John Cena missed WrestleMania this year, but the show went on without him. That is a trend that we are likely to continue seeing as John Cena’s appearances become even more infrequent.
While speaking to Bleacher Report, John Cena was asked what it was like to miss WrestleMania after being a part of the show of shows for so long. He said that there is a WWE without him and it feels good knowing that he left WWE better than the way he found it.
CenaMania ran wild through WWE for nearly a decade, but that time is no longer now.
“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. 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.”
“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.”
John Cena will likely wrestle again, but his current commitments are keeping him from WWE. He filmed the HBO Max Suicide Squad spin-off Peacemaker in Canada for months, and that caused him to miss Mania this year. He seems to have stepped away from WWE and come to terms with that as well.