John Cena has been through quite a ride in his WWE career, en-route to becoming, arguably, the greatest WWE Superstar of all time.
In his early days Cena used a rather entertaining gimmick that got extremely over as a rapper. He would come out and rap to the WWE Universe and often diss other WWE Superstars. While the gimmick was the pinnacle of Cena's success in the WWE moving forward, as he would go on to win a record-tying 16 World Championships, it seems as though not everyone was onboard with teh idea when it was being tossed around by WWE creative at the time.
Ex-WWE official Bruce Prichard now hosts his own podcast, Something To Wrestle With, in which he details the behind the scenes dealings of some of the biggest eras in WWE history. Prichard formerly served as Vince McMahon's right hand man and is very knowledgable on the inner workings of WWE.
Prichard was in WWE during the time of John Cena's rise to the top of the company, and recently reviewed famed WWE manager Paul Heyman's run through the promotion as well. As it pertains to Cena, Prichard recently claimed that Heyman wasn't a fan of the rapper gimmick and insisted in would kill Cena's career (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"To quote Paul Heyman, 'you put the rap gimmick on Cena and you will kill John Cena's career'," Prichard said. "Paul felt that the rap gimmick was going to be the death knell of John Cena and that it would stereotype him and pigeonhole him and he would never be able to work his way out of it.
"Hated the idea, went to Cena and told Cena, 'they're killing your career', 'don't do it', 'it's going to be bad'.
"And [Heyman] went to Vince and told Vince it's going to kill [Cena] and the fact that Paul petitioned so hard against it probably helped Vince [decide], 'yeah, let's try it.' And I think it worked out alright for him."
Heyman, however, took exception to this and would go on Twitter to deny Prichard's claims that he hated Cena's rap gimmick:
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