“John was in Southern California, working part time at several jobs; moving company, truck driver, just a litany of things as he trained with Rick Bassman at UPW in Southern California, ”Ross said. “I was up there and actually spotting someone else, I can’t remember who it was now. John looked like Sting, long, flat haircut, so we sat down.
“We sit down and get to know each other and I found out he was a former All-American center. I found out his strength trainer has now become the University of Oklahoma coach, I find he knew as many wrestling anecdotes as anyone I had been with, so a true student Game.
Ross was so impressed that he immediately returned to WWE Headquarters and spoke to Vince about Cena’s potential. Looking back, Ross was so high on Cena that Vince found it hard to believe the Peacemaker the star was as good as that advertised.
“I remember I got red eyes that night, LAX in New York,” Ross recalls. “And I was so excited to meet this guy that I first went to the office and grabbed Vince and I’m still in my wrinkled clothes asleep.” He said, “where were you? I told him. “Do you see someone you love?” I said, “Actually, I did. I think I saw a kid that will be on the front page of WrestleMania in five years or less. Vince said, “I think you need to go home and take a shower. You are delusional. But I was fucked up by John Cena.