In a recent interview on “Busted Open Radio,” legendary WWE superstar John Cena discussed his impending departure from the wrestling world. The 16-time world champion revealed that his body’s limitations have forced him to step back, even though he yearns to continue his career.
“I wish I was still there every day, it’s just my body can’t do it anymore and I don’t wanna give the consumer a bad product,” Cena candidly admitted during the rare appearance. Reflecting on his physical condition, he expressed confidence in delivering his best, as seen in his performance at WrestleMania 39. However, he acknowledged that such displays were not sustainable on a daily basis within WWE.
Cena acknowledged the evolving nature of sports entertainment, noting that the bar has been raised significantly. “What I have is what you saw at WrestleMania 39, that’s what I feel confident that I can deliver,” Cena said. “And that’s really nice for here and there, but that’s not every day in WWE.” Displaying humility, Cena expressed his desire to contribute to the industry by leaving it in a better state than when he entered.
Prior to discussing his retirement, Cena expressed gratitude towards co-host Bully Ray for welcoming him into the WWE family during their tour of Japan many years ago. He described his journey as “a ride on a lightning bolt” and emphasized the importance of teamwork in achieving success. Despite the perception that he passed the torch to the current Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, Cena hesitated to view his own legacy as something that can be easily passed on.
“It was said that I passed the torch to Roman years ago, and he absolutely is the face of the franchise,” Cena acknowledged. “In my mind, he’s the greatest of all time.”
Cena’s final WWE match, at least for the foreseeable future, took place on April 1 at WrestleMania 39 in Hollywood, where he was defeated by WWE United States Champion Austin Theory. While his wrestling career may be on hold, Cena fans can catch him on the silver screen in “Fast X,” set to hit theaters this weekend.
The quotes in this article are sourced from “Busted Open Radio,” with a hat tip to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.
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