I assure you that Travolta does not recognize Cruise as superior in any way. When Cruise received that medal, Travolta was very angry. After Cruise received the Medal for the Valor of Freedom, Travolta allegedly wrote a heated letter to Miscavige, demanding an explanation of why Cruise was chosen following Travolta's efforts. After Cruise received the Medal, David Miscavige notably referred to Cruise as the best Scientologist he knew, according to The Things.
A former Scientologist who supposedly acted as Tom Cruise's personal security guard has given an intriguing account of the long-rumored breakup between Cruise and the religion's other most prominent member, John Travolta, as they competed for the favor of the head of Scientology, David Miscavige. Turns out Cruise has a direct line to leader David Miscavige, which is speculated to have something to do with Cruise's high rank within the Church itself. Both John Travolta and Tom Cruise started decades ago and continue to make headlines, as their careers and personal lives continue to take them straight to the top. It was great news when Travolta wasn't invited to Cruise's wedding, which was considered even more petty after it was revealed that Miscavige was actually a member of Cruise's wedding party.
He added that, despite Cruise's enormity in the Church of Scientology, Travolta didn't recognize Cruise as superior in any way. Allegedly, he is known for controlling members of his Church, including Cruise, and was rumored to have hired a private investigator to follow Cruise's ex-wife, Nicole Kidman. Before Cruise arrived on the scene, Travolta felt that he was “Miscavige's favorite son”, adding: “It's no secret that Cruise and Travolta despised each other. Even though John Travolta and Tom Cruise are well-respected actors and members of the Church of Scientology, the two don't like each other very much.
Cruise and Miscavige became such close friends, in fact, that the religious leader was even a best man at Cruise's wedding to Katie Holmes, something Travolta never received. Even though Cruise and Travolta were also friends, their friendship wasn't strong enough to overcome Cruise's new place in the Church of Scientology.