Vince McMahon spoke with Brian Fritz of the Orlando Sentinel and addressed John Cena being unable to wrestle at WrestleMania 32 due to undergoing shoulder surgery. “John is Babe Ruth, he’s everything to us,” McMahon said. “And a real warrior. I don’t know how long he’s going to pursue this … I don’t know if it’s going to be 70 like me, but he’ll try. It’s just in him and he loves it so much, even when he was a little kid. I don’t know if you’ve seen some of the videos where he’d have a mini-championship belt made out of cardboard and all that kind of stuff. And on top of it, he’s a hell of a guy.”
Vince also addressed Shane McMahon returning to WWE television. “It’s been awesome,” he said. “I was hoping that one day we might get back together. It’s difficult. Fathers and sons sometimes, in the same business at a certain stage, it can be very difficult. You love each other just as much but you see things a little differently. You have the old bull and the young bull and the old bull is not ready to give it up, his horns are still sharp. It’s great that Shane is back. Whether or not there’s a corporate place, we’ll wait and see. From a performer standpoint, I so enjoy performing with him. And when the three of us are out there, Stephanie and Shane and me, and throw in Paul because that has happened in the past, oh my God! We could stay out there and entertain each other, much less the audience, for an hour. It would be easy. It’s just so much fun because we can ad-lib and entertain ourselves. I think if you are entertaining yourselves and you’re having fun, that projects and the audience is having fun with you.” Read the full interview at OrlandoSentinel.com.
Powell’s POV: It’s interesting that Vince said Shane’s role from a corporate standpoint has not been determined. Vince also stated in the interview that it’s possible this could be Triple H’s last WrestleMania by saying, “He’s a little long in the tooth as I say to his face and we all laugh about that now because I’m 70 years old.” That line might make Hunter even more of a babyface in his match against Roman Reigns. Vince also addressed the WWE Performance Center, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, “dirt sheets”, how each generation of wrestler tends to be different, and he also drove home the message that WWE is about more than just him by saying, “The organization that we built and the depth and talent from a corporate standpoint, I’ll put us up against Disney.” It’s always fascinating when Vince sits down for an interview and this is certainly no exception.
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