John Cena drops new WWE RETIREMENT hint in statement over Goldberg vs The Undertaker fight
Cena has taken a peripheral role in the WWE over the past few years having enjoyed a thriving acting career and entered his 40s.
Wrestling fans from around the world still love the 16-time world champion, though, and his returns to the ring are always eagerly-anticipated.
John Cena is currently gearing up to star in Fast & Furious 9, alongside WWE legend The Rock and franchise regular Vin Diesel.
The 42-year-old has now hinted films might soon be the only place fans can see him, with his wrestling career potentially coming to an end.
Cena dropped the revelation when asked about Goldberg’s fight with Undertaker at Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia, which has seen both veterans backed to call it a day.
“I think an individual’s career is up to the individual, I think that’s pretty much the way I can describe that,” Cena told TMZ Sports.
“I’ve been having the same conversation with myself.
“I’m only 42 but it’s something we’ve got to address each day.
“It’s individually specific – when those people are ready to stop they’ll stop.”
Cena insisted, however, that he is still in good shape and quitting the WWE would not be due to an injury.
“Man, I always feel good,” Cena said, when asked if he feels good.
WWE chiefs made Cena the face of the brand thanks to his all action performances in the wrestling wring.
But he predicted last week that Vince McMahon and co. will no longer need to lean on one or two stars going forward.
“I think the dynamic of the programme is changing,” Cena said.
“For the longest time, I think, if you consider WWE a band, there’s been one front-person of the band.
“I think that dynamic is changing and it’s because the audience is too diverse.
“I think older males are watching it, younger kids are watching it, females are watching it.
“The audience is so diverse so with a diverse audience, it’s tough to universally please someone.
“In the ’80s, you had a family-oriented program and Hulk Hogan was the front-man.
“In the ’90s, you had 18 to 35-year-old males.
“In comes Steve Austin and Dwayne Johnson, because they hit right down that wheelhouse.
“And then there was me, but even myself as you know, went through a polarising stage where half the audience likes you and half the audience doesn’t.
“So I don’t think there’s a universal figure that will lead the company forward.
“I think as the company grows and especially expands globally, you’re gonna have, like a Super-Friends of the WWE which is like, people who are essentially fighting for equal share of popularity.
“I think the band essentially will now have 10 lead singers of every different race, creed, colour, sex, ethnicity.
“So, I believe that I was kind of the last of that, and I think the landscape has changed so much that’s more of group effort rather than an individual effort.”
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