There is no other WWE superstar in history like John Cena. It isn’t only the in-ring entertainment that Cena has offered for over a decade, but the schedule this man endures on a yearly basis is maddening. The 15-time WWE champion takes on the WWE’s tasks, but also gives his time to charity and Hollywood entertainment. While wrestling over 300 days a year, Cena still found time to appear on nightly television, and show up on sitcoms and dramas.
All this time, Cena had to live up to the comparisons to The Rock and Hulk Hogan. Wrestlers who have the gift of marketability like those three men do are put into the spotlight more often than most. Hogan dominated the ’80s and ’90s. Dwayne Johnson appeared in the late-’90s and became one of the most-popular men in the world. In 2002, Cena debuted on the WWE’s main roster. It only took a couple of years to be the biggest star in the business.
His roles off WWE television are beginning to increase. Cena was in a big movie alongside comedian Amy Schumer in 2015. Cena’s appearances on daytime television ramped up with multiple check-ups on the Today Show. Adding to all of that was his own reality show on the Discovery Network. He’s currently filming Season 2 of that project in late-2016. Above all else, the West Newbury-Massachusetts native will host Saturday Night Live on December 10.
Where does it end for John Cena? Perhaps, the better question should be where will his Hollywood endeavors continue next? The Doctor of Thugonomics has remained off television for a few months due to his filming of his reality show. However, it may not be all roses in the WWE for Mr. Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect. According to DailyWrestlingNews.com, there could be a minor rift between John Cena and the WWE.
“A source noted that there has been a bit of friendly tension since Cena expressed interest in pursuing outside projects but there is no heat between he and Vince McMahon, and Cena remains committed to the company. It was also noted that Cena wasn’t thrilled, but not upset or angry, about Bill Goldberg’s return to the company. Part of Cena branching out with non-WWE projects is because he felt a bit taken for granted.
“Cena reportedly feels he has always there for the company, no matter what, and is frustrated by the big money and attention that part-timers like Lesnar, Goldberg and The Rock were getting for limited schedules or few appearances.”
In a recent article by the Inquisitr, Cena is set to only wrestle six months in 2017 due to a new movie role he received with a few big names in Hollywood. That will undoubtedly take months to film. It isn’t as if the WWE can halt their production to wait until he’s done with that project. So, they will be without their top star for the foreseeable future. Luckily for Vince McMahon, he’ll be back for the run to WrestleMania. That is where things get interesting.
The current plan is to have Cena take on the Undertaker for the WWE World championship. Now, it’s only December 4, so there is time to alter those plans a bit. In fact, McMahon has changed his mind on booking the night before WrestleMania. That happened to Roman Reigns two years ago. With Cena not happy about the kind of contract he’s working, discussions will have to take place to amend them.
Cena has always remained a likable guy that can work with his employer. If he was unhappy, then he is one of those to stand up to the WWE brass. Will the news of disinterest interfere with the WWE’s WrestleMania plans? That remains to be seen, but it shouldn’t. John Cena will remain a company man through any adversity.
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