Love him or hate him, there is no denying that John Cena is one of the biggest WWE Superstars of all time and has been the face of the company for over a decade. But as the saying goes, “nothing lasts forever,” and there will come a time when Cena will have to move on from the ring—and he knows it.
In an interview with Complex.com, Cena was pretty honest when discussing the future of his in ring career and that there will be a time when his reign will end.
“I also know that my days are numbered," said Cena. " I just turned 40 in April and we have so many young and talented performers, I don’t know how many years I have left.”
But it sure isn’t like he has nothing else going on in his life. He hosted Saturday Night Live and acted in the movie Trainwreck. Then, there is the Fox TV show American Grit (season two premiered in June), and you will be able to hear him in the animated feature Ferdinand—scheduled for release on Dec. 15, 2017.
And you have probably seen the commercials for the new Tapout Body Sprays, of which Cena is the brand ambassador.
Check out this behind the scenes video of Cena’s Tapout Body Spray commercial:
In fact, he is so busy with everything else, when he recently returned to the WWE he did so as a “free agent” without specific ties to either RAW or SmackDown Live. The reason he wanted to do it that way was because of his crazy schedule and not knowing exactly which show he will be available for at different times.
“The reason that I wanted to be a free agent and the reason they kind of granted my request is because I don’t know if I’ll be available for Smackdown specific only or Raw specific only,” says Cena.
As often happens when WWE Superstars get big beyond the ring and start doing other projects, the term “part-timer” will inevitably get tossed around. Ironically, that was one of Cena’s key battle cries hurled at The Rock during their year-long feud leading up to their match at WrestleMania 28 in Miami.
Cena isn’t ready to call himself a part-timer though. Instead, referring to himself as an “all-timer.” And when asked if these labels affect him, he responded by saying:
“Yes and no. I’m still a fan of the WWE and I think that’s the most important thing. When you’re a fan, you stay very close to all the programming and all the broadcasts, there’s no dipping around the fact that I haven’t been on the program in a while because I’ve been doing other stuff. I haven’t danced around it, I explained that the reason I cannot be on the program is because the movie folks, their insurance doesn’t allow you to. That’s a dealbreaker, it’s not negotiable. But instead of laying low for a few months before I start another project, the second that I wrapped, I scurried on a plane and got right back into the WWE fold. I guess that’s what I mean by all-timer.
I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of great things happen, a lot of great opportunities, I could’ve just taken a month or two off and just sit back and relax and gotten myself together before the next thing, but I don’t want to do that. I think it’s imperative to be home with what I call my family and when I have any time available I will bring it into a WWE ring. I will work non-stop. I won’t just [say], "okay I’ve made it out of the WWE," which is what a lot of folks aspire to do they want to go onto something bigger and better when I think the WWE is the biggest and the best.”
And although he might feel like his “days are numbered” as far as his time in the ring is concerned, Cena doesn’t see himself ever not being involved with the WWE, his family of the past 15 years:
“If the day comes when I’m not involved with the WWE that would come as a drastic surprise to me. I would certainly understand it because we all have our career paths and nothing lasts forever, but WWE has been my family for the past 15 years and I’ve been very vocal about my passion and love for not just my time in the ring as a wrestler, but the company itself, what it stands for, the people that work for. I literally would do whatever they asked me to. In whatever capacity I can help the company I would love to do so.”