John Cena Comments on WWE Talent-Burial Reputation


John Cena made interesting comments about the former WWE Superstars that have feuded with him.

Over the past few years, John Cena’s feuds have mostly been with younger talent, with the exception of The Miz or AJ Styles, who was 39 but still a “rookie” in WWE. More often than not, Cena has defeated these Superstars, giving him a reputation of not “putting others over” or “burying.”

Recently, Cena addressed this in an interview with The Wrap, commenting on those he’s worked with not being “as motivated” after they move on:

"This is why I have the reputation of quote-unquote “burying younger talent,” because I will let them do whatever they want with me — and then after they get done, they’re not as motivated. So, it’s not that I sink their ship, it’s that they fail to operate at an elite level. And I’m on to the next person, [to] whom I say, “Hey man, bring your best punch and I’m gonna punch back” — and they don’t take that attitude beyond me."

The logic here is interesting. If Cena’s letting his opponents use any move on him, then there’s potential restrictions on working with others. Could the change lead to the lack of motivation from these Superstars?

For the most recent talents Cena has defeated, there’s Rusev and Kevin Owens in 2015. The former worked a months-long feud with the Face That Runs the Place, including a United States Championship match at WrestleMania 31. This saw Cena win the belt and defeat Rusev in another rematch.

As for Owens, he worked with Cena in his first main roster program. KO won their first match at Elimination Chamber 2015, but lost the subsequent two bouts at Money in the Bank and Battleground.

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Did you notice a change in the Superstars that worked with Cena? Which ones in particular?