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John Cena: Undertaker vs. Michaels at WM 25 Is the Greatest Match I’ve Seen

May 29, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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– John Cena recently spoke with The Playback Podcast (via wrestlinginc.com), here are the highlights…

On Triple H Establishing NXT as a Viable Third Brand: “Yeah, people don’t understand it’s a business of creativity and I’m wearing a suit right now because I’m comfortable in a suit. Everyone’s like, ‘ah, dress casual.’ This is my casual. I don’t mind being in a suit. I have a more Vince [McMahon] style than I have a Triple H style, but you get to be creative. What Triple H has done with NXT is literally creating another functioning brand for the company. That is awesome! Like, I tell him all the time. I’m fascinated by the growth and development. It’s amazing to see them run two functional brands now we legit have a third that we can set up in a town for one of our big four pay-per-views and sell out five days in a row. That’s unheard of in the ticket-tearing business. That’s unheard of.”

On Wanting To Give Advice At The WWE Performance Center: “I would love to do something like that and I don’t even mean in that major of a capacity. I live very close to the [WWE] Performance Center in Orlando [Florida]. I would love to just go there everyday and give advice.” Cena continued, “I love going to the Performance Center every once in a while and just giving a way left field look of, ‘I know you’re being told this by your coaches, I’ll drop, like, some weird fortune cookie moments on them and just about-face and leave and everyone’s scratching their heads going, ‘what happened?’. I like that too, man. You don’t have to be in charge of creativity to be around the creativity. I just love the creativity of the [pro wrestling] business.”

On His Greatest Moment: “The answer to my greatest match question is always the same. It’s my next one because that means I can continue doing what I love. My favorite moment is obviously when Nicole said she would marry me in front of 75,000 [people] at the Citrus Bowl.”

On The Best Match He’s Ever Seen: “The greatest match I’ve ever seen? Hmm… Undertaker/Shawn Michaels, the first time, WrestleMania. That’s the one I had to follow and I remember sitting in the gorilla position with Big Show and Edge. We had the triple threat [match] at the time. And they just went out and crafted a masterpiece, an absolute masterpiece. And I remember Big Show being so nervous and Edge was a little bit upside-down because those guys took their time and they were taking time from us.” Cena continued, “and we got cut a little bit and I knew in my heart that we’d be fine and there’s an iconic moment where I lift up Adam [Copeland] and Paul [Wight], Big Show and Edge, and that’s all anyone remembers, but they remember that. And I remember the feeling of just watching this, going, ‘this is the best match I’ve ever seen! This is the best match I’ve ever seen! This is the best match I’ve ever seen! This is the best match I’ve ever seen. s–t. I have to follow this.”