16-time WWE champion John Cena is currently tied with the legendary Ric Flair as the all-time most successful wrestlers in the company. However, lately, Cena has been facing a lot of flak from fans and critics alike, for being more inclined towards Hollywood.
Cena has been the face of the company for a very long time and is one of the most important wrestlers in the roster. He also one of their most followed wrestlers globally. His popularity paved a way for a career in the movies, where he has done reasonably well.
However, Cena’s lack of appearances has adversely affected WWE with the show ratings taking a dip. Speaking in an interview, Cena has revealed that espite the fact he’s not a full-timer in WWE anymore, his heart still lies in the ring.
“There’s a few opportunities that have been set in front of me,” Cena said.
“If they work out — and I hope they work out — they’ll be wonderful challenges in life and for me to grow as a person, so I’ll more than likely take them. It doesn’t mean that my heart doesn’t lie with WWE.”
“I’ve often said that if I’m doing something like [‘Fifth Grader’] then it’s impossible to do something like that,” he added.
Cena then went on to talk about the reason why he doesn’t think he’ll ever be a full-timer in the WWE. He turned 42 earlier this year and doesn’t think he can keep up with the younger wrestlers in the business.
“I’m older now,” Cena added.
“I just turned 42, I watch WWE on a regular basis and the talent is getting faster and more precise.”
“I think I would have left the WWE high and dry, so to speak, [but] now they have so much talent and so many definable Superstars,” Cena said. “There was a time when I could genuinely say, from a financial standpoint, they needed me — that time is up.”
In what was a shocking revelation, Cena also went on to say that the company does not need him anymore but he is looking to contribute in any way he can.
“The WWE does not need me. I need it and I love it, and I love every single moment I’m associated with it,” Cena said.
“But I felt it the first time this year at WrestleMania: I took a step back and looked at everything and (realized) it is such a powerful machine.
Cena last made a return in Wrestlemania where he did not wrestle but made a comeback in his old ‘Doctor of Thugonomics’ attire, which was met with rapturous applause.