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Jim Ross shares anecdote on discovering John Cena

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Current All Elite Wrestling (AEW) commentator Jim Ross recently discussed an anecdote about discovering WWE Icon John Cena.

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JOHN CENA IS THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED PERFORMER IN WWE HISTORY

Cena’s WWE achievements are second to none. He is a five-time United States Champion, four-time world tag team champion, and a 16-time world champion. He is tied with Ric Flair for the most world championship reigns in WWE history. He is also a two-time Royal Rumble match winner and a one-time Money in the Bank winner, and has headlined WWE’s flagship event, WrestleMania, five times.

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However, even “The Franchise Player” had to begin somewhere. Good Ol’ JR’s story, spoken to Sportskeeda Wrestling, reveals some information. According to him, Cena was juggling a number of part-time jobs in Southern California, while he trained with Rick Bassman at UPW. Ross, at that point a talent scout and an on-air persona for WWE, visited UPW to scout someone else. While he cannot the talent he went to check out, he remembers that a young “Big Match John” looked exactly like Sting in his original persona. Impressed, Ross decided to have a little discussion with the young professional wrestling trainee.

“John was up in Southern California, working part-time in several jobs – moving company, truck driver – just a litany of things, while he was training with Rick Bassman in UPW in Southern California. I was up there and actually scouting somebody else, I can’t remember who it was now. John looked like Sting, long-flat top haircut, so we had our little sit-down,” he recalled.

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ROSS SPOKE ABOUT HIS DISCOVERY OF THE FUTURE WWE CHAMPION

As they were having the sitdown discussion, Ross went on to realize that he was a former All-American center. His strength coach was at that point was the coach at Oklahoma University. Most interesting was the fact that Cena had a comprehend knowledge of professional wrestling trivia and JR realized that he was a true student of the sport.

After reaching New York, he headed straight to the office, and met Vince McMahon. When McMahon asked if there was anybody he found viable as a possible talent, Ross told his boss that he found a talent who would headline WrestleMania in five years, to which The Chairman replied by asking him to go home and shower up!

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“He says, ‘Where you been?’ I told him. ‘You see anybody you like?’ As a matter of fact I did. I think I saw a kid that will headline WrestleMania in five years or less.’ He said, ‘I think you need to go home and take a shower. You’re delusional.’ But I was high on John Cena,” Ross commented.

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