John Cena reflects on his brutal promo on Austin Theory pre WrestleMania 39.
On a March edition of Monday Night RAW earlier this year, John Cena came face to face with Austin Theory in a segment where Cena verbally eviscerated the then United States Champion.
Cena was criticized heavily in the wake of the promo, as he had brought a lot of attention to Theory’s weaknesses as a performer and despite Theory coming away with the victory at WrestleMania 39, the victory felt hollow in the wake of the brutal promo.
Speaking on WWE After The Bell, Cena reflected on the promo, remarking there was nothing in the promo he would not have said to the United States Champions face backstage.
My biggest fear was apathy. That non-focused silence. There is even the sound of focused silence, but that non-focused silence is when you’re dead in the water. It was one of my main points, the last time we spoke, back when I was speaking about Austin Theory. Nothing I said to Austin out there, I wouldn’t say to his face. We still talk on a regular basis and I still try to bestow on him advice. I think he’s working more towards connecting with the audience, but I could hear the silence of apathy when he would perform. I know it is because I had plenty. I single-handedly ruined the Ruthless Aggression Era by completely failing, being the Ruthless Aggression guy and failing. I know what apathetic silence sounds like and that was my one fear,”John Cena
Cena most recently competed at WWE Crown Jewel on November 4th, when he lost to Solo Sikoa in singles action.
Theory has been currently working a tag team angle with Grayson Waller and did not feature on the Saudi Arabian Premium Live Event.
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