John Cena’s role in the WWE is in a strange place leading up to WrestleMania 33, but there’s a reason he’s not being booked with the rest of SmackDown’s top talent.
Cena is set to take part in a mixed tag-team match with his real-life girlfriend Nikki Bella against The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania. It’s a low-profile match for one of the WWE’s biggest stars, but that’s not by mistake.
Cena is scheduled to take an extended break from wrestling following WrestleMania, according to Dave Meltzer of F4Wonline, and the reason behind his looming absence has been revealed.
Cena signed on for a co-starring in Daddy’s Home 2, which begins filming in Boston soon. He appeared in the first film, featuring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, but was only a cameo.
This adds to a growing portfolio of Hollywood productions for Cena, who’s continued to grow as an actor after becoming a household name in the WWE.
Cena recently sat down for an expansive interview with Sports Illustrated and was highly complimentary of The Rock, who he credited for being a trail blazer for wrestlers transitioning to acting.
A few weeks later, and news of Cena taking on a big role for a high-profile movie, and it makes sense that he wanted to clarify that he understood why The Rock stepped into the spotlight of films instead of continuing his full-time work as a wrestler.
Cena starred in a slew of WWE film productions, but more recently has appeared in cameos for comedies outside of the company’s control. He was featured in “Trainwreck” and “Sisters,” and now appears to have a much larger role on his plate.
Starring alongside mainstays like Wahlberg, Ferrell, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow is a big step for Cena, and while it’s unclear just how much on-screen time he’ll be getting, it sounds like it’ll be more than a quick cameo if he’s taking an extended break from wrestling.
Cena is also set to star in The Pact, a comedy featuring Leslie Mann. It’s clear he’s very interested in taking his talents to an even bigger screen than WWE’s TitanTron, and his landing of numerous large roles is proof that he has the chops and name draw to make it work.
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