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John Cena teamed up with Nikki Bella to defeat The Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 33, and after the match Cena got down on one knee and proposed to Nikki. Luckily for Cena, she said yes, but neither star has been seen on WWE programming since.

Nikki is taking time off to heal her neck, and John Cena is busy working on his acting career. Cena’s star is rising in Hollywood, and his acting career has kept him away from WWE quite a bit over the past few years. John recently told the Metro that he would do acting and wrestling at the same time, but for insurance reasons he can’t.

“I would do both at the same time, but the movie guys are a little weird with their insurance. They don’t want me to go smashing my face up. [Laughs] I’m excited for all the opportunities outside the WWE ring, only because it raises awareness of the WWE. I take great pride in my profession, but I’m very aware of the perception of it. I think a lot of people think we are just what we are, and that’s it. There’s nothing wrong with that. But there are plenty of talented people who travel with the WWE and produce wonderful entertainment every week. We do live sports entertainment, and it’s like no other. To be able to do stuff like this outside of the norm and for people to say, “Wow, that’s pretty good,” that bodes well for getting more eyes on the ring.”

Although John Cena is transitioning into the acting world, he always waves the WWE flag proudly. The 16 time WWE World Champion also noted that he feels professional wrestling is becoming more respected in the mainstream.

“More and more. And a lot of our methods of entertainment are being adopted by both mainstream sports and mainstream entertainment. If you look at how ESPN has shifted its content, the way shows feature a lot of argumentative debate rather than informative sports reporting, then sports borrows a lot from the WWE. I’m very happy to see it, and I think that’s what leading to more understanding of what we do and respecting it.”

It’s rumored that WWE official may be calling John Cena back sooner than expected. If he returns in the next few weeks who do you want to see him feud with? Sound off in the comments below.