With Hulk Hogan at his side, John Cena has been WWE's salesman, spokesman and center of media attention heading into the company's biggest event of the year.
WrestleMania XXX may end up being Daniel Bryan's night, but Cena, in many ways, has been the face of the pay-per-view. He has been featured on Good Morning America, Nickelodeon and in the main event of recent house shows.
His position as WWE's most steady representative was most obvious at Tuesday's WrestleMania press conference.
WrestleMania Media Tour
After Batista's awkward one-man show-like performance, Cena took the mic and spoke about the lasting effect of WrestleMania moments.
As much as his critics harp on him for his weaknesses, representing WWE to the outside world like he does makes him a valuable asset. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter praised him for being "a real pro."
Cena's match against Bray Wyatt marks the first non-main event at WrestleMania since WrestleMania XXVI.
Earning a lower position on the card this year apparently doesn't bother him, though. He seems genuinely pumped to be a part of the event, even if it's not as the main name on the marquee.
Sam Roberts asked him in an interview if he was okay with not being in the main event. Cena told him, "I'd like to think that any match I'm in is the match."
His media tour also took him to Good Morning America, where he played an April Fool's Day prank on a fan. Before that, Amy Robach spoke about the fact that people were saying that Wyatt vs. Cena could steal the show.
Cena said, "Consider the show stolen."
The build for that upcoming match came up in an interview with a former member of WWE creative. What seemed like was going to be a crack at Cena's reliance at humor became something else entirely.
Bellas and Bray
Andrew Goldstein spoke about several things WWE in an interview on The Shoot (h/t WrestlingInc.com) and the focus shifted to Cena at one point. Goldstein said the following of the Cena/Wyatt story so far:
I don't think we needed the jokes but it didn't affect me as much this time because we haven't anybody approach Bray Wyatt like that yet. It was kinda cool to have Cena verbalize what a lot people sitting at home watching are sort of joking about with Bray Wyatt. I don't think it hurt the story because he came out last week and was more serious in tone.
Goldstein is being mighty forgiving here. Cena has held the narrative back at times with his childish humor.
When Cena has leaned more toward silliness, it has been a bad fit for his feud with Wyatt. The best moments have been when Cena has talked about how much he fears his opponent and what he stands for. It builds Wyatt up as being on Cena's level.
Goldstein is right in that this feud didn't need jokes. Cena, though, is a goof at heart. That's what makes him such a hit with kids.
He fit right in at the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards where he joined The Bellas in presenting the award for "Favorite Male Buttkicker."
The topic of his relationship with Nikki Bella has generated rumors. Bryan and Brie Bella's wedding date is April 11, per E! Online. Is Cena set to follow suit?
According to F4WOnline, via Nick Paglino of Wrestle Zone, "There are many in WWE who feel Total Divas is leading to an eventual wedding between John Cena and Nikki Bella."
The reality show would be a good spot to do that, as it will surely be a ratings booster. It would be far less intrusive to the WWE world compared to if they made their nuptials the main event of SummerSlam, a la Randy Savage and Elizabeth.
House Show Notes
Over the weekend, WWE gave Cena and Wyatt two opportunities to get more familiar with each other in the ring. That should benefit them come WrestleMania.
On March 28, Raleigh, N.C. hosted a WWE house show that featured a main event where "John Cena teamed with Goldust and Cody Rhodes to beat The Wyatt Family," per Al Kahn of PWInsider.
Two nights later, WWE headed to Norfolk, Va.
The March 30 live event saw Cena and Wyatt collide once more. Richard Gray of Wrestling News World reports that Cena teamed with the Rhodes brothers against The Wyatt Family. Cena won the match for his team with an Attitude Adjustment on Luke Harper.
Cena fans in Charlottesville, Va. didn't get to see him go up against Wyatt and his bearded clan
Of the March 29 house show, Derek Clark reports on PWInsider, WWE "announced that John Cena would not be there tonight, which received a lot of boos." He was busy at the Kid Choice Awards that night.
The former WWE champ is always in high demand for appearances and interviews. That is doubly true during WrestleMania season, where Cena has played the hype man for the event.
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