John Cena may have been the face of the WWE for years, but already some official articles are predicting he’ll retire within the next several years to become a general manager for Monday Night RAW.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, perhaps the biggest prediction of all is that Triple H will make the NXT superstars as big as Monday Night RAW and SmackDown. There’s even talk of a WWE Network Championship being created exclusively for WWE Network subscribers. It’s also being predicted that the Samoan Superman Roman Reigns will take over The Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania each year, and by WrestleMania 35, it’s being said he’ll be 7-0 already. Speaking of the Phenom himself, Mark Calaway made the stunning admission that The Undertaker may not attend WrestleMania 30 at all.
Do you find the idea of John Cena retiring hard to imagine? Well, the writers at WWE.com certainly do paint an interesting picture. They’re looking ahead five years in the future to the year 2019, and are attempting to ascertain what changes in the wrestling landscape will take place. They predict that since Cena will be 42 five years from now, his age will have him slowing down, and he will be looking to find other ways to stay involved with the WWE.
“It may be difficult to fathom, but five years from now John Cena’s in-ring career will be winding down. By 2019, Cena will have surpassed Ric Flair to become the first 19-time World Champion in sports-entertainment history, and he’ll be ripe for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. That’s not to say that the Cenation leader no longer grapples, but his competitive in-ring appearances will be reserved for his most bitter rivalries, and will only take place on The Grandest Stage of Them All — WrestleMania.”
The idea makes plenty of sense, especially since John Cena has always been good at working a mic. Never mind beating Ric Flair’s WWE title record — it’s probably a good chance that Cena would do a better job than Flair working the side of the ring.
There’s also a good chance that John Cena would continue to work WrestleMania as long as possible. The Undertaker was age 49 at WrestleMania 30, which may be assumed as a reasonable stopping for many wrestlers. Assuming Cena doesn’t get injured in some horrible manner by Brock Lesnar in the intervening years, or Bray Wyatt doesn’t devour the world, this means we can easily expect Cena to continue to wrestle at major WWE PPV events for at least until the 2025 to 2030 time frame.