• Roman Reigns Says CM Punk Was Nowhere Near John Cena & The Rock’s Level
During an interview with Ariel Helwani, current Universal Champion Roman Reigns was asked about his thoughts on part-time wrestlers getting big main event matches in WWE.
Helwani also mentioned how some wrestlers aren’t happy about part-timers, bringing up how CM Punk wasn’t happy that The Rock came back and got to main event WrestleMania 28 along with John Cena (which became the highest selling WWE pay-per-view ever).
Reigns went on to state that CM Punk was not as good as John Cena and The Rock and nowhere near as much of a draw.
Here’s what The Tribal Chief had to say:
“I can see it from both perspectives. But I think you said it before, that ‘high tide raises all the boats’ and everybody benefits. So I do think there’s that strange threshold, but I think those statements are coming from bitter people who possibly thought they were better than they really were.
When it comes down to it, CM Punk was not as good or as over as a John Cena, wasn’t as good or as over or moved the needle like The Rock. It just was what it was.
From a full-time performer, I understand the frustration and wanting more, but like I said before, you gotta take it. I’m a full-time performer but I’ve done everything that needs to be done to stay in this position, to be in this position, to continue to make the opportunity for myself to be in a man event at SummerSlam against a John Cena.
If anybody ever comes along to try to push me out of that scenario, I’m going to fight like hell to keep the ground that I’ve made. It’s just one of those debatable…we can go back and forth, and we can change our perspective, if you’re one of those types of people who can see it in a different set of eyes, but I really think if more eye-balls are being brought to our product, and of course it depends on who it is, but a guy like a John Cena, who is starring in multiple movies this summer, and when it comes down to it, earns the right, and he’s at that portion of his career where if he is a part-time performer, I’m not going to complain.
I’m just going to capitalize on him being here, and everything that he brings with that, and that’s my goal, that’s the whole gimmick to me, is this is John Cena…why wouldn’t I want to be in the ring, why wouldn’t I want him to come at me? You know what I mean?
This is the biggest movie star of the summer right now, why would I…and he came to me, he came to The Head of The Table, he came to Roman Reigns. He wanted to be in the ring with me, and I’m not going to complain about that.
But I think other people who think they should have more or be more, and aren’t willing to actually do it, they’re going to have a different explanation than what I just did.”
It’s common knowledge that back in 2011-2012 when Punk was the WWE Champion, he had horrible quarter hour Nielsen ratings and was mostly used in the middle of the card on both TV shows & PPVs, while Cena was used in the main events, despite not even being the champion.
Punk is expected to make his All Elite Wrestling debut on this Friday’s episode of AEW Rampage in Chicago.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (August 19, 2004) – WWE SmackDown!
On this day in 2004, World Wrestling Entertainment aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped at the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE No Mercy 2004’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
– Spike Dudley vs. Scotty 2 Hotty
– Paul London & Billy Kidman vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Jamie Noble
– Rob Van Dam vs. Rene Dupree
– Eddie Guerrero & Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle & Luther Reigns