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Veteran WWE Superstar John Cena recently spoke with Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated and had major praise for WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.

"And I can say with the utmost sincerity that I believe Brock Lesnar is best in-ring performer that I've seen and I know it's an opinion, and if you want a cool quote, here it is: I think he's the best in-ring performer of all time. I thought his performance at the Rumble was a clinic on how to establish yourself, how to establish those around you, establish the championship, establish the importance of one event. He did so in less than 30 minutes, and I certainly don't have the skill set to do that, and it was awesome to be able to see a masterclass man put on a clinic on what to do and how to do it and I was really impressed with the Rumble."

Cena was asked if he was really saying Brock is the best ever. He elaborated, adding that Lesnar makes people better, and never disappoints.

"I really do think so," Cena answered. "I genuinely think he has a good understanding of who he is. I think he's the best at when he needs to be dominant, he's the best in situations of jeopardy. He makes people better. He still has a mystique about him that will draw eyeballs to watch him and when he does he never disappoints. I watching from home did not know the result of the Rumble and I thought Brock was gonna run the table and win. I knew the first 27 entrants would be boring, but I knew by 28 and 29 I'd be on the edge of my seat and asking the question, 'What happens to the WrestleMania main event now that the No. 1 entrant ran the table and is the champion for the first time ever?'

"And I love it when a plan comes together, to quote a member of the A Team. You could see how uneasy the crowd was with Brock's dominance and then over the course of time, how it became exciting and how it became riveting and then how it became like must-see and that's who Brock Lesnar is. He believes so much in his presence, and he has such a definable presence you can't ignore him and he never wastes anyone's time and everything he does is special and everything he does meaningful and it's not all selfish. He's one of the most giving performers in the WWE and that is the mark of a true craftsman and a true professional. It was awesome to watch. My jaw dropped when I watched the Rumble."
 

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not the best but he is god damn underrated. also whats funny is he was never a fan of wrestling and this is only a job for him yet he is one of the best ever. he just gets it.
 

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Fuck me what is he on right now?

Sure he's great but best In Ring performer of all time? Easy there John Boy.

He had one really good performance this past Sunday and suddenly he's getting that kind of praise.
 

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I really can't disagree with this.

He's saying that in his role, he's the best performer of all time, it's a hard claim against some of the other wrestlers we've seen.

Cena isn't wrong - everyone he's fought since his return were elevated afterwards. We've seen him give great matches to Punk, AJ, Bryan, Balor etc. He made Keith Lee look dominant as fuck from facial expressions alone.
 

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I really can't disagree with this.

He's saying that in his role, he's the best performer of all time, it's a hard claim against some of the other wrestlers we've seen.

Cena isn't wrong - everyone he's fought since his return were elevated afterwards. We've seen him give great matches to Punk, AJ, Bryan, Balor etc. He made Keith Lee look dominant as fuck from facial expressions alone.
A lot of big men in wrestling would come off more intimidating if they where allowed to be as physical as guys like Brock and Goldbeef used to be.

I mean, we had Brock literally bash a guys skull in. Things like that would always make certain guys with that leeway come off as better in their big man role.
 

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Lesnar is a great performer but does he really elevate the people he works with? Ambrose, Orton, Strowman, Reigns and Rollins all came away working from Lesnar worse then they did coming in.
That's kind of the key problem with him, although a lot of that is booking and I wonder if Heyman and/or Vince have more to do with that.

Lesnar proved in his first run that he's capable of that. Benoit was positioned really during his feud with him, and I think his WrestleMania main event positioning was largely due to how he fared against Brock. And Goldberg was basically rehabilitated after working with him (though he had to lose the feud in the end).

I guess what I'm saying is that he's capable of elevating people, but the booking hasn't really allowed him to. Certainly not with Reigns or Rollins, even when both were given wins over him.
 
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SI.com's Jimmy Traina recently spoke to WWE superstar John Cena about appearing in a Super Bowl commercial. During the conversation, Cena discussed this year's Royal Rumble explained why he thinks Brock Lesnar is the best wrestler ever.

