John Cena: I Will Keep Wrestling Until I Feel I'm Offending The WWE Customer
Cena wants to keep contributing to the WWE show
John Cena has opened up on his plans for retirement from WWE, saying he wants to keep wrestling until he feels like his involvement is an offence to the customer.
Cena has been a part of WWE for almost two decades and has sat in the top echelons of the promotion's roster for 15 years, although the 16-time World Champion's schedule has been reduced in recent times as Cena undertakes various projects outside of the company.
The 44-year-old has returned to WWE for the first time in 18 months and is working close to a full-time schedule again, with Cena enjoying the challenges that come with his comeback.
Cena indicates that he doesn't want to wrestle in WWE if he feels like he isn't contributing to the product, but also suggested a very successful run during his return could see him extend his return to the promotion as well.
Cena told Chris Hardwick on ID1OT: "Returning to WWE, it's a brand new world. A new cast of characters, new direction with the company, new platforms, new environment. There is a challenge there. To challenge myself as a 44-year-old to go back, there is an intrinsic challenge there, a set of circumstances.
"That's a good challenge in many ways. My body could tell me after this extended stay, 'dude, you're done' or it could tell me, 'You're so far from done it's crazy.' That's another interesting conversation with myself. If physically, I'm slower, I've said openly to everyone that I will keep doing this until I feel I'm offending the customer. I will continually go out there and do what I can to contribute and add.
"I don't want to go out there and be like, 'Okay, just let him go out there and (do his thing).' I'm not into that because I know what it's like to pay for a ticket. If I were to get that on this go-round, it's a humbling and tough thing that I will have to hurdle.
"If I get the opposite and it's like, 'You're quicker and can do some things better and define a new personality,' then that's a new conversation because I do not have much time left and if I want to give it like, 'let's really commit to this thing and really go all in,' that's an honest choice where other stuff will have to take a backseat.
"When WWE wants you to come back, I gave them myself, they asked me to come back for only a few dates and I said, 'No, I want to do all these dates.' To one, get back in front of an audience. Two, to help the brand get audiences back in the building."