John Cena has been in a lot of films, and some big projects are in the pipeline. They haven’t all been winners, because Cena used to appear in much different films. He now understands why some of those older projects weren’t the best, because his heart wasn’t in it.

While speaking to Insight with Chris Van Vliet, John Cena revealed that he first took on acting as a business decision. Steve Austin was supposed to star in The Marine, but he didn’t want to do the movie. That is when Cena agreed to do the project under the premise that it would sell more seats to WWE events. It’s debatable whether or not that happened. Cena had two weeks to prepare for that first starring role.

John Cena went on to say that he didn’t have the right attitude about acting at first because he was just wanting to get back to WWE. Now he spends more time in Hollywood and it seems to have flipped on WWE.

“I started doing movies as a business decision. Steve Austin was supposed to do The Marine, he passed. Vince was like, ‘Hey I need you to go to Australia,’ this was two weeks before shooting as he explained that if we can bolster WWE Studios then we can bolster WWE live event attendance. So, we can do larger buildings and be more wide spread. I was like, ‘This guy’s on to something, alright, let’s go do this thing so I can get back in the ring!’ That was the wrong approach to take and in turn I did a lot of bad movies.”


John Cena will likely be back in WWE very soon. He wraps up shooting the Peacemaker HBO Max series in Canada during the first week of July. That will give him plenty of time to make his way back in time for SummerSlam. It is rumored that he has a match in the pipeline against Roman Reigns on August 21st in Las Vegas.

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H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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