WWE SmackDown Superstar Grayson Waller has said it was surreal to share the ring with John Cena for their segment at WWE Money in the Bank 2023.
At the July 1, event, Cena made a surprise appearance and told the UK fans that he intends to bring WrestleMania to London.
Speaking on a recent edition of the “After the Bell” podcast about interrupting Cena, Waller shared his mindset at the time, and how he prefers to learn from the 16-time World Champion. He said,
“I think the word I’d use is surreal. Obviously, being a wrestling fan growing up, John Cena is, many people say, the greatest of all time, so being across from him is wild, especially in the O2. When I got in there with John, I didn’t look at it like a huge opportunity for me, I get to be across from — I’m not a fan.
“I don’t want his autographs, I don’t want his merch. My way to learn from John isn’t by sitting backstage with him and kissing his a**. My way to learn from John is being across from him and going against him, so when I got in there with him, I looked at him as every other opponent I’m in there with. I didn’t look at him as a hero or anything like that because I think that’s when you operate at a different level and you’re not your best.”
Cena will be Waller’s guest on the ‘Grayson Waller Effect’ this Friday on SmackDown.