John Cena announced his retirement from WWE after more than 20 years in wrestling

John Cena announced his retirement from WWE after more than 20 years in wrestling
John Cena announced his retirement from WWE after more than 20 years in wrestling

The famous wrestler, champion of 16 world titles, will have his last Wrestlemania next year while Raw joins the Netflix catalogue.

The renowned fighter John Cenaone of the most emblematic figures of the WWEannounced his final retirement from the ring during an unusual appearance at the event Money in the Bankheld in Toronto, Canada. With this surprise, the actor also puts an end to a career of more than 23 years in the world of professional wrestling.

The 16-time world champion made his announcement to a stunned crowd, wearing a T-shirt that contrasted with his usual “never give up” slogan; this time, the phrase emblazoned on it read, “The last time is now.” Amid shocked gasps from the crowd, Cena declared, “Why am I here?” Tonight, I officially announce my retirement from WWE”.

John Cena announced his final retirement from WWE at the Money in the Bank event in Toronto after more than 23 years in wrestling. (Credits: Twitter/@InvictosSomos)

But Cena’s farewell will not be just another match. The author of the phrase “You can’t see me” revealed that his participation will continue on the show. Monday Night Rawwhich will make its debut on the streaming platform Netflix in January 2025. “This farewell doesn’t end tonight”Cena explained. “Everyone, Raw makes history next year when it moves to Netflix. I’ve never been a part of Raw on Netflix, that’s history, that’s a first, and I’ll be there,” he said.

In this way, John’s retirement will be a tour marked by several main WWE events where he will be for the last time. “And together with that first historic moment, we will build so many unforgettable lasts,” he continued saying. “The Royal Rumble 2025 It will be my last. The Elimination Chamber 2025 will be my last. And I’m here tonight to announce that, in Las Vegas, WrestleMania 2025 it will be the last WrestleMania in which I will compete”the fighter confirmed.

Cena confirmed that he will continue to participate in Monday Night Raw, which will debut on Netflix in January 2025. (Credits: Twitter@WWE__History)

Although the initial reaction from the crowd was mixed, the audience soon began chanting “thank you Cena,” to which the wrestler responded gratefully: “Thank you so much for allowing me to play in the house you guys built over so many years. Thank you so much always for your voice, because it’s really strong, and your honesty, because it’s beautifully brutal.”

“And above all, thank you very much for allowing me to be here with you tonight to inform the entire world that We are planning something unforgettablewhich also means I’m coming back to Toronto to kick some ass,” added the entertainer, who at 47 years old has had several successes in wrestling and another couple in the acting world.

Cena has reduced his involvement in wrestling since 2018 to focus on his acting career. (Credit: Warner Bros. Discovery)

John Cena signed with WWE in 2001, quickly becoming one of the organization’s most prominent stars. As of 2018, Cena has scaled back his involvement in wrestling to focus on his acting career, starring in films such as The Marine (2006), Daddy’s War (2015), Don’t touch them (2018), The Suicide Squad (2021) and the HBO and Max spin-off series, Peacemaker.

During his WWE career, Cena not only managed to obtain 16 world titlesequaling the record of Ric Flairbut he also became a cultural icon, known for his charisma both inside and outside the ring. Through his performances, he has left an indelible mark on the sports entertainment industry and has become an inspiration for some of the brand’s new generation of wrestlers.

Cena, 47, said he will continue his weight training regimen and mobility and flexibility exercises. (Credit: WWE)

Cena, known for his physical strength, also confessed that he plans to remain physically active throughout his life, even after his retirement. “My goal is to be physically active until I can’t anymore, I would like to be active in my 80s or 90s,” said Cena, 47 years old. “Fitness has been a part of my life long before WWE… fitness will never stop being a part of my life”added John, whose current routine includes 4 days of weight training and 3 days of mobility and flexibility workouts.

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