John Cena identifies one last career opponent – a bear

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

John Cena headshot (photo credit WWE/ESPN ESPYs)


Before retiring (or perhaps after retiring), John Cena wants to wrestle a bear. He would especially like to wrestle a bear when he hosts the ESPYs next Wednesday, July 13.

Cena talked to GQ Magazine about hosting the ESPYs and he mentioned bear-wrestling four times.

“No matter what, I will wrestle that bear. It’s just really forward in my mind right now. I think it’s the right thing to do. If it doesn’t happen at the ESPYs, it’s going to happen somewhere,” Cena closed the interview.

Cena self-deprecated throughout the interview that he’s not sure why ESPN picked him to host the ESPYs. But, he really wants to wrestle the bear.

“It’s most likely not going to happen due to legal restraints. Card subject to change. But I will replace it with a spectacular stunt that you can only see live. That will be the reason for you and the rest of the world to tune in to the ESPYs. I will either wrestle a bear, or host that show. One of the two things is guaranteed to happen,” Cena told interviewer Mick Rouse.

“I don’t know why ESPN asked me to host the ESPYs. I think that they realize we, over at WWE, can engage a live audience. We certainly have an enormous following. Maybe it did take those small steps outside of our normal arena to make them say, ‘We’ll give him a shot.’ Or, one could speculate, that maybe they just don’t care about the show anymore, they want to go down in a blaze of glory, and they found the right guy. Either way, it’s an awesome opportunity.”

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