John Cena reflects on prospect of retirement, balancing careers.
On the prospect of retiring:
"That's like asking an athlete, 'Hey, do you ever contemplate retirement?' You have to, because anything that you rely on your body for [as far as] an end result, time is going to catch up with you," Cena said in a recent interview with ESPN's Cari Champion. "There is going to come a point when I can no longer keep up with the pace. I made a promise to myself years ago -- years before I ever found my passion for being on-screen -- when I can't keep up with the pace, I've got to walk away.
"I don't want to take a ticket-buyer's money and have him sit down and be like, 'Eh, he's just hangin' on'. I don't ever want that feeling," Cena continued. "I don't think that correlates with what I'm doing now; the biggest difficulty is trying to juggle stuff."
On juggling WWE and acting:
"I have learned, and I'm trying to fight this system but I'm losing, once you're in production for a movie, they don't allow you to wrestle. I can't go to a WWE taping [and] have my nose put over here," Cena said, pushing his finger toward his cheek. "Not only doesn't it look good, it's, 'Man, you don't look right,' so they shut the whole movie down. [There are] 150 people that are expecting a paycheck for that movie and I just screwed them out of their wage. It ups the budget of the movie, so I just put the movie behind the eight ball of possibly being a financial success.
"So as much as I want to do everything, you can't," Cena continued. "This was a giant misunderstanding I had about what Dwayne was doing -- what The Rock was doing -- because he does movie after movie after movie. I know the feeling of wanting to go back -- and I'm going back as soon as I can -- but I can't go back until I'm done with this."
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