WWE signalled the arrival of a new era at No Mercy last month when John Cena, the 16-time world champion, passed the torch to Roman Reigns.
Cena has taken another hiatus from WWE to film his latest Hollywood project, but his post-match interaction with the Los Angeles crowd that night suggested this was a different type of goodbye; a permanent switch to the part-time schedule he has flirted with for 18 months.
The leader of the Cenation confirmed as much on WWE Network show RAW Talk, saying: “Regardless of whether I have outside opportunities or not, I’m 40-years-old. I have 15 years of track experience here in the WWE and not at a normal level. At an elite level.
'I don’t know how much longer I can keep it up. I think I’m not done. But I don’t know if I can keep going the pace that I’ve been going. That’s a major thing for me to try to consider.
"I guess I’ll be like a weird Batman character. When they shine a light, I’ll come running.”
So when WWE does shine its light and Cena comes running back, where will they shine it, and who will they shine it on?
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