What does retirement mean in wrestling? Unless you’ve been badly injured, it often means that you take a break for a while, until somebody offers you an opportunity to come back and make some money for another match. John Cena, though, seems like a guy who takes things more seriously than most. Even though he’s barely around WWE anymore, spends most of his time making movies and hosting non-wrestling TV shows, and only made a cameo appearance at WrestleMania this year, Cena hasn’t officially retired from the ring.
A TMZ reporter asked John Cena, not about his own retirement, but about whether retirement would be the best option for the Undertaker and Goldberg, in light of their disastrous match at Super ShowDown last Friday. That match started with Goldberg concussing himself, ended with him passing out, and featured Taker almost getting his neck broken in the middle. Meanwhile, John Cena just joined the Fast & Furious franchise, and is the new host of Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, so it does start to seem like leaving wrestling at a younger age might be a better path. Still, if you were expecting Cena to disrespect his senior colleagues, you don’t know Cena very well, as he quickly turns the question on himself instead.
I think an individual’s career is up to the individual. I think that’s pretty much the way I can describe that. You know, I’ve been having the same conversation with myself. I’m only 42 but it’s something we’ve gotta address each day and that’s individually specific. When those people are ready to stop, they’ll stop.
Even if Cena is considering a retirement from wrestling, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen soon. It seems like he’d want to come back for a little final run before walking away for good, and ironically that’s hard to do when you’re a movie star. But if he does it, it will probably be for good. Especially since he’s already made clear he’s not interested in working in Saudi Arabia, which is the number one reason guys come out of retirement these days.