The WWE overcame the mighty WCW in the 90’s Monday Night War, but the company is now facing stiff competition from an upstart wrestling promotion called AEW. The company debuted a few months ago and has huge funding behind it reminiscent of Ted Turner’s old WCW. Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose are the first big name defectors.
Dave Bautista and John Cena are the biggest stars to come out of the WWE in the last 15 years with the exception of Brock Lesnar. John Cena recently hinted at possible retirement when he was cornered by TMZ. It doesn’t seem on the surface that AEW will have a shot at gaining Cena.
The 16-time world champion is now concentrated on his acting career as it was recently confirmed that he will join the cast of Fast & Furious 9.
The former World Heavyweight Champion will link up with the likes of Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster.
It was also rumoured that the ex-WWE Champion will soon be part of the DC Comics’ Suicide Squad sequel.
Cena is also hosting the rebooted Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? TV game show.
The show premiered last Monday on Nickelodeon.
Dave Bautista has made it known that he is “irrevocably retired” from sports entertainment during a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, so AEW doesn’t have a chance in acquiring the talent of Bautista either.
“This is a real wrestling retirement,” Bautista told Van Vliet.”I am done. My in-ring career is over. I would love to go back on the show because I love the company, I believe in the product, so I will go back on the show, and if they ask me to go in the Hall of Fame, I will. … But I will not have another wrestling match. I will go broke before I have another wrestling match, and I will not go and wrestle for another promotion. It’s not going to happen.”
Dave Bautista’s retirement match came at WrestleMania earlier this year in a match against HHH. The two were rivals during the rise of Dave Bautista in 2005 when he was crowned World Heavyweight Champion.