John Cena ended up missing WrestleMania for the first time in almost two decades.
In recent years, he has taken a step back from the company to focus on his acting career. He wrestled The Undertaker in a short match at WrestleMania 34, did a segment with Elias at WrestleMania 35 then did a Firefly Fun House match with Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 36.
He had to miss WrestleMania 37 due to him filming HBO’s “Peacemaker” series and because of the COVID-19 protocols that went along with being on set.
Cena discussed missing the show and WWE moving on without him while speaking with Graham Matthews of Bleacher Report.
“We all have a window,” he said. “And I love listening to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin talk about his window. My goal when I stepped foot in WWE was to leave it better than I found it, and it’s really great to be able to see an event. I almost had the best transition you can possibly have.”
He brought up his part in the last few WrestleMania’s including WrestleMania 34 where he got to see the show from the point of a fan and when that happened, he thought it was beautiful and felt at home.
“I want to be where I am and doing what I am, that’s why I made that choice,” Cena said. “I think it’s really special, and we all think they’re never going to go on without us. That’s not true. It’s more reassuring to me to not only see that WWE has a life after me, which is inevitable for sure, but that the life is thriving.”
Cena continued by stating that there are so many great matches and storylines in WWE.
He added, “It’s called WrestleMania, not CenaMania, you know? I’ve been a part [of it], and that part is over.”
Cena also talked about his working relationship with Vince McMahon, hosting Wipeout, Roman Reigns, and more. Check out the full interview here.