Metro recently did an interview with former WWE Champion, John Cena and while a variety of topics was discussed, one of the most interesting ones to come up was why he can’t film and wrestle at the same time. The reason for that is pretty simple, especially since The Rock has been kept from active competition over the last few years due to his movie roles, but Cena seemed to reference a specific incident in letting the publication know why he can’t do both at the same time.
On why he can’t wrestle and do movies at the same time.
“I would do both at the same time, but the movie guys are a little weird with their insurance. They don’t want me to go smashing my face up. [Laughs] I’m excited for all the opportunities outside the WWE ring, only because it raises awareness of the WWE. I take great pride in my profession, but I’m very aware of the perception of it. I think a lot of people think we are just what we are, and that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with that. But there are plenty of talented people who travel with the WWE and produce wonderful entertainment every week. We do live sports entertainment, and it’s like no other. To be able to do stuff like this outside of the norm and for people to say, ‘Wow, that’s pretty good,’ that bodes well for getting more eyes on the ring.”
Whats interesting about this statement is the fact that Seth Rollins accidentally broke Cena’s nose during a match a few years ago on Raw and it took Cena a few weeks to recover from the incident. Rollins was never officially punished, but WWE did make a line of t-shirts to poke fun at the incident and fans continued to rage on about how Rollins was dangerous inside the ring. With that being said, his comments above seem like a clear reference to this incident, especially since he mentions his face specifically.
On people respecting wrestling more
“More and more. And a lot of our methods of entertainment are being adopted by both mainstream sports and mainstream entertainment. If you look at how ESPN has shifted its content, the way shows feature a lot of argumentative debate rather than informative sports reporting, then sports borrows a lot from the WWE. I’m very happy to see it, and I think that’s what leading to more understanding of what we do and respecting it.”
The rest of the interview can be seen here an involves some great discussions about his previous movie roles.