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John Cena opens up on taking a step back from WWE in-ring action

John Cena recently spoke with Sports Illustrated to promote his “Playing with Fire” movie, which is out now.

In this interview, Cena gave some interesting comments about how he is fully immersed in his acting career after he’s given his life to WWE. For a decade, Cena was the face of the company and was a company man but now he has taken his talents to Hollywood. 

“I literally give my life, willingly, to WWE,” Cena said. “But you shouldn’t be the same person you were yesterday. You should always evolve and grow and change. I want to make sure I still love what I do. I never want to get to the point where I steal your money just to get your money.”

Although Cena understands that his return would bring a boost to WWE’s viewership for both flagship shows – Raw and SmackDown, he knows the age that he’s at and doesn’t want to come across as someone just taking the money of fans for pure gain. 

“Professional wrestling is a wonderful industry, but it’s also extremely addictive,” Cena said. “It’s addictive because it makes you feel relevant, it makes you feel important. It can fill the void of a lot of things that you may not be brave enough to face. It also pays really well, so you get attached to the financial security. It allows you to make irresponsible financial decisions because you think the money’s always going to be there.

“The fan base has seen some wonderful individuals look a step slower. I just don’t want to be that person. People like Steve Austin and Dwayne Johnson, they have done it perfectly.”

“Playing with Fire” stars Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo, and Tyler Mane.

Cena will be playing the lead role of a smokejumper, a firefighter who parachutes into remote areas to battle blazes. The film had an original planned theatrical release of March 2020.


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