John Cena has discussed his transition away from wrestling to a career as a movie star and TV host, noting that his days at WWE’s showpiece event WrestleMania may now be behind him.
Cena will be featured in two major motion pictures in 2021. F9, the latest instalment in The Fast And The Furious franchise sees Cena star as Jakob Toretto. In August Marvel’s The Suicide Squad will see Cena feature as Peacemaker.
Speaking to Bleacher Report Cena discussed his new opportunities and why his window in the squared circle may be closing after nearly twenty years in WWE.
“We all have a window. And I love listening to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin talk about his window. My goal when I stepped foot in WWE was to leave it better than I found it, and it’s really great to be able to see an event.”
John Cena then discussed his role at WrestleMania. WrestleMania 37 in 2021 was the first time Cena had been completely absent from the event since his debut at ‘The Show Of Shows’ in 2003. Cena had previously said it would be “selfish” of him to attend WrestleMania as he was obligated to filming at the time.
“I almost had the best transition you can possibly have. My last two WrestleManias were very interesting: an almost cinematic-type match and before that, I was a fan. I got to sit in the crowd and see WrestleMania, I got to see the product. I got to see a stadium full of fans and it was beautiful, I felt at home.”
At WrestleMania 34 in 2018, Cena waited for much of the show out in the crowd awaiting to see if The Undertaker would answer his WrestleMania challenge. Eventually the Deadman did appear to put Cena away in short order.
Cena then continued:
“I want to be where I am and doing what I am, that’s why I made that choice. I think it’s really special, and we all think they’re never going to go on without us. That’s not true. It’s more reassuring to me to not only see that WWE has a life after me, which is inevitable for sure, but that the life is thriving.”
“There’s so many great storylines, so many great matches. It’s called WrestleMania, not CenaMania, you know? I’ve been a part [of it], and that part is over.”
WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently discussed Cena’s endeavours outside the wrestling ring. Cena holds the record for most Make-A-Wish wishes ever granted.