Cena has been working on a part-time basis with Vince McMahon’s promotion ever since 2017 due to his advanced age of 42 and his busy Hollywood schedule.
The Leader of the Cenation has been part of various blockbuster hits and seems set to join the Suicide Squad and the Fast and the Furious cast while hosting Nickelodeon’s Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? show.
The 16-time world champion is still loyal to WWE but believes the current talent is so impressive that there is no need for him anymore, something he realised during his non-wrestling appearance at WrestleMania 35.
Cena told The Wrap: “That literally depends on the immediate future.
The WWE does not need me
“There’s a few opportunities that have been set in front of me. If they work out — and I hope they work out — they’ll be wonderful challenges in life and for me to grow as a person, so I’ll more than likely take them.
“It doesn’t mean that my heart doesn’t lie with WWE. I’ve often said that if I’m doing something like [‘Fifth Grader’] then it’s impossible to do something like that.
“I’m older now. I just turned 42, I watch WWE on a regular basis and the talent is getting faster and more precise.
“I think I would have left the WWE high and dry, so to speak, [but] now they have so much talent and so many definable superstars.
“There was a time when I could genuinely say, from a financial standpoint, they needed me — that time is up. The WWE does not need me.
“I need it and I love it, and I love every single moment I’m associated with it.
“But I felt it the first time this year at WrestleMania: I took a step back and looked at everything and [realised] it is such a powerful machine.”
Cena isn’t ruling out the possibility of undertaking a different role in WWE once he feels like he can no longer wrestle.
The Champ would be keen to become a coach at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and help build the next generation of superstars.
Cena added: “I’ve made it a promise never to shortchange the WWE consumer. They are dedicated, they demand excellence and if I can’t keep up with the speed of the show then I’d coach, I’d go down to the Performance Center often and speak to the students.
“I live in Tampa, which is close to Orlando. I am not saying ‘I’m doing this and leaving you guys behind.’ I’m having a talk with the man in the mirror and saying I might be a step slower and I am not sure it is right for me to go on. You always want to walk away at the right time and never want the courtesy clap from the audience.
“I don’t want to go out there and think I can perform like I’m 30, because I can’t. It’s something I’ve seen a few instances of and I’m going to try everything in my power not to do that.
“I am not sick of it, I am just trying to have that realistic conversation that not many people in sports or entertainment — or sports-entertainment — have, they want to hold on to that flame as long as they can.
“I would much rather leave a lasting impression for what I did then try to milk the system for selfish gain.”
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