John Cena made his WWE debut a year after the famed Monday Night Wars, and his career is winding down ahead of the company's stiffest opponent since.
Cena, however, has seen the likes of TNA, ROH, NJPW, and others provide competition, and believes that AEW doing the same -- if not on a greater scale -- is good for wrestling. When speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Cena admitted that he doesn't just see wrestling as competition for WWE, but all video content.
"I think competition is great because it forces you to step up or step aside and I think that is fantastic. We have internal competition of performers trying to be the best in our umbrella and that is wonderful because you sink or swim on your own investment. I think external competition is great because once again that will force us to step up or step aside and you can say what you want about them being competition or not competition, I view any form of digestible entertainment as competition because your eyes can go elsewhere. So that's how I view that. Competition also stands for the state of the wrestling economy and it's really good right now. There are a lot of people overseas and smaller promotions are getting larger and more traction which means you are consuming more sport entertainment and/or wrestling which is great for everything." Cena said.
Cena has never wrestled anywhere but WWE since joining the company, outside of a few appearances for then-developmental territory OVW along the way. WWE and AEW have taken jabs at one another a few times since All Elite Wrestling was announced on January 1.
You can see the full interview with Cena and Van Vliet above.