John Cena to Retire from WWE in 2025

Wrestling icon and actor John Cena has revealed he will retire from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2025 after a farewell tour.

Cena broke the news to an enthusiastic crowd at the Money in the Bank event in Toronto, Canada, mentioning that his final match will take place next year. He reflected on his WWE journey, which has seen both “incredible waves of prosperity” and “tremendous hardship” since he joined over two decades ago.

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At 47, Cena is celebrated as one of WWE’s greatest wrestlers, having become a world champion 16 times since his debut in 2001. He hinted that his last appearance might be at Wrestlemania in 2025.

The Toronto audience, chanting “Thank you Cena,” showed their appreciation as he stood on stage wearing a T-shirt with the slogans “The last time is now” and “John Cena farewell tour.” Cena expressed his gratitude, calling it an “incredible gesture of kindness” and thanked the fans for their unwavering support.

Cena transitioned to acting in 2006 with his debut in The Marine. His filmography includes notable movies such as Trainwreck (2015), The Suicide Squad (2021), and Fast and Furious 9 (2021), along with the DC superhero TV series Peacemaker. This year, he starred in the comedy Ricky Stanicky alongside Zac Efron and Australian journalist and author Stan Grant.

Since 2018, Cena has performed part-time with WWE as he expanded his acting career. Besides wrestling and acting, he holds a Guinness World Record for granting the most wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, reaching his 650th wish on July 19, 2022. Cena, the most requested celebrity for the foundation, typically dons his championship belts during these events, a tradition that began with his first wish in 2002.


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