Recent episode of The Steve Austin Show podcast with Court Bauer as the guest had Austin discuss his thoughts on the Cena versus The Undertaker match at Wrestlemania 34.
On the topic of why WWE never bothered to advertise the match, Austin stated he feels it was due to the WWE not having any serious plans for the match and instead just viewed it as a little gift for fans to enjoy during the show.
“It was a little shocking to me with Cena calling him out for so long. Basically, it was an unadvertised match. I mean, Cena’s trying to call out [Undertaker] and I kept thinking, ‘there’s no way, no way that he’s going to get an acceptance on the day-of,’ so, yeah, it was teased and they paid off the tease, but it wasn’t really advertised. So nonetheless, the crowd felt like they got a bonus, but in that bonus was a very short match and Cena got squashed.”
On the topic of the match itself, Austin stated Cena’s lack of offense was his only real complaint about the match.
“I’ve got nothing but respect for both guys. Undertaker has been around forever. He has had one of the best runs in the history of the [pro wrestling] business, so has John Cena. And, man, had it been a 15-minute bing, bang, boom kind of thing, I don’t know that that’s what they needed, but it just seems like maybe if Cena got in just a little bit more offense into that Tombstone, then, do the favors, maybe it would have been a little bit more effective.”
On the topic of Cena himself, Austin stated he respects Cena for his willingness to put others over even though he does not need to due to his star status in the company. He also stated he respects Cena for all the work he has done with his ambassador role for the WWE.
“It was what it was and I don’t know how Undertaker’s feeling on a physical level. He looked phenomenal and he’s one of the toughest guys, I think, in the business. But Cena’s probably moving on to do other things with movies, and series, and endorsements, and stuff like that. But he continues to be an ambassador for the company, and [has] a great attitude, and it not afraid to put somebody over. I respect him for that.”