We all know how much Vince McMahon values John Cena. He made Cena the face of his company over 10 years ago and while Cena's run is slowly being transitioned to the next generation, he's still the company's biggest star.
However there was a time when the boss didn't like everything he saw with Cena. In an interview with The YES Network’s “Centerstage", which will air Thursday night, Cena described his WWE debut and the first night he met his boss.
“I got to meet Vince McMahon in Chicago in 2002, which is where I made my (mainstage, WWE television) debut, and it was the night of my debut, and my debut shouldn’t have even happened. Kurt Angle was supposed to wrestle a fellow named The Undertaker that night, and The Undertaker actually could not make the show. He was extremely ill and didn’t show up, and they needed a replacement, and somebody threw my name out there because it would just be like a single match and it would do more for Kurt Angle than anybody else and Vince said “Okay,” so they brought me in to see Vince, and I had a long, horrible, badly-dyed mop haircut at the time...
"And my first meeting with Vince McMahon went something like this: I was shoved into a room and someone over my shoulder said, “What do you think?” And he (McMahon) turns around and goes, “Cut his hair.” That was my first meeting with my boss. I love him. I admire him as a human being. I think he’s … just a wonderful example of hard work paying off. To this day he does not need to show up. He is always hands on. He always shows up. His drive is incomparable.”
You can read the rest of what the Yes Network sent over from the interview's transcript here.