WWE Megastar John Cena Announces Retirement Tour, 2025 Will Be Last Year As A Wrestler

This story originally stated that John Cena's retirement match would take place at WWE WrestleMania 41. It has been updated to reflect Cena's clarifications on the timeline of his retirement tour at the Money in the Bank post-show press conference.


16-time WWE Champion John Cena made a surprise appearance at Money in the Bank, confirming rumors from earlier in the day, announcing that his time for retirement was now, sending the Toronto crowd into a frenzy wrought with "no" chants. Carrying a towel that slightly altered his trademark "My Time Is Now" catchphrase to say "The Last Time Is Now," Cena's shirt, which read, "John Cena Farewell Tour," hinted at what he would soon make clear — that this wasn't an imminent goodbye but seemingly a slow progression that would include plenty of lasts.

After praising Canadian WWE fans for being some of the most dedicated in the world, "The Greatest of All Time" made it clear that he wanted to be there when WWE makes history, debuting "Raw" on Netflix, but also that the 2025 Royal Rumble would be his last. He then stated the same for Elimination Chamber, as well as WrestleMania 41 in Las Vegas. While it initially seemed as though Cena would hang up his wrestling sneakers for good after WrestleMania, he clarified at the post-show press conference that his retirement tour will take place from January to December 2025, with approximately 30-40 matches planned. He also said that even after he retires from in-ring competition, he will still be part of WWE "in some capacity for an extended time to come."


Personifying what remains of his competitive spirit, Cena said, "If you're a WWE superstar, if you want some, hurry up and come get some," leaving the fans in Toronto and at home all over the world to wonder about a series of potential dream matches they can hope to see become a reality as Cena's swan song gets underway.