Last week, John Cena confirmed he would be retiring from in-ring competition in 2025 and this immediately made fans wonder which opponents he should face. After all, he was the face of WWE for a decade but it appears a former WWE writer has claimed Cena didn’t want him in the company.

In case you did not know, Freddie Prinze Jr. worked with WWE’s creative team from 2008 to 2009 and again from late 2010 to 2012 and has since been involved in the pro wrestling business outside WWE.

While speaking during a recent episode of his Wrestling with Freddie podcast, the Hollywood actor shared a story about his initial encounter with John Cena, who was then the top star of WWE. Prinze Jr. recounted that when he first met Cena and extended his hand for a handshake, Cena ignored the gesture and Prinze Jr. claimed that Cena didn’t want him in WWE when he first joined the company.

“When I got there he [John Cena] did not want me there at all. And I remember the first time I met him, I was super polite, put my hand out to shake his hand, he walked right past and didn’t even like, acknowledge me. And I think somebody said something because a few minutes later he came up and he goes, ‘Hey I’m John,’ and he put his hand out and I shook his hand and I go, ‘Hey, I’m Freddie. Nice to meet you,’ and he goes, ‘Oh, I guess they’ll just let anybody work here,’ or word to that effect. I’m not quoting the man.”


In the meantime, the specifics of Cena’s retirement tour are yet to be announced, but Cena explained why he will retire from in-ring competition in 2025. Regardless, we’ll have to see how things turn out for Cena has he will end his career next year.

What do you think about what Freddie Prinze Jr. had to say about John Cena? Do you believe things have changed a lot since then? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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