Beginning in 2017, John Cena decided to take on a part-timer role to pursue a film career. Although he has played the role of babyface for most of his career, he has established himself as one of the most controversial figures in WWE history.
In addition to being a 16-time world champion (a record he shares with Ric Flair), the 'Cenation' leader has held the United States Championship five times, the World Tag Team Championship twice, and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice.
He also won the Royal Rumble match in 2008 and 2013, as well as three editions of the Elimination Chamber match and the 2012 edition of Money in the Bank. The Bostonian's last appearance in WWE dates back to SummerSlam 2021, where he was beaten by Roman Reigns at the end of a no-holds-barred battle.
Interviewed by Jack King for GQ, John confided that he misses working as a full-time superstar.
John Cena is a wrestling legend
"I miss being a full-time WWE superstar, I swear to you" - began John Cena. “At the same time, I have to be realistic at this point in my life.
I will be 45 in less than a month and have been very lucky not to suffer so many injuries during my long career. No physical problem has upset my life outside the ring, which is not to be taken for granted. I am strong, flexible and in excellent physical condition.
However, I wouldn't be able to perform full time. I would risk getting seriously hurt” - he admitted. John then commented on the rise of AEW: “I don't usually watch All Elite Wrestling shows. Do I think the competition is good? Indeed it is.
Whenever there is more buzz in the industry, it's good for wrestling. Everyone is forced to raise the bar, otherwise, the rival company takes over. It is noted that WWE is now paying more attention to building storylines and matches.
It is a fantastic time for wrestling." His first appearance was on the 20th edition of the Show of Shows, where he defeated Big Show to become the new United States Champion. He competed for the WWE Championship in the next three editions, and his first loss came at the hands of Randy Orton at WrestleMania 24.
After going through Edge, Big Show, and Batista, John Cena faced another loss at the hands of The Miz on the 27th edition of the Showcase of the Immortals, thanks to The Rock. The Great One and Cena picked up victories against each other at WrestleMania 28 and 29 respectively.