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John Cena Named Honorary Pace Car Driver For The 58th Annual DAYTONA 500 " Full Details
February 12, 2016 (17:00) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
WWE star John Cena has been named the honorary pace driver for the February 21st, 2016 DAYTONA 500. The NASCAR race will air on FOX. The following press release was issued to us:
WWE Superstar John Cena Named Honorary Pace Car Driver for the 58th Annual DAYTONA 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2016) " WWE Superstar and actor John Cena will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. at Daytona International Speedway (TV " FOX, FOX Deportes; Radio " MRN Radio, SiriusXM). Cena will pace the 43-car field to the green flag in a Toyota Camry.
Cena, a 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, has been at the forefront of WWEs programming for more than a decade, and most recently starred on the big screen in the Golden Globe-nominated Trainwreck as well as Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. He next will host FOXs upcoming reality competition series AMERICAN GRIT, in which contestants work together to complete a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. The series premieres Thursday, April 14 (9:00 -10:00 pm ET/PT) on FOX.
John Cena is one of the most iconic WWE Superstars in history, a great actor and philanthropist, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. We welcome him back to the World Center of Racing and our new motorsports stadium, this time to pace the field for The Great American Race.
In addition to his celebrity accolades, Cena is a wish ambassador for Make-A-Wish having granted more than 500 wishes " more than any other celebrity or athlete in the history of the organization. Make-A-Wish has recognized Cenas unwavering dedication to children with life-threatening medical conditions with their highest honor, the Chris Greicius Award.
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Press Release: WWE Superstar John Cena Named Honorary Pace Car Driver for the 58th Annual DAYTONA 500
February 12, 2016 (17:00) [ Indexed from WRESTLEZONE.com
The following press release announces John Cena as the honorary pace car driver for this year’s Daytona 500: WWE Superstar John Cena Named Honorary Pace Car Driver for the 58th Annual DAYTONA 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 11, 2016) " WWE Superstar and actor John Cena will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for […]
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John Cena Provides Injury Update
February 11, 2016 (18:00) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
- 15-time World Champion John Cena seems to be making great strides with his recovery. Cena, who is out of action with a shoulder injury, posted a new update on Twitter. He posted the following:
Therapy 8-9 hours/day everyday. Still a LONG way to go, but getting better everyday.
5 weeks post-op. Therapy 8-9hrs/day everyday. Still a LONG way to go, but getting better everyday #nevergiveup pic.twitter.com/jGzNjXZxTO
" John Cena (@JohnCena) February 11, 2016
- WWE Hall of Famer Jjim Ross is expected to become a regular boxing announcer for AXS TV. The TV network will be announcing the news soon.
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American Grit With John Cena To Air Against Smackdown Beginning In April
February 11, 2016 (04:00) [ Indexed from WrestlingNewsWorld
The new reality competition hosted by John Cena called American Grit will premiere on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 9 PM ET on FOX. Obviously, the show will be head-to-head with the second hour of WWE Smackdown on the USA Network. Cena tweeted the first trailer for the series that you can watch below: Click […]
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John Cenas Reality Series To Premiere In April " Details
February 11, 2016 (03:15) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
John Cena mentioned on Twitter that the "American Grit" reality competition series will premiere on FOX on Thursday, April 14th. He hosts the show. He posted the following:
The show features sixteen of the countrys toughest men and women will be split into four teams as they work together to face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. Cena and an elite group of mentors from the nations most exclusive military units will push these civilians beyond their limits. The mentors, known as The Cadre, include Rorke Denver, Noah Galloway, Tawanda Tee Hanible and Nick The Reaper Irving. These real-life heroes, who represent diverse backgrounds and top branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, will impart their first-hand knowledge and experience to help the competitors work together as teams to surmount near-impossible mental and physical challenges.
The show is produced by Leftfield Pictures and executive-produced by Brent Montgomery, David George, Adam Sher, Will Nothacker and Jon Kroll. John Cena also serves as executive producer.
