• “John Cena wasn’t as great of an athlete as a lot of the other wrestlers, but…” – Kurt Angle
June 27th will be the 20th anniversary of John Cena’s WWE debut.
Cena made his official WWE in-ring debut against WWE Hall Of Famer Kurt Angle on an episode of SmackDown.
On his podcast, Angle discussed Cena’s in-ring work and said the following:
“John wasn’t as great of an athlete as a lot of the other wrestlers, but he made up for it with charisma and a lot of hard work.
His only downfall is, you know, you could tell by the way he moves around is not quite as fluid as other wrestlers.
He’s more choppy and a little bit more uncoordinated, but he makes up for that with hard work. Being able to do what he does, especially, nobody knew at this time how good promos he’d cut. So, this was quite a pleasant surprise eventually when he started doing it.
I think that fans always thought he wasn’t a good in-ring worker. That seems to be some of the talk that people talk about.
But he was actually really good. He was great at psychology too. He could structure a match better than anybody. He was really good at that, and I was really impressed by it.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (May 27, 1989) – NWA World Wide
On this day in 1989, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA World Wide’.
This episode featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘NWA The Great American Bash 1989’ PPV.
The card can be found below:
Interview Paul E Dangerously
Samoan Swat Team vs. Mike Justice & Bucky Siegler
Butch Reed vs. Randy Rose
Interview Road Warriors
Great Muta vs. Trent Knight & Cougar Jay
Interview Eddie Gilbert
Ron Simmons vs. Troy Alderidge
Scott Steiner vs. Michael Hayes