John Cena has quietly become a semi-retired pro wrestler at this point. He hasn’t wrestled a match in over a year. His last match wasn’t even a real contest as he had a Firefly Fun House match against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 36. Vince McMahon misses having Cena around, but he understands why he can’t be around.
While speaking with Bleacher Report, John Cena said that Vince McMahon is “empathetic” toward his decision to take up so many acting gigs. He will always be a part of the WWE family, but McMahon seems to understand the great opportunities for his 16x World Champion.
“It’s also appreciative that someone like that understands what I’m doing and approaches my choices with empathy rather than apathy. The guy who runs the joint isn’t saying, ‘Screw it, get down here! It’s on a weekend, I know you’re not working!’ He approaches those choices with empathy, saying, ‘This is a great opportunity for you, John. You’re always a part of this family, and if you do well, we all do well.’ I reciprocate in saying that I want the WWE to thrive.”
“That’s why I’ve invested so much of my blood, sweat and tears. I don’t want to see it fall off. I want to see it be everywhere. I want to see it be larger. I want to see it have more success. I want people to look back and not say, ‘Oh, man, it was great when…’ I want people to say, ‘He kind of opened the door for what’s going on now.’”
John Cena’s career is thriving outside of WWE. The acting gigs keep coming and he will be everywhere as The Peacemaker soon enough. Cena will likely wrestle for WWE again, but it’s good to know that Vince McMahon understands why he can’t be around as often.