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John Cena comments on his long term WWE status

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WWE Superstar John Cena recently spoke to Jeff Conway of Forbes. The 16-time World Champion discussed several topics during the interview, including his ongoing status with the company beyond the WWE SummerSlam 2021 PPV, which takes place on August 21st.

‘I didn’t want to really leave in the first place, but I was faced with a bold choice, and that bold choice is try your hand at another way of entertaining people through movies and television, but if you take that risk, then you can’t be on the WWE in a full capacity,” John Cena began. 

“I could speak maybe, or I could be an announcer, but you can’t participate”, Cena continued. “You can’t have matches because the insurance companies bound you to the production. That’s very fair terms.”

John Cena on WWE status

“This is the first time, like Fast came out, The Suicide Squad is coming out August 6. We just dropped the trailer for Vacation Friends. I’ve been filming movies a lot, and that’s why I’ve been away. This is the first time I got a break,” Cena revealed.

“I have this block of time, so instead of taking a deep breath and kind of letting it all sink in, I wanted to go home and see my family in WWE, so back to the ring I go!’


Cena also alluded to his ongoing WWE status and his upcoming Universal Championship match against Roman Reigns.

‘Man, never say never about the WWE. Like I said, I had a month to myself, and here I am back in a ring. So maybe if I get another month to catch my breath, I’ll hopefully make another visit back,” Cena teased.

“I’m going to have to defend that championship that I win from Roman somehow (winks)!’ The 16-time World Champion concluded.

Here is the card that WWE has confirmed for far for the SummerSlam 2021 PPV event:

  • WWE Universal Championship Match ’“ Roman Reigns (c) vs John Cena
  • Raw Women’s Championship Match ’“ Nikki A.S.H. (c) vs Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair (Triple Threat Match)
  • WWE Championship Match ’“ Bobby Lashley (c) vs Goldberg

WWE will likely be announcing more matches for the PPV event in the coming weeks. These announcements will be coming on WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown and their social media channels.

Don’t miss SummerSlam on Saturday, Aug. 21, streaming at 8 ET/5 PT exclusively on Peacock in the United States, BT Sport Box Office in the United Kingdom and WWE Network everywhere else (including the UK).

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