John Cena openly addresses when he will retire from in-ring competition in WWE

John Cena

For many WWE fans today, they might have grown up with Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior or Macho Man Randy Savage. Then you've got Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels while the generation after that would have lived through the Attitude Era and two of the greatest superstars that ever lived - Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

After those historic stars, John Cena has held the company down for the past 10-15 years.

Since his debut in 2002, there has always been something special about Cena and his original popularity as the Dr. of Thuganomics was totally organic.

He reached the mountaintop for the first time in 2005 - something he has done a total of 16 times now - and while large portions of WWE fans have grown tired of his character over the years, there is no doubting that the man is a legend.

Now, aged 41-years-old, Cena is making a serious move into Hollywood very much in the same way The Rock did back in the early 2000s.

Cena's last match in WWE came at Super ShowDown in Melbourne, Australia back in October where he teamed with Bobby Lashley against Elias and Kevin Owens.

He has appeared sporadically this year but there is no doubt movies are his primary focus at the moment. So, when will Cena call it time on his WWE career?

During an interview with ESPN, Cena didn't put a definite date on his potential retirement, but he did imply films are his priority and he knows when it's time to call it a day.

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"That’s like asking an athlete ‘Hey do you ever contemplate retirement?’ and you can ask a rookie that and you have to. Because anything that relies on your body for an end result, time is going to catch up with you. So, there’s going to be a time when I can’t keep up with the pace. I made a promise to myself many years ago, before I had found my passion of being on-screen that if I can’t keep up with the pace I have to walk away.

"I don’t want to take a ticket buyer’s money and have them sit down and go “Oh, he’s just hanging on.” I never want that feeling. I don’t think that correlates with what I’m doing now. The biggest difficulty is trying to juggle stuff. "

Cena is essentially saying that he won't retire on the basis that he has a busy filming schedule, but it will be when his performance is no longer at the benchmark it was.

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