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Is this goodbye? An emotional John Cena talks about his WWE future

Following Sunday night’s WWE No Mercy pay-per-view, John Cena was on Raw Talk to talk about his match with Roman Reigns. Cena put over Reigns and said that he respects him and he got to see Reigns mature over the last 4 weeks. As previously noted, the Cena/Reigns match was booked because the idea was for Cena to put over Reigns since the company is banking on Reigns being the next face of the company. They’ve tried before and this is Vince McMahon’s latest attempt at getting the fans to accept Reigns.

Jerry “The King” Lawler asked John Cena if this was his swan song in WWE. Cena said, “No, for years everybody said they couldn’t see me but no, I just think my role is different. I said the same thing on the Edge and Christian podcast. Regardless if I have outside opportunities or not, I’m 40 years old and I have 15 years of track experience here in WWE and not at a normal level – at an elite level. I don’t know how much longer I can keep it up.” Cena continued, “I gotta know when to say when and I’m not done. I don’t know if I can keep going at the same pace that I’ve been going and I think that’s a major thing for me to try to consider. This is my family. This is my life. I eat, breathe and sleep WWE. I don’t think anybody, whether they like me or they don’t, can argue that. I guess I’ll be like a weird Batman character. When they shine the light, I’ll come running.”

Cena said that he aired his grievances with Reigns over the last few weeks and said that it’s been a wonderful 4 weeks to see him mature and he proved himself at No Mercy. Cena put him over as being very gifted and he’s beyond impressed with him.

“Tonight, you saw Roman Reigns step up and take [the torch] and that’s what you do. It isn’t passed, it’s taken.” He said that it’s up for Reigns to run with that torch. Cena said, “I’m so proud of him. I just hope he keeps that passion and that fire because it’s not about speaking clearly or saying the right words. It’s about showing the people that show up, that put their heart and soul to walk into this building to cheer and boo, it’s about showing them equal respect. Roman is all about respect. If he gives everything he’s got to this business, with the gifts and ability that he has, the sky is the limit.”

He got a little emotional and ended by saying, “I don’t need to say anything to the WWE Superstars. I would like to take a second to say thank you to the WWE Universe because they have been so unbelievably generous and grateful and loud and responsive in good times and in bad and they single-handedly allowed me to do this for as long as I have but I’m not gone but things are changing for me. I just couldn’t be more appreciative for everyone that has torn a ticket and sat down and been entertained and we’ll go from there.”

It sure sounded like Cena is going to be off WWE TV for a while. Obviously, things can change but Cena is advertised for the Survivor Series PPV in November. Meanwhile, there are big plans for Roman Reigns beginning on Monday Night Raw and at the WWE TLC pay-per-view. It’s a spoiler but if you want to know more then click here.

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