John Cena has given a glimpse into his future as the sixteen-time champion of the world says he doesn’t want to reach the point where he’s just going through the motions in the ring.
Cena made his hotly-anticipated return to WWE at the end of the Money In The Bank pay-per-view in July where he immediately confronted WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. After stealing an opportunity to fight Reigns that was originally meant to be Finn Balor, Cena is looking to break his tie with Ric Flair as he faces Reigns for the championship at SummerSlam.
Speaking to Chris Hardwick on ID1OT, John Cena discussed his return to the wrestling world and says he’s back to challenge himself:
“Returning to WWE, it’s a brand new world. A new cast of characters, a new direction with the company, new platforms, new environment. There is a challenge there. To challenge myself as a 44-year-old to go back, there is an intrinsic challenge there, a set of circumstances. That’s a good challenge in many ways. My body could tell me after this extended stay, ‘Dude, you’re done’ or it could tell me, ‘You’re so far from done it’s crazy.'”
“That’s another interesting conversation with myself. If physically, I’m slower, I’ve said openly to everyone that I will keep doing this until I feel I’m offending the customer. I will continually go out there and do what I can to contribute and add. I don’t want to go out there and be like, ‘Okay, just let him go out there and (do his thing).’ I’m not into that because I know what it’s like to pay for a ticket. If I were to get that on this go-round, it’s a humbling and tough thing that I will have to hurdle. If I get the opposite and it’s like, ‘You’re quicker and can do some things better and define a new personality,’ then that’s a new conversation because I do not have much time left and if I want to give it like, ‘Let’s really commit to this thing and really go all in,’ that’s an honest choice where other stuff will have to take a backseat.”
Cena then discussed the handful of dates the company originally asked him back for. According to Cena he wanted to do more to help both himself and the company as fans stream back to live events after the pandemic:
“When WWE wants you to come back, I gave them myself, they asked me to come back for only a few dates and I said, ‘No, I want to do all these dates.’ To one, get back in front of an audience. Two, to help the brand get audiences back in the building.”
Credit: Chris Hardwick on ID1OT