John Cena recently appeared on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness to talk with WWE Hall of Famer Edge and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Christian. During the interview, he was asked about why his match with Roman Reigns is happening at this Sunday’s No Mercy PPV instead of WrestleMania. Here is what he had to say (h/t Wrestling Inc):
“I can only speculate on why it is and this, not to take anything away from WrestleMania because what an impressive franchise WrestleMania has become,” Cena said. “I mean, you can look at the stats with Forbes calling it one of the five most profitable franchises, the amount of traction it does for the [WWE] Network and the company, but I think in trying to define what a great consumer experience the Network is, we are not at the challenge of consistently trying to give the consumer unbelievable matches all the time.
“And I know personally the outside commitments from me doesn’t help anything. I mean, first of all, I’m 40 [years old], which not only 40, but also doing this televised and on a consistent level for 15 years. And I’ve made a promise to myself, once I lose a step, I can’t justify performing for the audience because I don’t want to be that person. So I’m not saying I’m there yet, but I am saying I’ve had some talks with myself about that. There’s a lot of stuff going on outside WWE personally for me, which I don’t know what else I could possibly do, so do you hold out for an event in April and sacrifice these other things that could not only be good for personal development, but overall WWE development, I’d say you take the opportunities and figure all the rest of the stuff out.”