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John Cena Backstage At Recent TV Taping, Update On Tommaso Ciampa And Johnny Gargano
February 10, 2016 (19:00) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
- Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa have still not signed a full-time deal with WWE. The two stars are still working on pay-per-appearance deals with the company. The feeling is that WWE will eventually sign them to full-time deals, but there is no hurry for them to do so because the current situation works for all sides.
- John Cena, who is out of action recovering from shoulder surgery, was backstage visiting with friends at the WWE SmackDown tapings in Tampa two weeks ago.
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Raw Fallout: Daniel Bryan Says Goodbye
February 10, 2016 (02:00) [ Indexed from WrestlingNewsWorld
This weeks Raw Fallout is centered around Daniel Bryan. You can watch in the videos embedded below: Daniel Bryan is comforted by his family before his retirement address: Raw Fallout, Feb. 8, 2016 Daniel Bryan and Brie walk toward the ring before his farewell speech: Raw Fallout, Feb. 8, 2016 Daniel Bryan bids farewell to […]
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New John Cena Book To Be Released Next Month " Complete Details
February 10, 2016 (02:00) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
The following press release was issued to us:
Step Inside WWE Superstar John Cenas World of Hustle, Loyalty and Respect
Indianapolis, IN " February 9, 2016 " DK Publishing will release Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect: The World of John Cena in March 2016. For the first time, John Cenas entire world is presented in one ultimate compendium.
For more than a decade, John Cena has been one of the cornerstones of WWE. Revered by millions of Cenation fans worldwide, John Cena is known for his tireless work ethic and countless accolades both in and out of the WWE ring. Get the detailed breakdown of all things John Cena " his quintessential matches, epic rivalries, fascinating character evolutions, signature moves and much more. John Cenas legacy is packed into more than 200 full color pages for his passionate fans to enjoy forever.
In-depth breakdowns of key matches in John Cenas career, with profiles of
the events and rivalries leading up to each clash.
The definitive guide to John Cenas history and character " from his ring
gear, to his catch phrases, moves, over-the-top entrances and much more.
Learn about the values and influences that have shaped The Champs career "
his intense training regimens, passion for entertaining, and his unwavering commitment to his fans, his job and his code of Hustle, Loyalty and Respect.
Hear from John Cena himself as well as other WWE Superstars about the key events that have shaped his legacy.
Definitive career timeline, stats and breakdowns of his incomparable achievements at WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown and so much more.
Foreword written by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
Contains a Limited Edition John Cena wristband with embroidered logo that fans can only get with this book!
Pre-order Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect: The World of John Cena now at johncenabook.com!
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WWE Looks at Dream Matches for AJ Styles (Video), John Cena Reacts to Super Bowl 50, Todays Wrestler Birthdays
February 08, 2016 (18:15) [ Indexed from WRESTLEZONE.com
Today’s Wrestler Birthdays In today’s wrestler birthday news, WWE starBig Show turns 44 years old and WWE Legend Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart turns 61. John Cena Reacts to Super Bowl 50 John Cena posted the following on Twitter: Congrats to @NFL 50yrs of #SuperBowl Now,counting down to a possible record breaking 32nd #WrestleMania certainty a […]
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Bret Hart On Triple H Being The WWE Champion, WrestleMania, Montreal Screwjob
February 08, 2016 (05:45) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart recently appeared on RingRustRadio to talk about various topics. Here are the highlights.
The world champion in WWE right now is Triple H, something many fans disagree with. What are your feelings on Triple H winning the Royal Rumble and being booked in the main event of WrestleMania 32?
