John Cena talks WWE Royal Rumble in Phoenix
WWE is no stranger to Phoenix, but the Royal Rumble has never been held in the Valley until now. The winner gets a guaranteed championship match at WrestleMania; followers get to see their heroes in person and participate in a fan fest that leads up to the big event.
John Cena, a straight-talking WWE star, actor and sometime rapper, called to plug the event.
Question: Does your training intensify with an event like this?
Answer: No, because we have so many events every year. It’s kind of standard fare to us, but the Royal Rumble is special because it signifies the road to WrestleMania.
Q: So this really is a big deal for you guys?
A: Absolutely. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. Winning the Royal Rumble is as big an accomplishment as anything.
Q: Are these kind of events fun for you?
A: Believe it or not, I like the Rumble. It’s extremely unpredictable and over-the-top. Everyone in the WWE universe looks forward to it. It becomes that one event each year where people center around.
Q: Who are you rooting for?
A: I’m torn. CM Punk has been the champion for quite a long time now, but I know from my past instances with Dwayne Johnson that he’s very difficult to beat.
Q: Your in-the-ring relationship with Dwayne Johnson isn’t always smooth. Do those kind of grudges carry over out of the ring?
A: A lot more than people would think. People think it’s one big happy family, but attitude and egos do get in the way.
Q: How do you stay grounded?
A: I like to think I’ve done my best. You are pulled in a bunch of different directions, but I never rest on my accomplishments.
Q: Speaking of different directions, you’ve done some music and acting. Is there more in your future?
A: If those opportunities arise, I think I would try to handle them one at a time. My home is at the WWE. I truly do love performing. The atmosphere here isn’t like anything else. It’s truly where I belong.
Q: You’re known as a very charitable guy. You were honored last year for fulfilling 300 wishes from Make-A-Wish children, which set a record.
A: WWE has a very strong affiliation with Make-A-Wish, and we can provide a great experience. It’s extremely flattering that for one wish a family would like to hang out with you. There’s nothing more flattering than that.
Q: Do you ever get choked up?
A: No, I have a lot of fun with the charity. The only time I ever get choked is when I’m at Make-A-Wish headquarters, because you’re talking and working with people who share the same ideals.
Q: Make-A-Wish is based in Phoenix, and WWE always seems to do well here.
A: I really want to thank the whole Phoenix-Scottsdale-Glendale area. It’s been a wonderful home for WWE for years. It’s only fitting that the official kickoff (on the road to WrestleMania) starts in Phoenix. It’s pretty much a fan fest.
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