Jim Ross Reveals If John Cena Used His Influence Backstage to Help Nikki Bella & Bury Alex Riley


During the latest edition of his “Grilling JR” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer and AEW commentator Jim Ross commented on John Cena’s influence backstage, whether he helped Nikki Bella and buried Alex Riley, and more. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On if John Cena should have had backstage influence: “Should he have had influence behind the scenes? Absolutely. You encourage your top guys who have attained that success to give back to the company in a variety of ways. One of those things is leadership, being a mentor, providing ideas, encouraging talents, coaching them up, etc., etc., and John did a great job at that.”


On if Cena used his influence to try and get Nikki Bella a bigger role in WWE: “If I had a girlfriend that looked like Nikki Bella, would I push for her to get her a better gig or more exposure? Hell yeah! You crazy? Of course I would. It’s gonna be Vince’s call at the end of the day but bottomline, I never saw her in a position, and her sister, that they didn’t fit. They weren’t skilled wrestlers, they weren’t Jackie Moore or Becky Lynch or Charlotte, they were attractions.”

On if Cena ever used his influence in a negative way: “I don’t think John ever used his influence in a negative way to help somebody that didn’t deserve the help. Did he help some people? Hell yeah! But I think they all deserved the opportunity to get recognized, and all he did was say, hey, I think we could do some business with this person, or you could do some business with this person, and his opinion counted, so he utilized it, nothing wrong with that.”

(h/t – 411 Wrestling)

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