John Cena is back in the WWE fold, not only appearing on television, but working dark matches and live events.
Cena has been announced for a summer tour through SummerSlam and is also set for the September 10 episode of WWE SmackDown at Madison Square Garden.
Speaking to Jeff Conway of Forbes, Cena discussed his return after being away for over a year.
“I didn’t want to really leave in the first place but I was faced with a bold choice and that bold choice is try your hand at another way of entertaining people through movies and television but if you take that risk, then you can’t be on the WWE in a full capacity," he said. "I could speak maybe or I could be an announcer but you can’t participate. You can’t have matches because the insurance companies bound you to the production. That’s very fair terms. This is the first time, like Fast came out, The Suicide Squad is coming out August 6. We just dropped the trailer for Vacation Friends. I’ve been filming movies a lot and that’s why I’ve been away. This is the first time I got a break. I have this block of time, so instead of taking a deep breath and kind of letting it all sink in, I wanted to go home and see my family in WWE, so back to the ring I go!”
When asked if he'll stick around past SummerSlam, Cena replied, “Man, never say never about the WWE. Like I said, I had a month to myself and here I am back in a ring. So maybe if I get another month to catch my breath, I’ll hopefully make another visit back. I’m going to have to defend that championship that I win from Roman somehow (winks)!”
Cena is set to challenge Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship in the main event of SummerSlam.
You can see the current lineup for SummerSlam by clicking here.