Last Tuesday on SmackDown Live, John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura went one-on-one for an opportunity to challenge Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. During their match, Shinsuke attempted to hit an exploder-suplex which did go too well as Cena landed on his head/neck.
During a recent edition of former WWE Tag-Team Champion Lance Storm’s podcast; “Killing The Town With Storm And Cyrus”, Storm shared his take on the botched move.
Here’s what he had to say: (transcripts by Still Real To Us)
Storm: “There’s a few people that got upset about him and really wanted to jump on Nakamura for not taking care of Cena, but with a bump like that, Cena is supposed to moonsault and land on his belly. That’s not something Cena does, like ever or particularly well anyway, so it really came down to Cena took the bump wrong. Again, I’m not putting full blame on John, but you know if Cena and Nakamura does that move a lot and the guys always get over so I think it was just a case of John isn’t proficient at taking that move and realistically perhaps should have said no to it. But I can see John going you know, ‘do it we’re putting you over, we’re getting it in’ and he unfortunately landed badly and that happens occasionally and watching some of the Japanese wrestling that I have in the past was no backdrop driver so I wasn’t surprised when Cena appeared to be okay but yeah, it was a really nasty landing. I think I didn’t see it, but several people did say you could see Nakamura say ‘sorry’ and John say ‘there’s nothing to be sorry about.’”
“But it is so good to see a competitive match with a clean decisive winner so we’re accomplishing something. Cena’s so over at this point it’s not like it’s gonna hurt him, but it’s good to see that level of a top guy willing to do business which isn’t always necessarily the case in the past and those who continue to dislike John Cena or disrespect John Cena really need to rethink things because it’s like, that guy’s been busting his hump forever and when it comes time, the dude does business.”