In the ever-evolving world of WWE, former champion John Cena has gradually shifted from a constant in-ring presence to a more ceremonial role, sparking curiosity about his impending retirement from the sports entertainment industry.
In a recent candid interview with Entertainment Tonight, Cena, who has successfully branched into Hollywood, hinted at the nearing conclusion of his wrestling career. Cena, who will be celebrating his 47th birthday this year, expressed his unwavering dedication to the craft.
"I never wanted to be just another face in the ring," he shared during the press tour for his latest movie, "Argylle." Emphasizing the importance of passion in performance, he added, "The intensity and energy I share with the fans is irreplaceable, but I'm also mindful of the physical demands of WWE.
My goal is to bow out before I hit 50, while still at the top of my game." The Hollywood star also highlighted the practical challenges of juggling a film career with WWE commitments, citing insurance limitations while on movie sets.
This constraint makes a full-time return to the WWE ring unlikely, except under special circumstances, such as the recent SAG-AFTRA strike.
Cena Prioritizes Health
Cena's focus is now on preserving his health and well-being.
"I've been blessed with good health throughout my career," he said. "And as long as the acting opportunities keep coming, I'll prioritize that. But even making brief comebacks takes a toll. I want to maintain my health for the years to come." In discussing his potential appearance at WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia, Cena remained elusive, hinting at a possible presence but not committing.
He expressed his intention to continue his 23-year streak of at least one WWE match annually post-retirement, yet also acknowledged the need to make space for emerging talent. "I've always been upfront about my career trajectory," Cena stated.
"In WWE, we say 'never say never,' but I'm realistic about the future. The new generation of wrestlers deserves their moment in the spotlight." Lately, Cena has been instrumental in introducing WWE fans to rising stars. His last in-ring performance at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia saw him losing to The Bloodline's Solo Sikoa, followed by a post-match beatdown that signaled a passing of the torch.
Earlier, Cena had elevated LA Knight with a tag team victory at WWE Fastlane and graciously conceded the WWE United States Championship to Austin Theory at WrestleMania 39.