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Major SmackDown Live Episode Planned For 2019, Backstage Reaction To Early Days Of John Cena’s Push Revealed

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• What Was The Backstage Reaction To Early Days Of John Cena’s Push?

During a recent edition of Something Else to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard podcast, Old School WWF Veteran Bruce Prichard (a.k.a Brother Love) revealed that there was jealousy backstage during early days of John Cena’s push in WWE.

Below is what Prichard said:

“Initially I think it was met by some people with jealousy, some people looking at it like, ‘What the hell, the guy just got here.’ He’s immediately put into a program and he’s immediately being used on television. From our vantage point, it was, ‘Yep, he sure is.’ Here this guy just came in here, busted his a$$, is given an opportunity and made the best out of it. He busted his ass, he was out there, the audience was getting behind him.

Whether they were getting behind him because he was new, he was a fresh face or they were getting behind him because of his work, whatever, it didn’t matter. The audience was vested and they were interested in John Cena. So it made a difference and there were a lot of rumblings of people going, ‘Why the hell is he getting this and we’re not? We’ve been here forever.’ You had the same opportunities and it hasn’t worked so we’re trying something new.”

• Rare Footage Of Kane vs. Batista (As The Leviathan) From OVW

Kane vs. Batista (as The Leviathan) from OVW in January 2001 has been added to the WWE Network Hidden Gems collection. WWE uploaded a short clip of it on their YouTube channel and you can watch it below:

• Major SmackDown Live Episode Planned For 2019

According to PWInsider, a major SmackDown Live episode is planned for 2019 for the show’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Expect multiple legends to be a part of this episode, especially The Undertaker (who was a big part of SmackDown during the Ruthless Aggression era).

        
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