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John Cena Announces He Is Retiring From Pro Wrestling In 2025

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Professional wrestler John Cena announced he will retire from professional wrestling after his final match at next year’s WWE WrestleMania 41 in Las Vegas. 

The 47-year-old athlete, who has also worked as an actor, made the announcement during a speech in Toronto in front of a crowd at Scotiabank Arena.

“Thank you so much for letting me play in the house that you built for so many years,” Cena said. 

The 16-time WWE champ also mentioned there will be a farewell tour with dozens of dates before he steps out of the ring for good.

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“I hear a mixed opinion out there. A lot of questions maybe, right? Like, why here? I want to talk about that for a second. I want to talk about Toronto. Matter of fact, I want to talk about Canada. Matter of fact, I want to talk about Canadians,” Cena continued in his speech, per US Weekly.

He added, “I’ve been doing this a while. I’ve been in WWE for over two decades and in that time I’ve seen incredible waves of prosperity like we got right now. WWE is the hottest ticket in town, no doubt.”

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“And I’ve also seen tremendous hardship and that’s when nobody knows your name, nobody wants to be your friend and only the most dedicated, hardcore fans stand by your side,” he went on.

“So in all those years one of the most important, one of the most impressive things that I learned was whether the WWE was hot or cold, Canadians always show up,” Cena said.

Cena became a mainstream celebrity with his character “Doctor of Thuganomics,” who was known for wearing gold chains and getting involved in rap battles, The Hollywood Reporter noted. 

He also appeared in the “Fast & Furious” franchise,  the comedy thriller “Argylle” and last year’s summer blockbuster, “Barbie.” Cena had a guest role in season three of “The Bear” and will host Discovery’s Shark Week 2024 programming.

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