I guess you can’t see him anymore. Love him or hate him, John Cena is one of the biggest stars in the history of wrestling. He started with WWE way back in 2002 and has been a huge name for almost the entire time. In recent years though, it’s clear that Cena’s time as a full time wrestler has come to an end. There has to be a reason for that, and Cena has answered the question.
I mean…he’s right.
Cena was recently interviewed by Adam’s Apple and was asked about his current semi-active status. The answer was rather simple with Cena saying that he doesn’t wrestle a full time schedule anymore because he’s old. He doesn’t want to wrestle 310 days a year anymore because it isn’t good for his overall health at his age. Here are his comments, with transcription courtesy of Ringsidenews.com:
“Full disclosure I can’t run at the full commanding schedule at 41-years-old as a current WWE Superstar. They go every day all the time and it is a young man’s game.”
“There are some folks out there because of what I’ve said and done in the past they’re like, ‘Oh you’re hypocritical.’ I’m old guys, I’m old. I’m 41 and performing 310 times a year isn’t what’s best for my overall health.”
“I want to be able to run the streets at 80 instead of hobbling around so I’m at a point in my life where I got to think a little bit long-term. That doesn’t mean I’m leaving WWE — I’ll never leave WWE it’s my home but right not I need to think of my overall health and right now this is the best plan for me.”
Opinion: It’s not the biggest surprise in the world as Cena hasn’t wrestled full time in several years. Cena hasn’t wrestled more than fifty televised matches in a year since 2014 (when he wrestled 53) and it’s very clear that he’s almost done with his career. The only thing that really makes me sad about this is how he just went away without the farewell that he deserves. That has to still be coming, right?
What do you think of the final stage of Cena’s career? Who else do you want to see him face? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Smackdown Reviews.
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