John Cena Sr., father of WWE veteran John Cena, recently spoke with Boston Wrestling Sports for an interview and had plenty to say about WWE dusting off the “Broken” Matt Hardy character and putting the “Woken” spin on the name.
“Been there. Done that. Let’s move on,” Cena Sr. said of the gimmick returning on WWE television recently. “It might start a little bit of a fire in WWE, I give it 30 days, 45 days, before it gets watered on, and the ‘Woken’ becomes broken.”
Cena Sr. also shared his belief that the character lacks long-term appeal in WWE and that Hardy’s feud with Bray Wyatt isn’t cutting it with the fans.
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“I think [WWE is] building that feud up. I feel so bad, because it’s just not the right time,” Cena Sr. said. “It’s not the thing to do. The gimmick- here’s the thing, everybody wanted more frosting on the cake. Finally, Vince [McMahon], WWE, the writers go ‘Okay, we’re gonna give you more frosting on the cake,’ and what’s the first thing that happens when you first bite the cake? ‘Too [much] sweetness, too much frosting on the cake. I don’t like it!’ And that’s exactly what’s gonna to happen. I make the prediction here and now, the ‘Woken’ is gonna be broken.”
According to Cena Sr., the fact that the news regarding the issues between Impact Wrestling, WWE and Hardy was so public isn’t going to help the chances of the “Woken” gimmick working this time around.
“I don’t think it’s going to help anybody, I really don’t,” Cena Sr. replied. “I think Matt has kind of made a mistake, because what worked before, might not necessarily work again. And the fans were so agitated by Impact Wrestling and what’s been done, it’s kind of like, they’ve heard so much about it now, it’s kind of sour. It’s more frosting on the cake, but it’s too sweet.”
Check out the complete John Cena Sr. interview via the YouTube video embedded above.