Ric Flair On John Cena, Randy Orton & WWE's Top Performers

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WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair understands what it takes to be a Superstar in professional wrestling. So when “Nature Boy” speaks about today’s top stars, it carries some weight.
In a recent interview with Daily Star, Flair shared his thoughts on the top personalities in WWE today.
One of the first names to be brought up in conversation is John Cena. Cena, one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE today, often gets booed despite his incredible talent on the mic and in the ring.
That’s something that has never made much sense to Naitch.
“If you don’t respect John Cena, you don’t respect anybody. I’m not sure how I feel about that [the boos]. Look what they say to Kurt Angle when he walks out: ‘You suck’. It doesn’t make sense. Because Kurt’s very popular and of course John is the flagship of the company. He’s working in a limited schedule now and pursuing other avenues that he’s earned the right to do. He conducts himself, carries himself, he’s very classy, he is very, very well-read, very intellectual, and that speaks volumes. We don’t have a lot of people like that,” Flair said.


He also believes Randy Orton has the ability to fill the roles that Cena has in the company.
However, Orton has a happy home life and does not want to take away from his wife and kids to take on the added responsibility in the ring and with promotion.
“If you look at John Cena, you have to look at the whole scenario of John’s career. John is just an in-ring performer. He’s very good in interviews, number one. Number two, he exhausts himself giving his off time to stuff he doesn’t get paid for. Kids love him,” Flair noted.
“Randy [Orton] doesn’t want that role. Randy is happy, he wants to be home with his wife and kids. Could Randy pull it off? Of course. But Randy isn’t interested in working in his days off. I don’t blame him, not everybody is. That’s a tough role, you sacrifice a lot of personal time and that’s what my daughteris doing right now, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Finally, Flair shared his thoughts on the top performers in WWE today. One of those names is Orton, with two others receiving a mention.
“I think the two best performers in the company right now are Randy Orton and AJ Styles – Seth Rollins being close right there,” he said.
The full interview can be read here.
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