John Cena has backtracked on previously made comments by naming Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns and Sasha Banks the current WWE Superstars with the ability to be the company's new marquee stars.
The 16-time WWE and World Heavyweight Champion said last year on Corey Grave's After The Bell Podcast that he felt this era of the WWE product was lacking a 'front-man or woman', who would define the period in WWE's history.
Cena described the situation as like 'Super Friends', with different demographics of the audience pulling for different WWE Superstars, but the Doctor Of Thuganomics has happily declared himself wrong in his assessment.
Less than a year on, Cena has named WWE champion McIntyre, Universal champion Reigns and SmackDown Women's champion Banks as three names with the potential to be WWE's newest era-defining personality, akin to himself and the likes of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and the Rock in years gone by.
“What do I think of the WWE product right now? I love it,” Cena told Forbes.
“I think it’s bold, it’s forcing people to take chances. Forbes did an article on me back in 2020 where I had said that I don’t believe that WWE will ever have a marquee star. And here we are, less than a year later, and I can blatantly say I was wrong.
"You wanna talk about being too close to the product? I was just too close. Having seen it, having lived it myself, I should have just realized that the company is in transition. It takes a long time—I would say it’s three-and-a-half years or more—to build a certain talent because I’ve walked in those shoes.
“Now you have Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns, Sasha Banks can be in that conversation, but it’s not what I said it was in 2020. It’s not a scattered fragment of Super Friends. WWE has just refocused, re-shifted and now is consolidating on marquee stars. They have their marquee stars, and going forward they will have their big names. As far as those names being larger than life, the enormity of their impact is up to the individuals themselves.”