I find it harder to watch wrestling nowadays. I was a really big fan of Daniel Brian and CM Punk. They were great wrestlers. I think Triple H is a guy in a different mindset and is more about how you look. More into a guy like Batista, The Rock and Brock Lesnar. I will say though, I think Brock is a great wrestler. If they all look like Hulk Hogan or big muscle-bound guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger, he would be really happy. That to him is what wrestling is all about. He thinks that is the type of guys you should push, and maybe thats why he is the champion. I am personally a guy thats more about wrestling. I dont really have an interest in watching bodybuilders stumbling around the ring. Most of the time, they arent the best athletes. Its not about how you look; its about how you wrestle. Wrestling fans are the priority. Im a big fan of Kevin Owens and I think hes a great wrestler, and Im also a big fan of Brock Lesnar and I think he should have won the Royal Rumble. I wasnt too impressed with the Rumble this year. I thought it was really flat and a lot of bad calls were made about who got pushed and who didnt. I think its a sad state of affairs when they have the biggest wrestler in the world, the Big Show, go out there and be thrown out of the ring by just one guy is just stupid booking. I think you look at someone like Mark Henry who is billed legitimately as the strongest man in the world, he goes out there and hes thrown out of the ring in less than 30 seconds? It all just makes me wonder. They have all these other guys that they are pushing, but then they lose track of what the Royal Rumble is all about. I was extremely disappointed this year. The Rumble was always one my favorite pay-per-views but it has been lackluster and hasnt lived up to what I had hoped for. The last few years have been downers as far as the Rumble goes. I will say, WrestleMania they always surprise me. When I was there watching it, I was surprised that they pulled it off and it was really exciting to watch. Im hoping they can pull a rabbit out of their hat with this one, but I am not so sure they can this year.
The Montreal Screwjob is obviously something that wrestling fans will always talk about and its been discussed at nauseam, but something Ive always been curious about is proposed compromises by either you or Vince. Aside from the DQ finish and vacating the title the next night on Raw, which was the agreement that was supposed to happen, do you remember any other interesting scenarios in terms of alternate finishes against Shawn or even alternate opponents that you wouldve agreed to drop the title to?
There were a lot of things suggested in the weeks leading up to that match. I was pretty much in an unflinching position. I wouldnt go back on my position at all. I offered Vince that I would drop the title to any single other wrestler including Steve Lombardi (Brooklyn Brawler) in any way he wanted me to except for Shawn Michaels because of the way he disrespected me as badly as he did. I didnt care if Shawn wanted to do anything with me unless it was going to be me winning, and thats all there was to it. There wasnt a whole lot put forward that day. We all showed up in Montral, and I had a fixed position, but I was willing to hear him out on a possible way out of it. There is always a million ways out of it. People say there always has to be an outcome, but thats not really true. There can always be a blurry outcome after a pay-per-view. There have been lots of times in pay-per-views before then and even since then where it has happened. There have been lots of times where wrestlers have refused to drop the title. Wrestlers like Hulk Hogan or Honky Tonk Man refused to drop the titles, and those kinds of things were never done to them. I was very open to outcomes, but my issue was with Shawn and how he had disrespected me. I made that clear to Vince months ahead of time. Vince said I could leave any way I wanted to. He had said I could forfeit the belt, which was his original idea, not mine. If there was ever a situation of me leaving the company, I had free run to do whatever way I wanted to. Other parties at the time had Vinces ear, and he can be very twisted and pulled in other directions. I think Shawn and Triple H were really pushing him, and I think it was Triple Hs idea to do the screw job and Vince eventually went along with it. In hindsight, I dont think anyone can look back on it today and say it was a good idea. It was a stupid idea and it worked out really poorly for everyone involved including them. There are a lot of better ways to do business than that. As far as an alternative ending, when I showed up that day Vince agreed with everything. He said we can do it my way and there can be a run in with all the other wrestlers involved and end it in a disqualification with me keeping the title and I was happy with that. I didnt need to come up with another idea. If he had told me he wasnt sure on what we should do about the ending, then I would have been very receptive to try to find a solution to give him what he wanted, and at the same time protected my integrity and respect I had for the business.
You had the opportunity to work with many of the biggest stars of your era and put on countless great matches, but who are some guys you never had a chance to wrestle that you wish you could have looking back now, and why?
