August 23, 2009
John Cena sat down for an interview with Sporting News Radio this past Thursday before he threw out the first pitch prior to the Dodgers-Cubs game at Dodger Stadium Thursday night. The interview ran today on the Sports Saturday Show with Joe McDonnell and Bob Berger on Sporting News Radio. When he was interviewed he received a loud ovation…then proceeded to bounce the pitch to the plate. The catcher was Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly…Cena’s favorite player when he was a kid. Cena said that even though he grew up a Red Sox fan, he’s more of a baseball fan overall and that even though Mattingly was a Yankee, he loved watching Donny Ballgame play.
He was asked about the controversy he started by backing the Tampa Bay Rays during the post-season last year against the Red Sox. He said that there’s no controversy–he’s a Rays fan plain and simple. He says he still has good feelings about the Red Sox and watches as many games as he can. But when he moved to the Tampa area he fell in love with the team and has become friends with some of the players and that the organization has treated him really well.
He said that he was outspoken to Vince McMahon and others about moving WWE programming toward the PG rating. He said he feels very strongly about the product being consistently family friendly.
He loved being back in LA for SummerSlam. He said that he tries to get back to LA as often as he can and hang with friends he met when he was wrestling there.
He said that he wants badly to win the championship from Randy Orton. He said that he and Orton are the cornerstones of their generation of WWE Superstars. Orton is the most gifted wrestler he’s seen since Shawn Michaels. But he doesn’t like what Orton represents–in or out of the ring. Has a problem with the way Orton conducts himself. He then said that he wasn’t joking–he really doesn’t like him. His dislike is “extremely legitimate. There’s no love lost between us.” Respect, yes. Like, no. You decide how legit that is. He went on to say that it’s also been waaay too long since he had gold around his waist and that he misses being able to say “The Champ is Here!”
He feels that SummerSlam is on its way to becoming a “junior version of Wrestlemania” with “a truly star-studded card.” Yes, he said that, about this show.
Concerning the Dwayne Johnson controversy he said, “I’m really happy for Dwayne. The problem is that I’m a huge fan of his and his WWE personality, and speaking as a selfish fan, I wish I had him back. And speaking as a selfish fan, when I tell you I love this business and I’m never leaving, well, that’s the same thing Dwayne Johnson said. (Note from Dave: When did Johnson say that?) And now he’s obviously NEVER coming back. He’s a successful actor (who’s making) good movies. But when some guys say they love this business and won’t leave, then they do, that makes it hard for people to take me at my word. He just made it a little bit tougher for me. There’s no bad blood. I certainly would like to have him comeback. Wrestlemania is in Phoenix next year, and if he wants to show up I’d be happy to wrestle him. But I have a feeling that’s never going to happen.”
To be honest, I think its a great thing he was a major initiative and spoke out about the company becoming PG. It shows that he knows what’s best for the company. Obviously other things would have factored in, but it still shows that John was a major part. Shows good business on his part; he knew exactly where the market was to capitalize.