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John Cena’s Talking Smack promo on Dean Ambrose was so good it scared Renee Young

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If you’re like me, you get almost giddily excited as you race to launch your WWE Network app every week at 10PM Eastern.

If you haven’t been converted to the glory of Talking Smack, I’m not sure what’s it’s gonna take to convince you.

Maybe it’ll be when John Cena responded to Dean Ambrose’s attack on him from last week with a promo so pointed it seemed to shake the Lunatic Fringe’s lady, Renee Young?

Cause that just happened.

After publicly declaring his goal of winning a 16th WWE/World championship, and saying he’s grateful he got drafted to SmackDown because he knows it would never happen on the Authority-controlled Raw, Big Match John got around to Ambrose calling him out for not changing in the locker room and labeling him a “lazy part-timer” after he handed Cena his first clean, non-PPV loss on television in 13 years on Sept. 20.

When someone’s argument is “he doesn’t dress in the designated are for talent to dress in”? No, I don’t. And it’s because you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. Quite frankly, Dean Ambrose would slow me down.

Yes, after I’m done talking smack, I’m taking the jet to New York because logistically, I don’t have the time to turn around.

Like I said, you are the sum of the five people you surround yourself with and I surround myself with people who just go. The Vince McMahons of the world. People who are the first to show up and the last to leave.

No, I don’t stand and dress where Dean Ambrose dresses. But this is where someone has twisted reality. Dean Ambrose said John Cena and Dean Ambrose don’t like each other. No. Dean Ambrose doesn’t like John Cena. John Cena doesn’t care about Dean Ambrose. And if Dean wants me to care about him? At No Mercy, he’ll either step up, or step aside. And that’s it.

Here’s a guy - legit - cashed in a suitcase to win a championship, won a match and then lost it. And you want to go way back? Document the Shield. The first time they hit the ring? “Man that Ambrose is something special!” Right now? Two bonafide WWE Superstars: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns. One guy still trying to figure it out? Dean Ambrose. And yes, he had a great match tonight, but I’m sorry to plug Raw, how many great matches has Cesaro had? Tons. Absolutely tons. And he’s still trying to figure it out.

And that’s not a knock on Dean Ambrose. Cause I know he’s gonna hopefully put in the work to get better. But you have to be accountable for your words. “Part-timer”? Absolutely right. Because I’m trying to do it all at once. “Lazy”? To me, that insult is just lazy. And if he takes that type of attitude at No Mercy, he’s gonna be still trying to figure it out.

This was so good it was uncomfortable. In fact, on his way out, Cena made a point to pat Renee on the back, and whatever he told her prompted a nervous sounding laugh.

That’s how it goes when one of the biggest stars in wrestling history eviscerates your man on the boss’ Network, I guess.


This show proves what Steve Austin has been saying for years. Because - while I don’t know this for sure (although Miz’s epic speech which really began Talking Smack’s run as must see TV was reportedly improvised from an outline) - it doesn’t seem logistically possible for these promos to be scripted out in time. And Cena’s fantastic performance this week is just the latest example of what happens when this show gives Superstars some talking points & a live microphone and lets them go.

As the 15 time World champ asked before he dropped the mic, “Is that talking smack enough for you?”

Yes, John, I believe it is.