Many expected there to be a last-minute addition to this year’s WrestleMania card to keep John Cena’s appearance streak alive.
Instead, it was the first year since 2003 that Cena wasn’t a part of WWE’s ‘Showcase Of The Immortals’.
During an interview with Bleacher Report, Cena has commented that he was quite content with not being a part of the show, and that the company is certainly strong enough to move on without him.
I want to be where I am and doing what I am, that’s why I made that choice. I think it’s really special, and we all think they’re never going to go on without us. That’s not true. It’s more reassuring to me to not only see that WWE has a life after me, which is inevitable for sure, but that the life is thriving.
There’s so many great storylines, so many great matches. It’s called WrestleMania, not CenaMania, you know? I’ve been a part [of it], and that part is over.
Cena has certainly made himself plenty of opportunities outside of WWE – including filming for the new Peacemaker film which was the reason for him being busy during WrestleMania season.
This is something that it would appear is strongly supported by the Vince McMahon, who Cena has the upmost time and respect for.
Vince McMahon to me is more than anyone could realise. He’s a close friend, a mentor, a father figure. He means a tremendous amount to me. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to conceptualise how much I love him and how much he means to me.
It’s also appreciative that someone like that understands what I’m doing and approaches my choices with empathy rather than apathy. The guy who runs the joint isn’t saying, ‘Screw it, get down here! It’s on a weekend, I know you’re not working!’ He approaches those choices with empathy, saying, ‘This is a great opportunity for you, John. You’re always a part of this family, and if you do well, we all do well.’ I reciprocate in saying that I want the WWE to thrive.
“That’s why I’ve invested so much of my blood, sweat and tears. I don’t want to see it fall off. I want to see it be everywhere. I want to see it be larger. I want to see it have more success. I want people to look back and not say, ‘Oh, man, it was great when…’ I want people to say, ‘He kind of opened the door for what’s going on now.’
Whether being cheered or booed, there’s no denying that Cena puts bums on seats and shirts on the backs of fans. He could come back at any time he wanted – but seems very happy with where his life is at this moment in time.