For well over a decade, John Cena has been the ultimate company man in the WWE.
The 15-time World Champion has been the face of the organization for so long and done so much work for the brand away from the squared circle, that he is as synonymous with the WWE as Vince McMahon or WrestleMania.
In that time he has also seen a number of changes to the business take place and, in an interview this week, he revealed he isn't a fan of them all. The veteran Superstar revealed there are two things in particular that he wishes were different:
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"I'm a 38-year-old man," Cena told Rolling Stone magazine, via noDQ. "I'd much rather it be a program geared toward me, whether that's TV-14 or sometimes even more graphic than that, which is what I like.
"For one thing, profanity brought fire out of people with personalities that backed the language. It's very difficult to say, 'Oh, you're being poopy,' especially when they're meant to be fighting words."
The WWE has certainly changed its image in recent years, shifting from the brash, profanity-laden Attitude Era to a more family-friendly PG product during Cena's stint in the company.
A lot of veteran fans continue to lament the loss of the old days and, in highlighting one iconic part of wrestling's past that is now virtually eradicated from the WWE, Cena appears to share some of their concern:
"And now, if someone starts to bleed, the referee intervenes to stop the bleeding," he continued.
"But before, you'd just let it fly. Blood is one of the things that made fights cool. Like, you knew it had gotten serious."
Cena isn't complaining, though. Having been one of the main beneficiaries of the PG era, the future Hall of Famer understands the WWE's need to reach as wide an audience as possible.
"I understand why we don't do it anymore. Vince has been a coach to me, a father figure, a boss and a friend, and his goal and my goal are the same: to make the company be as big as it can be. But, yeah, the blood is one thing I miss."
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