John Cena Announces Retirement from WWE: A New Chapter Begins

In a heartfelt and unexpected announcement, John Cena, the iconic wrestler-turned-actor, revealed that he will be retiring from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) after the 2025 season. The announcement came during his appearance at Money in the Bank 2024 in Toronto, Canada, on July 6, where he wore a red T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “The Last Time is Now.”

“Tonight, I officially announce my retirement from the WWE,” Cena declared to a stunned audience. “Along with history-making firsts, we are going to build so many unforgettable lasts. The 2025 Royal Rumble will be my last. The 2025 Elimination Chamber will be my last. And I’m here tonight to announce that in Las Vegas WrestleMania 2025 will be the last WrestleMania I compete in.”

Cena, 47, took a moment to express his gratitude to the Canadian WWE fans, acknowledging their unwavering support throughout the organization’s various phases. He also highlighted the significance of his retirement coinciding with the historic move of WWE’s Monday Night RAW program to Netflix, marking a new era for the brand.

This announcement marks the end of an era for WWE and its fans. Cena’s career has been filled with memorable moments, from his debut in 2002 to becoming a 16-time world champion, tying the record set by the legendary Ric Flair. His charisma, dedication, and larger-than-life persona have made him a beloved figure both in and out of the ring.

Cena’s departure from WWE will undoubtedly leave a void, but it also opens the door to new opportunities. Known for his philanthropic efforts, especially with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, where he holds the record for the most wishes granted, Cena’s post-wrestling career is likely to continue making a significant impact.

As Cena steps away from the squared circle, fans will have the chance to witness his final matches at some of WWE’s most iconic events. The 2025 Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, and WrestleMania will be momentous occasions, not only for Cena but for the entire WWE Universe.

While Cena’s future endeavors remain to be seen, his legacy in WWE is firmly cemented. From his signature “You Can’t See Me” catchphrase to his never-give-up attitude, John Cena’s contributions to professional wrestling are indelible.

As the WWE prepares for this transition, fans worldwide will undoubtedly cherish the remaining moments of Cena’s illustrious career. With his retirement on the horizon, Cena’s final matches are set to be historic, ensuring that his departure will be as memorable as his storied career.

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