John Cena talks potential retirement from pro wrestling aka sports entertainment


John Cena talks potential retirement from pro wrestling aka sports entertainment
- 20th June 2014

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John Cena has been the face of the WWE for about a decade and it's tough to picture the company without the 11-time WWE Champion, but the "Cenation Leader" recently addressed his career possibly winding down and him retiring.

While Cena has suffered several injuries over the years due to the grueling schedule and wear and tear he has put on his body, in an interview with Philly.com he said that he isn't planning on retiring any time soon and that he has plenty left in the tank.

"A lot's happened. Physically, I'm just getting started, Cena told the website as he prepared to attend Wizard Con Philly this weekend. "There's plenty left to do. Every day is another opportunity. So it's been a long and great ride."

Cena was also asked about Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who was once the face of the WWE before moving onto movies and taking a seven year hiatus from the company and then returning on part-time appearance deals. Cena said that he hasn't thought about leaving the WWE for Hollywood.

"Oh, no. Dwayne? There's only one Dwayne Johnson. I'd like to be myself, so I'll find a path doing something. I don't know if it's going to be filling his shoes. He's set the bar pretty high," Cena said.

Cena faced The Rock in back-to-back years at WrestleManias XXVIII and XXIX, trading victories with him.

Cena also said he was in "pretty important company" when discussing being ranked high in WWE lore alongside the likes of The Rock and Hulk Hogan. Cena also discussed helping his father, John Cena Sr., get healthy after he gained a lot of weight and had health issues.

"Once my dad said he was all for it, it was easy," Cena said. "But the initial conversation was tough. But, because my plan is extremely easy, everything worked out . . . and here he is on his 70th birthday, 53 pounds lighter from when he started."

Cena has been a polarizing figure in the WWE, receiving mixed reactions as kids look up to him as a hero and the older demographic doesn't like his perceived stale character. Cena discussed being loved and hated by many.

"I'm a very strong individual," he said. "When you have a set of ideals and make them really well-known, people either like them or they don't."

Cena will look for his 12th WWE Championship when he partakes in a seven-man ladder match for the vacant belt at Money in the Bank on June 29 at the TD Garden in Boston.