JR On If Cena's Teasing A Heel Turn, Undertaker's Condition, How Paul Bearer's Death Has Been Used
His first thought over learning the weather for Wrestlemania weekend: "My initial thought was to pack a jacket. That hasn't changed. I looked at the long-term weather, and it looks like we're going to get a break in the end. It's going to be chilly, but it's not going to be raining. It's not going to be snowing. It's going to be an adventure, which is great for fans like me. The stadium is great. [It's a] beautiful stadium. It's going to be the home of the Superbowl next year. I'm excited about it. I think it'll be a unique opportunity for those attending. Apparently the weather hasn't driven anyone away because it's sold out."
If the wrestlers have expressed concern over the weather: "I think that they're so engaged and wrapped up in the process that that probably won't be discussed until Sunday. It's game time. You go play and have fun, and entertain the audience. No one's expressed any serious concerns. I can tell you that wrestlers have a different problem wrestling in the hot sun because the canvas gets so hot; you don't want to lay on it long. Which is not the goal anyway, quite frankly. I think we'll be alright. I think everybody will be good."
Looking back from his 20th anniversary with WWE, if he thought Wrestlemania would be the spectacle it is today: "No. It's just become an amazing attraction. It's the one wrestling event that displeased fans will buy on pay per view one time a year. This is the one event that some people will invest in because its got the best of everything. It's just amazing what we've been able to build with that brand. My first on, as you said 20 years ago, 1993, was outdoors in the sunshine at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. It's been quite the maturation of going through stadiums. I think that's where we'll end Wrestlemania, will be permanently in a stadium somewhere until death do us part."
If it'll work having the same main event two years in a row: "I think so. It did affect the ticket sales. We'll see how it affects the pay per view buys. I think that the most recent estimate is 1.3 million pay per view buys, globally for the event. I don't think it's going to hurt. Long time fans remember return matches and there's a story there with Rock and Cena. It's been well told for over a year. Cena's looking for, in his own words, retribution. So, I don't think it's going to affect the show at all. I think it's going to be just fine. You got two major stars and Rock's bring a lot of movie fans to the pay per view table that may not be big time WWE fans, but they're fans of his movies. I'm intrigued by it. It's going to be very interesting. The challenge is, fans will follow everything that precedes them. They have to entertain an audience and reengage an audience that's been sitting in those seats for approximately four hours. They have their work cut out for them to close the show on Sunday."
The Rock's energy and work ethic: "It's amazing, isn't it? I follow him on Twitter, and he's up at four o clock working out. And he's on his crazy diets. He's a machine. I signed him back in the nineties and I was amazed by his athleticism, but the most important quality he had was his work ethic and his drive. He just was hell bent on being something special. At that time it was to be the biggest star the wrestling business had ever seen. And then he got the opportunity to be in the film business, and he had the number one movie in the world this past weekend, the GI Joe movie. He's extraordinary. He's just has a work ethic that's otherworldly, that's the best way I can put it. He's just a different breed of cat."
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