John Cena spoke with Sky Sports to talk about his WWE Title defense today at Elimination Chamber. The 16 Time Champion talked about his rivalry with AJ Styles, the importance of WrestleMania, and whether he's ready to hang up the old jorts and ride off into the sunset.
Cena beat AJ Styles at The Royal Rumble to regain the WWE Championship, and even though their rivalry has had its share of low blows, Cena says he has a lot of respect for Styles.
"[AJ] has pushed the envelope, spoken his mind and really challenged me. Testament to AJ, I think he is one of, it not the best, Superstars to step in a WWE ring on a nightly basis."
With WrestleMania on the horizon, Cena talked about how The Showcase Of The Immortals is the ultimate goal for everyone on the roster.
"Every WrestleMania is the most important day of the year for every WWE Superstar. It's like a quarterback making it to the Super Bowl. [WrestleMania] meant a lot to me last year as I was told I wasn't supposed to be there and worked my butt off to make it. I am healthy, I feel great and after taking a back seat last year, I just want to perform for the WWE Universe on our biggest day."
Cena's been doing it for a decade and a half, but he's not done yet, he says.
"I am far from retiring, I feel like I am at my physical best. I don't think it's any secret to anybody that this is what I love to do the most and I am far from over. [I am so proud that] I am still able to do this after 16 championships and I always say that my greatest match is my next one. A lot of folks in the WWE say that maybe I am past my prime and have lost a step and that creates a giant chip on [my] shoulder. I want to showcase to everyone watching that I am still at my best."
Cena defends his WWE Championship in the Elimination Chamber tonight at 8/7c on the WWE Network. Fightful.com will have full coverage including a post-show podcast.