I would love to have worked with Hulk Hogan as an example. I know we did a little bit of stuff here and there. That was a match we should have had. Macho Man Randy Savage is another guy that I really would have loved to have done a storyline or a long feud with. Either as a babyface or the bad guy or vice versa. There was lots of opportunities for us to do the dance, but we had a few matches in a few different places like in Japan or on a Saturday Night Main Event. We gave them glimpses of what we could have done, but we just didnt get a chance to really show anybody what we could have done. I would have loved to wrestle Kurt Angle. I just missed him, as he became a star right after me. John Cena, take him today and Bret Hart circa 1997 U.S.-bashing bad guy. You throw John Cena with Bret Hart we would have been brilliant and we could of made a lot of money together. We would have had a lot of fun wrestling each other with great stories.
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Kevin Thorn Talks About WWE Royalties And The Network Model Not Compensating Past Talent
February 06, 2016 (02:30) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
Former WWE star Kevin Thorn recently appeared on the Two Man Power Trip podcast. Here are the highlights.
Sid Vicious playing a major role in grooming him for the business:
My start came from working in a Golds Gym in Memphis, Tennessee and meeting Sid Vicious (Psycho Sid) and basically I became workout partners with him. I was always a fan of USWA and Saturday morning wrestling in Memphis but never really took a step to get into it and then I am working in a gym and one thing led to another and I ended up in Buddy Wayne's backyard (who recently passed away) training in his ring and I still remember rolling out the carpet and there were two or three dead mice and rats inside of it. Sid kind of led me into some things and we started off with a headlock and it was one step at a time and Buddy Wayne would come out there to watch and Buddy Wayne gave Sid the thumbs up and we kind of went from there and a week later I was in a show just outside of Knoxville with Sid against Mo from Men On A Mission and we kind of went from there.
The long standing rumors of Sid leaving wrestling to play softball:
He (Sid) was awesome and I think Sid got a bad rep and everyone always said that Sid would always no-show because of softball. Hell, the entire time I knew Sid he never played softball once. I know I never went and played with him and everyone would say he's into this softball thing and I don't understand where that came from because I never saw any softball out there. I heard he played and I heard it was a big thing for him but the time I was there he was coming back from neck surgery and hadn't been in the ring for a while and was working out super hard, he got in ridiculous shape again, did some Independents and started to work with ECW.
Getting his start in Memphis Power Pro Wrestling:
It was awesome. Being a kid and growing up watching USWA when I could and sneaking to watch because my parents didn't really want me watching wrestling it was very surreal and you would always wonder what was happening behind the blue curtain and when you finally got to see how small the locker room was and you are basically dressing in the Channel 5 cafeteria and using the small Channel 5 bathrooms it was definitely surreal. They used me from the start as a top level heel which was cool because I was a guy that had something but not enough to say I was any good. I can go back and watch some matches and now say HOLY CRAP I was terrible. I was bigger than normal and had some good size on me and presented in character in Seven that was cool and they could do promos with. I had a good little program with a guy named Blade Boudreaux and had Brandon Baxter as my manager, it was good and I have definitely been blessed throughout my whole career for sure. To be in the position I am and to know the guys I have known, I have always had a good time that is for sure.
Older content on the WWE Network and former superstars not getting paid royalties for the footage being used:
I don't watch the Network, I don't have the Network, I just wish the Network would pay me some royalties. I go to the mail every quarter and I get a small check and I say well that's all great but Vince is making billions of dollars off the Network and for some reason my royalty check doesn't reflect that. I keep waiting for it to say this is what you are getting for the Network and the Network doesn't show up there. I often wonder how you are charging for it but I am not getting a cent for it. It is what it is. Maybe one day and now they are just trying to figure out how to pay everyone, they are good about that and they may figure out a way I guess. They are not paying me, maybe they are paying other people. From what I've heard people haven't seen a check for it because to be honest when we signed our contracts it was DVD sales and VHS sales and Pay Per View buys. Now with digital downloads I just don't know, it is what it is.
