Former Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) manager Kenny Bolin has said WWE Superstar John Cena owes him for making sure he wasn't fired by the WWE.
The current United States Champion was part of OVW for about a year from 2001 until 2002. OVW used to be the developmental division of the WWE before the NXT division was created.
Cena was successful in this division, winning the OVW Heavyweight Championship and the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship with Rico Constantino. Eventually, he would move on to the WWE and become the success everyone around the world knows of today.
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However, Bolin says Cena would have never received this global success if it wasn't for him. He claims OVW would have fired him if it wasn't for his input.
He said in an interview with wrestling journalist Bill Apter: "They wanted to fire him and Rico Constantino. I went to Danny Davis and Jim Cornette. I had a meeting with Steve Austin, Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon. I told them they had 80 days left on their contract, and we needed to put them on the road and see what they're made of. They both got jobs. Look who's the face of the company now.
"I didn't like to brag about it, I'm the guy that got him his free meals and publicity when he was here."
Subsequently, he also called WWE Chairman Vince McMahon an idiot for not recognising the talent Cena had from day one in the same interview, but it is always hard to judge whether or not someone will be a success just by looking at what they can do early on in their career.
He certainly wouldn't be making these comments if Cena wasn't a global success. However, there were loads of road blocks for Cena towards the top of the WWE, so for Bolin to say he would never have been a household name if it wasn't for him is a lie.