but in addition to that he’s also got a huge personality and a charisma to him and just a quality that you must see. You want to see him. He intrigues people, and I think that’s what being a WWE Superstar is all about. Not to quote CM Punk’s music, but it’s that cult of personality, and he has it. He has it, John Cena has it, CM Punk has it, Brock Lesnar has it, the biggest stars of this industry always have it. Daniel has it, now how does he parlay that? How does he take that personality and that charisma and turn it into the biggest thing possible, which is being the WWE Champion? Is he that good, does he have that ability? And that’s where it goes because, like Cena said, it’s getting there, and then it’s staying there. Getting there is a moment, staying there is a full-time process. Let’s hope he can get it all done. I’m excited to see it, I’m anxious to see it. There are not a lot of times where you feel like you’re on the edge of a momentum shift or on the edge of a “Wow, this could change everything” moment. That’s where we’re at on Sunday. We’re at the edge of that cliff of “Wow, this could change everything.” It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out.”