The WWE Universe has already witnessed John Cena step out of the squared circle to do everything from have a role in the Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell film Daddy’s Home to co-hosting NBC’s Today and most recently hosting the new Fox series American Grit.
Cena hasn’t had in-ring action since his shoulder surgery in January sans his run-in to save The Rock from a Wyatt Family’s drubbing at WrestleMania 32 on April 3.
Although Cena has been a pillar and face of WWE for over a decade, you can’t help but think he’s witnessing a different path for himself with these experiences outside the company. We can’t help but ponder, will Cena ever go the Hollywood route of The Rock on a full-time basis?
Not only has Cena done some of the aforementioned things, but he has done them well.
“Yeah. You’re always trying to reach as many eyes as you can, especially when you have a product that you feel is entertaining,” Cena recently told Zap2It.com. “When folks see [American Grit], though, they will focus on the cadre [the military-veteran mentors] and the competitors.”
The juggling act between his wrestling career and budding outside experiences have been on his mind, as he also shared with Entertainment Weekly.
“From the time you wake up from the time you go to bed, it’s a struggle. [It’s] more embracing new opportunities —producing this show, taking a hosting route rather than an in-the-action player, which is kind of what I’ve been for the WWE over the past 15 years,” Cena said. “Even slightly before that, the roles in comedies aren’t really typical of my profession. It’s just being able to take that leap of faith into doing interesting things and new projects that normally wouldn’t be on the menu for someone like me.”
He added: “Being able to swing in and host the Today show when they call me, it certainly is a new experience that I have a lot of fun with, and it’s different than being in the middle of the ring in Monday Night Raw. I’m becoming less reserved about going for it if the opportunity presents itself.”
Hmm … Cena does turn 39 next weekend. He has to think about his next moves.
The question is, how much will WWE be part of those plans?
Take a look at this clip about the military-training-inspired American Grit series.