Arn Anderson Discusses Producing John Cena’s Matches And Seeing His Growth

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Arn Anderson recently spoke with Fightful.com where he talked about working with John Cena and producing the majority of his matches in WWE.

Anderson spoke about working closely with Cena and developing a good relationship with him.

“The last couple of years, some other guys have taken some of John’s matches. But, predominantly, I think you would probably say, if you went back and made a count I’ve had probably made 90-95%. I was always responsible for mechanics and psychology and basics and just how to guiding John of “Don’t do this and here’s why.” It was never “Don’t do this, do something different.” I always tried to have a very understandable conversation with John, I would never say “John, don’t do this, this is dumb.” Don’t do this, and let me explain to you why. He was very receptive. John is a good human being and he has got a good heart. The [Make-A-Wish Foundation] stuff he does alone, not having children, in my mind should get him a one way ticket to heaven. Because I’ve seen all the kids he’s changed their lives. When you don’t have kids, that speaks pretty much for who the human being is,” said Anderson.

Anderson also discussed how he adapted to fans thinking he couldn’t wrestle and the growth he had as a performer:

“I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved watching his growth. I learned from our audience that there were “You can’t wrestle” chants to John, but then right behind it you would have 3,000 little kids screaming “Cena! Cena! Cena!” with those little squeaky voices, who didn’t care that John was not Ricky Steamboat or Shawn Michaels in that ring. What they did care that he looked the part, he took the time to let them in to his matches and let the emotion that he was trying to convey to those kids and the example he was trying to set for them—they were getting it. You gotta look at that. It’s funny how you could take six or seven adult voices chanting “You can’t wrestle,” and they seem to dominate the thousands that are saying other things. But that’s part of the cool stuff; everybody has a voice in a wrestling live event. That’s what they paid for, and that’s what they deserve,” Arn closed.

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