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John Cena Announces His Official WWE Retirement, Plans For Final Matches

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WWE superstar turned actor John Cena announced his upcoming retirement from in-ring competition during the Money in the Bank premium live event in Toronto Saturday (July 6) night.

"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 said during an in-ring promo at Scotiabank Arena. "I want to say thank you."

Cena, 47, a 16-time world champion and widely regarded as one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history, served as WWE's franchise player for more than a decade before working a part-time schedule in recent years amid his emergence as a top comedic actor. The Peacemaker star confirmed that he planned to work "a long list of dates" between January and December 2025, including the company's signature premium live events.