John Cena says he'll never walk away from WWE

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John Cena may not have appeared on SmackDown's debut on Fox this week, but he wants to make sure everyone knows he hasn't walked away from the WWE.

Since becoming a bigger name in Hollywood, John Cena has put his WWE career in the backseat, becoming a part-timer and making appearances every now and then.

With the 16-time world champion now making fewer and fewer appearances for WWE each year after being the face of the company for so many years, many fans are now beginning to wonder if he has walked away from WWE.

During an interview with Sunday Today host Willie Giest, Cena clarified that he hasn't walked away from WWE and that he never will do.

He said, via Fightful: “No, no. I will never walk away from WWE. That’s the great thing about WWE; you can perform in any capacity.

"And as long as I’ve made a promise in the in-ring aspect of things, as long as I can keep up with the current product, I will perform."

Cena added as well that one of the reasons why he doesn't perform for WWE that often anymore is because his body can't handle the company's grueling schedule.

The 16-time world champion said: "Now, the opportunities that I’ve been awarded keep me from being in the ring, and I actually think that’s good because it makes any time that I’m invited back to WWE super, super special. And that’s the way it should be.

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"If I didn’t have these opportunities, I still would be taking, actively taking more time off. Because my body just can’t handle the schedule anymore. It’s a lot of performances a year. And I love it so much; I don’t ever want to take time off. I wanna perform.

"You can essentially take as much time off as you want. But when I turned 40, I honestly looked in the mirror and said, ‘Hey man, I know you really like this. But instead of 250 performances a year, from here on out, just do it 100 times a year and do it well.’

"And then it became, ‘Just do it 50 times (a year) and do it well.’ And now it’s like, ‘Hey, you really have to prepare to get ready to perform, and then really recover after a performance. What’s that country song? ‘I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was.'”

Currently, Cena isn't scheduled for a WWE appearance in the near future. He hasn't been seen in WWE since the Raw Reunion in July and he hasn't wrestled for the company since January.

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