John Cena Explains Why He Dropped His Rapping Gimmick

One of the most common outcries over John Cena’s career has been a desire by some fans to see him return to his “Doctor of Thuganomics” roots. And while Cena has dragged out aspects of his old persona out from time to time, there have been no real indicators that he would be bringing back the gimmick which made him famous in the first place anytime soon. And it turns out there’s a very good reason why Cena doesn’t want to go back to the roots of his original character, as he explained during an interview with EPSN:

“To me, there was definitely some method behind it. Hip-hop certainly is in sync with the youth and every day that passes I grow less youthful, as much as I have tried to hold onto it. I knew that the platform really wouldn’t be indicative of success. I knew [the PG format] would just drastically change the style and almost cripple the character so I was the one proactively who said ‘no’ and said ‘I would like to take everything another way.'”

Yes, it turns out we were at least partially right to blame WWE’s move to PG on the change in Cena’s character, but additionally, Cena recognized that there’s nothing lamer than an old guy pretending to be cool. It’s just like Abe Simpson said, “I used to be ‘with it’. Then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m ‘with’ isn’t ‘it’, and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary to me! And it’ll happen to you, too!”

Not us, though. We’re going to keep on rocking forever. Forever. For. Ev. Er….

Marge, are we still cool?

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.