Questions about "5 Questions"
"That is, uh… those are questions someone else can answer for you," John Cena said with a sly smile.
The questions were simple: how did the Brooklyn Brawler become the unofficial mascot of The Champ's weekly web show, "5 Questions," and how did Brawler's face wind up on the official "5 Questions" T-shirt?
For some reason, Cena didn't want to answer. The Champ's wily smile prompted more curiousity around the evolution of his web show. For an answer, WWE.com tracked the Brawler down for his take on the topic.
"I actually help produce ‘5 Questions'," said Steve "Brooklyn Brawler" Lombardi. "The segment has grown in the year and half it's been on. To think, the show concept all stemmed from Cena wanting to have more of a connection with WWE fans."
Brawler said that Cena's "inappropriate" language was first dubbed out by annoying bleeps. Then the Brawler's face was inserted and sound clips of "Brawler" and "Brooklyn Brawler" were used to cover up Cena's profanity slip-ups.
"Someone came up with the idea to use my face every time Cena would curse or say something stupid -- which he does quite often. My face was probably used because I was the one who kept insisting [the cursing] needed to stop."
The shirt has been on the shelves for a few months now, and Brawler said he's not surprised he's become synonymous with The Champ's show.
"The Brooklyn Brawler's face tends to pop up all the time. I now have a classic action figure that's in stores right now, and was asked to make myself pop up at Wal-Mart in Howell, Mich. on Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m," he said with a shrug and a smile.
He also said if it hadn't been for Cena's willingness to continue to do "5 Questions" and the priority he gives the weekly segment, the opportunity to meet and greet his fans in Michigan probably would have passed without a thought.
"John makes ‘5 Questions' a priority because he know that it's important to stay close with his audience; staying tight to WWE fans and the people that you care about is something John taught me."
"5 Questions" appears every week on WWE.com and can be always be watched from John Cena's Superstar page.