Whenever Vince McMahon goes on record - such as in his incredible sitdown with Steve Austin last year - there are a ton of things for wrestling fans to discuss. The Chairman is such a fascinating character to amateur psychoanalyze, and he has so much control over the industry and artform we love, even an anecdote could end up shaping the game.
Brian Fritz's interview with for the Orlando Sentinel is the latest example. In chatting after yesterday (Mar. 8)'s announcement of WrestleMania 33, Vince spoke to Fritz about - among other things - his top star for the last fifteen years, John Cena.
After again confirming that the 15-time world champion will not participate as a wrestler at this year's Mania in Texas, McMahon discussed Cena's love of what he calls sports entertainment. And as he makes an analogy between John and a larger-than-life all-time great in another pastime, it doesn't sound like Vince is making plans for a future without the Face Who Runs the Place:
John is Babe Ruth, he's everything to us. And a real warrior. I don't know how long he's going to pursue this ... I don't know if it's going to be 70 like me, but he'll try. It's just in him and he loves it so much, even when he was a little kid. I don't know if you've seen some of the videos where he'd have a mini-championship belt made out of cardboard and all that kind of stuff. And on top of it, he's a hell of a guy.
Now, obviously, this isn't a commitment from VKM about how he plans to book the next twenty years, but it is pretty interesting.
With his move toward more acting and hosting gigs over the past year or so, many have wondered if Cena is preparing for life after WWE, and vice versa. But he's also a famously loyal company guy, and now we know his boss thinks he's going to try to follow in his footsteps and be a lifer.
Though he almost certainly won't be an every week main eventer, could we see him working WrestleManias into his 50s like Undertaker?
The champ might be here for a lot longer than we thought.