Friday, January 25, 2013

John Cena talks WWE Royal Rumble in Phoenix

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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