John Cena has always been known as the nice guy. John is the ‘boy next door’ if you will. While many praise John in and out the ring, there are some that will bury John and have horror stories about the future hall of fame legend. Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns Winner Leaks.
Former WWE Superstar and member of The Nexus, Michael Tarver says he had issues with Cena during his run in the company. Michael wasn’t much too happy with the 16x champ.
Let’s start by taking a time machine backwards…Michael Tarver competed as a rookie in the first season of NXT. He then made his main roster debut on WWE RAW in 2010 alongside other rookies during a match between John Cena and CM Punk. The group, which later became known as The Nexus, attacked everyone in sight and dismantled the ring area.
During a recent discussing with Sassy Stephanie on her Talkin’ Sass podcast, Tarver spoke about the backstage heat he had in WWE.
Michael stated about John: “[The backstage heat] was never direct. A lot of people would come up to me and would like tell me, ‘Hey, there’s big plans for you. Like there’s a lot of people very impressed with you. Just keep your head up’ because everyone saw that I had heat with one person in particular. Everyone saw it and it was just, it was obvious.”
He revealed that the person he had heat with was John Cena and everyone in the locker room turned on him because of it.
Michael continues: “Oh everyone knows who it is, you just can’t see him. Yeah, yeah, so it was [John] Cena. I don’t have any heat with Cena now. I make jokes about it but, there was a target on my back. I don’t know why he targeted me but it is what it is but, you know, we ended up on good terms. We ended up on good terms. Yeah, I had to defend myself a lot. But, everyone was high on me and all of a sudden they all turned on me and I’m like why are — people wouldn’t shake my hand, they wouldn’t speak to me. Like all the top guys, I go shake their hands and they would just fade me in front of everybody.”
Michael Tarver also said that WWE stars such as Booker T, Mark Henry, MVP, and Teddy Long would pull him aside and give him some advice regarding his heat with John Cena.