John Cena has had one of the most successful wrestling careers in the WWE, but in a new interview with Willie Geist for “Sunday Today” he admits he’s looking toward a future that doesn’t involve battling it out in the ring.
“When do I walk away?” Cena asks rhetorically. “And when do I walk away with essentially a sense of mental and physical sanity? And I’m right at that precipice. Like, I feel great, I’m in the best shape of my life. It’s not that I couldn’t continue, but I think from this point on I run the risk of tipping that balance the wrong way.
However, he insists that even if it’s on a limited basis, inside or outside the ring, his loyalty to the WWE is unwavering.
“I will never walk away from WWE,” he tells Geist.
“That’s the great thing about WWE, you can perform in any capacity,” he adds. “And, as long as I’ve made a promise in the in-ring aspect of things, as long as I can keep up with the current product, I can perform.”
The way he sees it, his ability to pursue an acting career while maintaining a presence in the WWE brings him the best of both worlds.
“The opportunities that I’ve been awarded keep me from being in the ring and I actually think that’s good because it makes any time that I’m invited back to WWE super, super special,” he explains. “And that’s the way it should be.”
Beside, he adds, his 42-year-old body can no longer take the punishment it once could.
“If I didn’t have these opportunities, I still would be taking, actively taking, time off,” says Cena. “My body just can’t handle the schedule anymore.”
You can watch the interview in its entirety on “Sunday Today”, airing Sunday, Oct. 6.