The lack of Network royalties becoming a problem over time for WWE:
I can only assume guys are wondering where it is that this Network is coming to be lucrative for everyone and it doesn't have to be millions of dollars. Money here and there is for sure definitely worth it. Especially if from what I understand since I don't own the Network you can punch in my name and bring up anything I've ever done. Now granted, they paid me well when I was there but that's the point of royalties. Mr T still gets paid off the A-Team, Hannibal is still getting his cheddar and so is Murdoch. Something needs to be held accounted for or said for that.
His connection to Chris Benoit prior to the murders of nearly a decade ago:
I knew Chris very well. I find it hard to believe in the way he loved Daniel that it happened at his hands. I was with Chris the week before at a Ruth's Criss (Steakhouse) in Louisville, Kentucky after an OVW show and my wife was pregnant at the time and to hear Chris talk about his excitement for me and how awesome it was to be having my first child that I just find it hard to believe that this man did that and guys that knew Chris have tried to figure out different scenarios to how or why or what could have happened. He didn't seem like a guy that a week before I was on a Georgia loop of Macon, Savannah, Columbus and Atlanta with him and Daniel was with him the whole time and Daniel is holding a belt and running around. The thing Chris definitely suffered from was major concussion syndrome. The times I was with Chris looking back I see that then he was very lost and incoherent at times because he may or may not have known where he was. At the time WWE didn't have the concussion testing and that was something that definitely led to that day and not making excuses for Chris because I don't know what happened but deep down in my heart I just can't believe it did. I still haven't been able to accept that he would do that to his son but knowing Chris the way I did and I rode with him and wrestled him that whole Georgia loop the week before and the fact that he couldn't remember a match and he just wanted to call it all out there because he couldn't remember it. Knowing how he was at the restaurant, he asked what I was going to order and he ordered the exact same thing because the menu just wasn't there for him and that says something too. How much wear and tear on his brain did his style of wrestling have this happened to him? And of course the loss of Eddie (Guerrero) as well but Chris was always unbelievable to me and the way he spoke to my wife when she was pregnant and spoke to me, he was a man that loved his son and as a guy that is a father I cannot even imagine doing that to mine and can't imagine him doing that to his either. I have a problem accepting that and unfortunately we are never going to know what happened that night at their house and that's just the way it is.
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John Cena Voicing Marvel Character In Mobile Game, Note On AJ Styles Action Figure
February 04, 2016 (23:00) [ Indexed from WRESTLEZONE.com
AJ Styles TheWrestling Observer Newsletteris reporting AJ Styles and DOC Gallows both have action figure deals with Figures Toy Company, and they should be available for purchase soon. The deal was in existence long before Styles’ WWE contract was in place, but it’s still sure to upset Vince McMahon that someone else will release a […]
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John Cena Wrestling At WrestleMania Is Still A Possibility
February 04, 2016 (16:15) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
As noted, its been reported that Vince McMahon is very high on Braun Strowman because he is big and Vince likes big guys, so he wants to have Strowman wrestle The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. However, in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that as of now, nothing is locked in for Strowman or The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32.
The original plan for Undertaker was to wrestle John Cena at the event, but those plans were put on hold after Cena suffered a shoulder injury. Its possible that Cena, who has returned from injury early in the past, could return and wrestle Undertaker at the event. Its also possible that Cena could appear on television and just cut promos instead of wrestling leading up to the event.
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Video: Nikki Bella On If John Cena Has Purposed To Her Yet
February 01, 2016 (23:15) [ Indexed from Wrestling-Edge
- The Bella Twins recently spoke with Diana Madison on The Lowdown. During the interview, Nikki Bella commented on if John Cena has proposed to her yet and what her dream proposal is. Here is what she had to say:
"If he has asked me this season, which you have to watch, I wouldn't wear it [engagement ring] until it airs. If he has. If it's true," Nikki said. "My dream would be in Napa Valley, in a vineyard, at one of our favorite vineyard's too with no one around, just us. Say some amazing things to me too, make me cry a little bit. Yeah."
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Total Divas airs on the E! Network on Tuesday nights.
- John Cena, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, tweeted his goal for the week:
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