John Cena’s victory with LA Knight over Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa at Fastlane might be one of the last the WWE Universe gets to see, with the 16-time world champion admitting the end is on the horizon for his in-ring career.
The future Hall of Famer made his return to WWE on the September 1 edition of Smackdown and will continue to be on television this month, with the Hollywood writers and actors strike clearing his schedule for the foreseeable future.
Despite making an appearance at Money in the Bank in London this year, WrestleMania 39 was the last time the WWE Universe were treated to a Cena match before Fastlane.
With the ‘Greatest of All Time’ spending large periods of time away since his final match as a full-time performer in 2017, the end of Cena’s career is closer than ever.
The man himself admitted at the Fastlane press conference that his last match is in sight, with his current run in WWE being used to see where he’s at.
“I’ve told everyone this ain’t the last one, but I know the last one’s on the horizon,” Cena told media.
“This trip back has been a gauge for me to test where I’m at and what the future holds for me.
“Some of you watched the match. I was in the thing tonight, I’ve got some work to do and I’ve got to realise that I’ve got some figuring out to function at the level that I’m used to, to be able to perform at a level that I’m familiar with and what the audience is familiar with”.
With the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes seemingly coming to an end, Hollywood will be returning to somewhat of a normalcy in coming months, meaning actors and writers will be going back to work after a hiatus.
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For the WWE Universe, this means time is limited to be able to see Cena, who admits his current run will come to an end as soon as Hollywood calls him back.
“I’ve made it perfectly clear you can’t do both, because of the liability insurance,” he said.
“If I were to try and juggle both, that’s very selfish because I would put a whole lot of people in the movie business out of work if something were to happen to me.
“We’re in the middle of a project. I can’t talk about the project because of the strike we’re in, but we’re in the middle of it and as soon as we get back to work, we go back to work.
“I don’t control any of that. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping we can find a resolve that everybody’s happy with, and for right now, I think this is the best way I can help, is to come back home to my family (the WWE)”.
Speaking on Cena’s current run with the company, WWE Chief Content Officer Paul “Triple H” Levesque says the fans should enjoy every minute they have left of the 16-time world champion.
“I would just say this – to everybody out there, revel in it, because the appreciation level that John should get is off the charts,” he told media.
“When he’s here, don’t criticise it, don’t overthink it, just enjoy it because it won’t last forever and we all need to understand that.”
Levesque said the moments that Cena has been able to give to the likes of LA Knight and The Bloodline have been incredible.
“I just want to say thank you to John. The moment he’s been giving to people like LA Knight, the moment he’s giving to people like Jimmy (Uso), Solo (Sikoa), there’s no experience like it,” he stated.
“There’s no experience like that in the world to them and he’s gracing them with that, he’s gracing us with that, so thank you John”.