John Cena Says That Randy Orton is The Best Performer of Our Generation

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 12, 2009

As we are getting closer and closer to Wrestlemania XXV, I've been keeping a close eye on the two Superstars that I feel would create the best main event the WWE could give us. In a recent interview, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena highly praised his arch rival Randy Orton.

Here are some exerpts from his interveiw with The Sun (U.K.)

Randy Orton has been on an incredible roll as of late. I know that you and Randy came up together. Did the two of you ever sit around in Ohio Valley Wrestling and say, “One day, we’ll be headlining WrestleMania?":

"No. As a matter of fact, when we were in OVW, we thought we wouldn’t make it out of Kentucky. I don’t want to say we were two lost souls, but we were surrounded by talent that was one of the greatest developmental units to ever be assembled. I think WWE started the developmental system in the mid ’90s, and that class of 2000 through ’02 I think is the most successful that has ever been. We were literally just two average guys among some very gifted performers, and never once did we think we’d be headlining WrestleMania."

What do you think about Orton’s performances recently?:

"I’ve said this before and I said this before his—what is this, his fifth or sixth “breakout?”—that he is the best guy we’ve got. He is certainly the best performer of my generation.


I have to say that I was impressed by John Cena's comments. Say what you will about the man, but he has always been one of the most humble men in the industry and has never been selfish enough to become reluctant when giving praise. For him to have come out and straight up say that Randy Orton is the best the business was highly admirable, in my opinion.

What people have to realize is that there is a great respect between these two men. They have been working together ever since 2001 and have become good friends in the process. You certainly wouldn't know it by watching them perform together but there can be no question that the years they have spent together have translated very well into the ring.

Randy Orton and John Cena have been main eventing house shows and putting on spectacular dark matches after Raw has gone off the air. These are perfect signs that would build to a quality main event match at WrestleMania XXV.

I watched both men compete (not against each other) at a house show in 2002 when they were both on the same program and I knew even back then that both of these men would have a bright future in the industry.

I certainly would have never predicted that they would main event WrestleMania together but after watching both Superstars progress over the years, I must say that it has become quite refreshing to see the WWE create a rivalry that will one day go down as the best of our generation.