John Cena: “I don’t think there’s a universal figure that will lead the WWE forward.” Says he was the last one-man band in the company and no one individual will be the face of WWE in the future.
John Cena began his career back in 2002 when he confronted Kurt Angle and proceeded to have a dream debut. He won his first WWE Championship back in 2005 and became the face of the company for a good part of the decade. He was easily the most recognized wrestler and was instantly identified with the company. However, the 16-time champ believes that the days of one leading the company ended with him. He believes that there will be multiple people leading the charge simultaneously due to the diversity of the audience that watch WWE.
Cena spoke to the crowd at BookCon ’19 over the weekend to promote “Elbow Grease.” During the Q&A session, he was asked who he sees as someone that could become “The next John Cena.”
“For the longest time, if you considered WWE a band, there’s been one front person of the band,” he replied. “I think that dynamic is changing. It is because the audience is too diverse. I think older males are watching it, younger kids are watching it, females are watching it. The audience is so diverse, so with a diverse audience it’s tough to universally please someone.”
He explained that the WWE has had a certain demographic in the past and there have been men who have led the charge. However, the company has expanded so much that many people will now have to shoulder the responsibility of being the face of the company.
“I don’t think there’s a universal figure that will lead the company forward,” he added. “I think as the company grows, and especially expands globally, you’re gonna have like a ‘Super Friends’ of the WWE. Which is like people who are essentially fighting for equal share of popularity. I think the band, essentially, will have ten lead singers of every different race, creed, color, sex, and ethnicity. I believe I was kind of the last of that.”