In an exclusive and insightful interview with Niko Knows Best, Stacks from The Family opens up about the transformative experience of being mentored by none other than WWE legend John Cena during his recent guest appearance on NXT. This rare encounter not only spotlighted Cena’s boundless generosity in sharing his wealth of knowledge but also provided a unique glimpse into the potential evolution of The Family’s stable dynamics, masterfully led by the enigmatic Tony D’Angelo.
Stacks, the steadfast partner of Tony D’Angelo since their introduction as associates in April 2022, delves deep into the nuances of Cena’s visit to the NXT realm. The 16-time world champion not only engaged with The Family but also meticulously dissected their current trajectory and shared his visionary insights on what NXT could become and, more specifically, how The D’Angelo family could further solidify its prominence within the WWE landscape.
“There’s been a lot of people that have come through, Cena sat us down and dissected what we’re doing and what he thinks NXT can become and what the D’Angelo family can become. There’s so many opportunities for everybody to pick brains because everybody is always coming through.”
The Family, comprising the formidable trio of Tony D’Angelo, Stacks, and Two Dimes, has undeniably made a mark on NXT programming, securing the NXT Tag Team Championships twice. Their most recent conquest transpired on the November 14th episode of NXT, where they triumphed over formidable opponents, Chase U, reinforcing their supremacy in the competitive tag team division.
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Beyond the in-ring successes, Cena’s visit symbolizes a broader commitment to fostering talent within the developmental brand. Stacks emphasizes, “There’s been a lot of people that have come through, Cena sat us down and dissected what we’re doing and what he thinks NXT can become and what the D’Angelo family can become.” This revelation showcases the rich learning environment that permeates NXT, where emerging WWE superstars have the rare opportunity to engage with and learn from seasoned professionals like Cena.
As Stacks reminisces about the encounter, it becomes evident that Cena’s influence extends far beyond a mere visit. The impact of his mentorship transcends immediate victories, influencing the long-term growth and development of talent within the NXT roster.
While John Cena’s Hollywood commitments and hectic schedule raise questions about the possibility of a return to NXT, the interview with Stacks provides a fascinating peek into the lasting effects of Cena’s guidance. The symbiotic relationship between established veterans and rising stars exemplifies the cyclical nature of mentorship within the wrestling industry.
In a realm where unpredictability is the norm, the profound influence of John Cena’s NXT visit serves as a poignant reminder that, in the world of professional wrestling, unexpected moments can catalyze transformative change, shaping the destiny of both individuals and stables alike.