John Cena has not been seen inside a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) ring since his cameo at WrestleMania 35 when he brought back the Dr. Thugonomics character to interrupt Elias. The 16-time WWE champion now concentrates more on his film, book writing and charity commitments than the squared circle.

The 42-year-old pro-wrestler was the face of WWE for almost a decade but is certain that in this day and age a similar situation will not arise. He believes the promotion’s global reach which now caters to audiences of different races and ethnicity worldwide will need multiple faces to lead the company forward.

Cena will be considered among the greatest in the history of WWE with him currently tied with the legendary Ric Flair on 16 WWE championships. He is likely to make cameo appearances in the future or even a more permanent return, but he feels the days of one person leading the company ended with him.

“For the longest time, if you considered WWE a band, there’s been one front person of the band,” Cena said talking to fans at BookCon 2019, as quoted on Pro Wrestling Sheet. “I think that dynamic is changing. It is because the audience is too diverse. I think older males are watching it, younger kids are watching it, females are watching it. The audience is so diverse, so with a diverse audience it’s tough to universally please someone.”

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John Cena enters the ring at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn in New York City, Aug. 23, 2015. JP Yim/Getty Images

“I don’t think there’s a universal figure that will lead the company forward,” he added. “I think as the company grows, and especially expands globally, you’re gonna have like a ‘Super Friends’ of the WWE. Which is like people who are essentially fighting for equal share of popularity. I think the band, essentially, will have ten lead singers of every different race, creed, color, sex, and ethnicity. I believe I was kind of the last of that,” he added.

Cena made his WWE debut in 2002 when he interrupted Hall of Famer Kurt Angle and went on to have a memorable match with the Olympic gold medal winner. He won his first WWE title at WrestleMania 21 against JBL after which he underwent a character change and the rest, as they say, is history.

He continues to remain one of the most popular figures in pro-wrestling, and over the years he became polarizing as every arena had two sections – one that would chant “Let’s go Cena” while the other would chant “Cena s----“ simultaneously.