• “I’m the greatest storyteller of our generation” – Top WWE Star
Universal Champion Roman Reigns appeared on The Pat McAfee podcast to promote his SummerSlam 2021 main event match against John Cena.
Here’s what The Tribal Chief had to say about Cena challenging him:
“Man, like anybody at the top of their game or in an elevated position, I think there’s a polarizing effect. There’s a lot of good things John Cena has done… obviously Make-A-Wish, he’s a very charitable guy, but when it comes to our profession of sports entertainment, he’s levels below me in this game. You know what I mean? Entertainment is storytelling, right? I’m the greatest storyteller of our generation, of our time.
He’s a big name, he’s a big star, he’s a movie star now. But he, like so many other greats, they camouflage themselves. They disguise themselves. You see me every Friday night, I have to dull this sh*t down. You know what I mean? I come out there in some sweatpants and some J’s. I don’t have to throw on the crazy colors, wear wristbands all over my body. I don’t have to make myself something that I’m not.
So, you know, there are a lot of different things about John that I think we can all connect to, within the good things he does. But for me, if he would’ve just come here to promote his movie, ‘Suicide Squad, yah! It’s a good movie! Go watch it!’ You can open the show, you can pep up the crowd, do that and then I’ll stay in the main even where I belong, and I’ll close the show, and we’ll be done.
But he’s smart, you know what I’m saying? He’s smart. If I was him and I’m promoting a movie and I want to get that buzz, what do you do? You go to the Island of Relevancy, you go to The Tribal Chief, and you try to find the biggest thing cooking right now, and that’s me. So, he’s trying to use my name to promote his movies. So, (Suicide Squad director) James Gunn, you’re welcome.
Like I said man, we like John in the beginning of the show. Get ’em going, you know what I mean? Yell out, bring out that yelling charisma and get the crowd going. ‘I think we can be louder, town!’ And get them to scream again. That’s fun, right?
That’s a good time, but it’s gonna be an ugly night in Vegas, it’s gonna be like when you get smashed at the table. You’re up big, and you feel like, ‘Oh man, we’re going home with some money!’ And then you keep going…if he was smart, he’d cash out right now. We’ll give him this Friday, have fun, let’s go cut promos on each other, let’s have fun, make some money, but cash out, just go.
Go to ‘Argylle’, go to Europe and start filming, don’t go to Vegas. That’s what I’m saying – do not go to Vegas, because we’re going to smash you, we’re going to pack you on a private jet, we’re going to send you across the pond, and it’s done, man.
I’m telling you now, get while the going is good, the table is hot, but it’s time to leave because I’m about to shut this heater down, man.
I’m telling you, just like I did the Legends at WrestleMania 37…I stacked ’em, I pinned ’em, I retired ’em, the other one hasn’t figured it out yet, he’s pretty much done, too.
Cena is on the same path, and anybody who steps up for the Universal Championship, I’m going to smash their ass and I’m going to send them home.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 12, 1981) – Bruno Sammartino Retires
On this day in 1981, Vince McMahon Sr.’s World Wrestling Federation aired an interview with former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino, in which he announced his retirement.
The retirement wouldn’t last long, as he returned to the WWF, that was now owned by Vince McMahon Jr., in 1984 as a commentator but also to wrestle matches every now and then, thus turning into a semi-retired part timer.
You can watch his 1981 announcement below: