John Cena reckons WWE doesn't need him right now, but he admits he needs it, despite having so much else going on.
Cena has been locked in a prosperous relationship with Hollywood for years now and only wrestles on a part-time basis. But he did make a quick appearance at WrestleMania last month, showing up as the Doctor of Thuganomics to send fans down memory lane.
The 42-year-old is now likely to become a part of the Fast & Furious franchise after Vin Diesel seemed to suggest he's set to join the family in a cheeky Instagram video. And, speaking with Debbie Emery and Tony Maglio as part of a promotion for Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader, the superstar claimed that the wrestling promotion can do without him.
"[WWE is] certainly in a better place now than they were in let’s say 2003, and I know Vince will say on a quarterly call that he needs his stars, but he’s also aware that he’s developing them at a more rapid rate than he did when I started," he explained, via TheWrap.
"So I think the future is tremendously bright for WWE. The WWE does not need me. I need it and I love it, and I love every single moment I’m associated with it. 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 claims had he ever decided to leave the company back when he was the hottest thing around, they would have taken a financial hit.
"I’m older now. I just turned 42, I watch WWE on a regular basis and the talent is getting faster and more precise," he said. "I think I would have left the WWE high and dry, so to speak, [but] now they have so much talent and so many definable Superstars. There was a time when I could genuinely say, from a financial standpoint, they needed me -- that time is up."
What This Means
Cena's right, WWE has been doing fine with his few appearances, despite a recent ratings drop. Sure, they'd do quite well without him in the picture at all right now, but having him on as a full-time competitor would certainly hand them a boost.
So while they aren't worse off without him, they could be much better with him.