John Cena announces retirement from WWE in 2025

John Cena, the iconic wrestler-turned-actor, delivered an emotional speech to his fans on Saturday night, announcing his retirement from professional wrestling. Speaking in Toronto, Cena revealed that the upcoming WWE WrestleMania in 2025 would mark his final appearance in the ring. The announcement was met with disappointment from the crowd, who expressed their sentiments with boos as Cena shared his plans for a farewell tour next year.

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Farewell Tour and Final Matches

Cena outlined his retirement timeline, specifying key events where fans could see him perform for the last time. "The 2025 Royal Rumble will be my last," he stated. "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 I compete in." Despite the somber news, the audience chanted "Thank you, Cena," which he described as an "incredible gesture of kindness."

John Cena Announces Retirement From WWE In 2025

Gratitude to Fans

Expressing his deep appreciation for his fans, Cena said, "Thank you so much for letting me play in the house that you built for so many years. Thank you so much always for your voice because it’s really loud, and your honesty because it’s beautifully brutal." This marked a touching moment in his speech, highlighting the bond he shares with the wrestling community.

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Career Highlights and Transition to Hollywood

John Cena's illustrious wrestling career includes 16 WWE championship titles over nearly 20 years. Concurrently, he has made significant strides in Hollywood, starring in major films such as "Barbie," "Argylle," and multiple entries in the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Despite his success in acting, Cena has maintained a strong connection to his wrestling persona and career.

Reason for Retirement

Addressing the timing of his retirement, Cena linked it to the WWE "Money in the Bank" event, which symbolizes opportunity. "Why now? Because it’s 'Money in the Bank,' the ultimate symbol of opportunity," he explained. "And this farewell does not end tonight — it is filled with opportunities."

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Future Involvement with WWE

Cena also hinted at WWE's upcoming milestones, including "Monday Night Raw" moving to Netflix, and emphasized that he would celebrate his many "lasts" alongside these new "firsts." He challenged other WWE superstars, saying, "If you want some, hurry up and come get some. Because the last time is now."

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Continued Presence in WWE

In a post-show press conference, Cena assured fans that he would remain involved with WWE in various capacities even after retiring from in-ring competition. He expressed his desire to have a farewell tour spanning dozens of dates throughout 2025, culminating in his final match at the end of the year. "I’ve always said to the audience that WWE is my home and I love it," Cena remarked. "Just because I physically feel I’m at my end, doesn’t mean I need to distance myself from something I love."

Cena's heartfelt announcement and his plans for a farewell tour offer fans a chance to celebrate his legendary career while looking forward to his continued involvement in the WWE family.

With inputs from agencies

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