John Cena admits he made a two-year exit strategy from WWE to commit to Hollywood at the expense of wrestling.

John Cena is no longer a regular in WWE after dominating the promotion for years, and the actor is now looking to commit to Hollywood at the expense of wrestling.


John Cena is no longer a permanent fixture on WWE television (Image: GETTY)

Wrestling legend-turned-Hollywood star John Cena admitted he is currently working on his exit strategy from WWE as he looks to close the book on his in-ring career. Cena was the biggest name in the sport for over a decade before developing his acting career, following in the footsteps of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.



Following a successful career in WWE, Cena swapped wrestling for Hollywood, appearing in films such as Trainwreck, Sisters, Daddy’s Home, Bumblebee, The Suicide Squad, and Fast X over the last decade or so. Amid the actors’ strike, Cena made an unexpected appearance on regular programming after he had not been seen since falling to Austin Theory at WrestleMania in April.


Recently, Cena appeared on a ‘Best of 2023’ episode of SmackDown on FOX. He acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding how much time he truly has left in WWE, and dove into details over his future in an interview with People.

“I turned 47 this past year and I don’t have much time left in the WWE…I’m trying to figure out when to close that chapter,” Cena said. “I wouldn’t be who I am – professionally or personally – without the WWE, and I promised myself that I would never simply just be there for my own sake.

John Cena has transitioned to acting, starring in films such as ‘Fast X’ (Image: GETTY)

“Every time I perform, I want to give my all to the audience. And I’ve got to admit when I hit the 45 mark, I had to begin to try to form an exit strategy and I’m trying to work on that currently.”

In his last match, Cena was crushed by Solo Sikoa at Crown Jewel back in November. From the way he discusses the subject, Cena’s in-ring career is likely coming to an end – but he hopes to be able to use his experience to guide the next generation of superstars.

John Cena lost to Austin Theory at WrestleMania 39 last year (Image: GETTY)

“I just want to do what’s best for the company,” Cena suggested. “If it’s a big final match or if it’s just a final match, or however I can be integrated into the product to let everyone know that this chapter is over, I’m willing to listen to what WWE has to say.”

He added: “I do have almost two and a half decades of wisdom built up where I think I can offer a mentor perspective for sure. So, if I am not integrated with the WWE family moving forward and in perpetuity, then I think it’s a waste for everyone involved.”