Booker T believes John Cena has started to slow down in the ring and that it's time for the 16 time World Champion to step aside.
There are a number of surefire signs that we are well and truly on the road to WrestleMania. Rivalries begin to heat up, the Royal Rumble is on the horizon, and John Cena has returned to WWE. It has become an annual tradition that once Christmas Day is out of the way, Cena slowly injects himself back into the WWE fold.
Cena even has a regular act. The veteran cuts an inspirational promo about his potential route to WrestleMania. It begins with him claiming he'll win the men's Royal Rumble match, then on to Elimination Chamber, and continues until he has earned himself a match. Last year, that didn't happen until WrestleMania rolled around and The Undertaker showed up unexpectedly to take on Cena.
This time around, Cena had a chance to book his spot on the Royal Rumble card by becoming the number one contender to the Universal Title. However, The Franchise Player failed to do that as he was pinned in a Fatal 4 Way match by Finn Balor. Hall Of Famer Booker T believes that Cena's performance in that match is a surefire sign that the legend's time inside the ring needs to come to an end.
"I don't care what John Cena says, he can say he's got the fire again...your time is up. It's over, man," Booker said during the latest episode of Heated Conversations. The six-time World Champion spoke of how Cena was a lot slower during the four-way during which he lost to Balor. He also said that younger guys such as Balor are coming in and changing the game and that it is time for Cena to step aside and let them.
While there is no doubting that Cena's in-ring career is currently winding down, there are a couple of things wrong with what Booker is saying. First of all, the age gap between Balor and Cena isn't that big. The Irishman is only four years younger than Cena. Secondly, Booker T is a whole eight years older than Cena and he continues to wrestle. Admittedly it's not on the same level as Cena, but his comments are still a little hypocritical.