John Cena is adamant he will never leave the WWE but admits age is catching up with him.
Cena, 42, is the cover star for the November 2019 issue of Good Housekeeping. The “American Heroes” special shows Cena dressed as a firefighter on the magazine cover.
“I already know that I’m a little lighter, I’m a little slower, I’m not as strong, so all of the physical signs are like, ‘I’m here, I’m here, I’m here,'” he says of his WWE career. “I can lie to myself and say those things aren’t happening. They are.”
“Either I accommodate my performance, or just say, ‘Hey it’s time to do something different.’ I don’t ever want to use the word retire,” he continues. “WWE is my family, they’ll always be my family and none of any of this exists without them, and I will never forget that.”
Cena and his ex-fiancee Nikki Bella famously split shortly before their wedding. A key challenge in their relationship was children: Bella wanted kids and Cena was unsure.
“I don’t have a negative view towards parenting, so it doesn’t change it,” Cena says. “If anything, I’ve grown to enjoy being around children more and more. I’ve always enjoyed it, but it used to be only maybe in like a performance aspect.”
“It’s cool because how much kids want to learn and how excited they are to learn about the questions that they have, no matter how ridiculous,” he adds. “I just, I don’t know if I could do it. Or I’m not sure I can do it full-time right now.”
The November issue of Good Housekeeping is on newsstands Oct. 22.