Over the last few years, Cena has taken a big step back from WWE as he has put his full efforts into his acting career. The former WWE Champion also understands and admitted that WWE doesn’t need him right now. He had to take a step back in order to realize that.
“The WWE does not need me. I need it and I love it, and I love every single moment I’m associated with it,” Cena said. “But I felt it the first time this year at WrestleMania: I took a step back and looked at everything and (realized) it is such a powerful machine.”
Cena brought up how he is open to being a coach at the WWE Performance Center due to him living in Tampa, Florida when he can’t keep up with the speed of matches.
Cena made it clear that he doesn’t have the mindset that he can work as he did a decade ago. At this time, he’s not sure it is the right time for him to go on wrestling.
“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 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,” Cena said. “I would much rather leave a lasting impression for what I did then try to milk the system for selfish gain.”