John Cena Opens Up On Stepping Away From WWE; Addresses Critics Head-On

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Now that it’s public knowledge that John Cenastepped away from WWE to film the new reality competition called “American Grit,” he’s speaking out about it. In a new interview with multiple outlets, transcribed by Zap2It, Cena explained why now:

“I’ve been a cornerstone of WWE programming since 2002. That’s a long time, it’s more than 10 years,” he says during a group interview with a handful of outlets. “So much so that a portion of our audience has direct complacency with me. ‘Man, Cena holds everybody down. He doesn’t give the new guys a chance.’”

“From a company perspective, as you know I hold it very near and dear to my heart, the dance floor is open, boys,” he explains. “I’m gone, let’s see who steps up. And I like that. As much as I want to try to distance myself or as much as someone who views me would try to distance myself from WWE, I’m never going to go.”

“I watch ‘Raw.’ It kills me to be healthy and watch ‘Raw,'” Cena admits. “But at the same time, if we don’t have a future I don’t have any accomplishments. It’s cool to see the guys stepping up, it really is.”

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