John Cena was recently interviewed for YES Network's "Centerstage with Michael Kay", according to Wrestling Inc, where he was asked about several different topics.
One of those topics was his underdog mentality during his time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, the company which used to be a development territory for the WWE in the early 2000s. This was where the likes of Cena, Brock Lesnar, Batista, and Randy Orton developed their talents before making the jump to the main roster.
In Ohio Valley Wrestling, the leader of the Cenation felt like he would never make it in the business of wrestling because he felt like he was on borrowed time, and those other superstars were more impressive than him and made moves like effortless.
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He said: "Even from the second I walked into the Ohio Valley Training Center (for his debut), which was a very dingy small armory in the heart of Kentuckiana, I thought that I wouldn't make it. I kinda always thought that I was on borrowed time, because I would walk in and I would see 300-pound Brock Lesnar, who has amateur Olympic credentials, and 330-pound-at-the-time Dave Bautista, and Randy Orton, who just made any movement look as effortless as it could be.
"I remember seeing Shelton Benjamin walk in and then seeing, without any hands, him leap up to the apron of the ring. I'm like, "Okay, pretty impressive," and then (seeing) him leap up to the top rope and just walk the top rope and I felt like Keanu Reeves when he goes in to see the Oracle in The Matrix and the kid's bending the spoon and he's like… "This is out of my league, man." I always thought that I would never make it.
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"But it was cool because even though I felt out-gunned, it gave me that sense of, well, I have nothing to lose. I'm just gonna go for it, and I really have kind of lived by that my entire life. It's let me take chances that a lot of the other Superstars are afraid to take."
Since making his debut on the main roster almost 14 years ago, John Cena has had a lot of significant moments, matches, and promos, and you can see his time in Ohio Valley Wrestling has prepared him well.
You can see why he preaches the saying 'Never Give Up' now, because he has gone through an experience where not giving up has changed his life forever, and now, the leader of the Cenation is highly regarded as the best WWE superstar of all time.