Jimmy Traina: You posted some messages on social media that made many people believe that you'd be in this year's Royal Rumble, but you weren't, which left many of us disappointed.

John Cena: I'm proud to say I watched the Royal Rumble from my own home on the WWE Network and I thought the event, and especially the Rumble, was absolutely awesome, so if you watched from Houston or if you were in the audience it really didn't seem like I was missed. I thought the event was extra special. It was great to be able to watch it as a fan and not endure any fear of missing out and just enjoy the event. And I can say with the utmost sincerity that I believe Brock Lesnar is best in-ring performer that I've seen and I know it's an opinion, and if you want a cool quote, here it is: I think he's the best in-ring performer of all time.
I thought his performance at the Rumble was a clinic on how to establish yourself, how to establish those around you, establish the championship, establish the importance of one event. He did so in less than 30 minutes, and I certainly don't have the skill set to do that, and it was awesome to be able to see a masterclass man put on a clinic on what to do and how to do it and I was really impressed with the Rumble.

JT: So you're saying Brock is the best ever?

JC: I really do think so. I genuinely think he has a good understanding of who he is. I think he's the best at when he needs to be dominant, he's the best in situations of jeopardy. He makes people better. He still has a mystique about him that will draw eyeballs to watch him and when he does he never disappoints. I watching from home did not know the result of the Rumble and I thought Brock was gonna run the table and win. I knew the first 27 entrants would be boring, but I knew by 28 and 29 I'd be on the edge of my seat and asking the question, "What happens to the WrestleMania main event now that the No. 1 entrant ran the table and is the champion for the first time ever?"
And I love it when a plan comes together, to quote a member of the A Team. You could see how uneasy the crowd was with Brock's dominance and then over the course of time, how it became exciting and how it became riveting and then how it became like must-see and that's who Brock Lesnar is. He believes so much in his presence, and he has such a definable presence you can't ignore him and he never wastes anyone's time and everything he does is special and everything he does meaningful and it's not all selfish. He's one of the most giving performers in the WWE and that is the mark of a true craftsman and a true professional. It was awesome to watch. My jaw dropped when I watched the Rumble.

SI.com: Is performing at WrestleMania this year a goal for John Cena?

John Cena: Performing at WrestleMania this year would be a gift. I haven't been intertwined in the machine of the WWE. I know those WrestleMania spots are few and far between. I've expressed that I'm off. But I've also expressed that I live in Tampa. I will for sure be at the event and I have great trust in the process and I have great faith in Vince McMahon not only as a boss, but as so much more than that. As a friend, as a mentor. If he were to tell me that he needs me, I would absolutely be active in whatever capacity, whether it would be like last year in New York rapping my way to the ring or the year before being a fan in the stands. There is no job too small.

 

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Best ever is over-stating it a little, but Brock's definitely one of the best. He was an absolute prodigy that immediately "got" pro wrestling and killed it from 2002-2004. Then in 2012, he came back, with a different character/style/aura and has had several classics.

He's had a few duds, too, and I know many hate the whole "Suplex City" gimmick. If you're one of those people that really have a strong, burning hate for Brock, I want you to try and put it to the side and consider the following:

Has Brock Lesnar ever had a bad match when he's not phoning it in? We all plainly see the times he's motivated and the times he's not. When he has his working boots on, has the match ever sucked? I don't think there's a case of that.
 

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Best ever is over-stating it a little, but Brock's definitely one of the best. He was an absolute prodigy that immediately "got" pro wrestling and killed it from 2002-2004. Then in 2012, he came back, with a different character/style/aura and has had several classics.

He's had a few duds, too, and I know many hate the whole "Suplex City" gimmick. If you're one of those people that really have a strong, burning hate for Brock, I want you to try and put it to the side and consider the following:

Has Brock Lesnar ever had a bad match when he's not phoning it in? We all plainly see the times he's motivated and the times he's not. When he has his working boots on, has the match ever sucked? I don't think there's a case of that.
Yeah Lister had the phone out when he had his goggles on. Same as it when he got at it with Shawn Mitchell and he was more best then all the other Mitchell's in the pond
 
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