According to Ringside News, the report that made its way around the internet this week that claimed John Cena's WWE contract had expired, was completely fabricated. The report stated that not only was Cena's contract up but that he could be on his way to All Elite Wrestling or New Japan Pro Wrestling.
The original report credited Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter as the source, but Ringside News stated that Meltzer never reported that Cena's contract had expired or that he was headed to another promotion. It appears that the rumor started because of a meme created by an anonymous source.
Cena has been absent from television since WrestleMania 36, where he faced Bray Wyatt in a cinematic Firefly Fun House match. However, that doesn't mean that he plans on competing for another promotion. The superstar reportedly has no intention of ever leaving WWE, but he's more focused on his burgeoning Hollywood career at the moment.
Ringside News notes that the multi-time World Champion has several film and television projects lined up. There is no guarantee that he'll ever wrestle a full match again, though the superstar hasn't yet confirmed any plans to retire. He did, however, take to Twitter after WrestleMania 36 to tease his retirement.
"All things end. When it's time to leave, leave them guessing."Cena's acting career appears to be his priority now. He recently joined the Fast & Furious and DC Extended Universe film franchises, which may demand more of his presence moving forward. He is also set to spearhead an adaptation of Robert Ludlum's The Janson Directive, which could spawn another lucrative movie series. He will also appear in Project X-Traction and Vacation Friends in 2021.
If Cena's WWE contract was due to expire, the news would have probably made the rounds already. He is one of the most iconic superstars in the history of sports entertainment, and WWE would likely want to extend his contract, even if he didn't want to wrestle again. When legendary superstars in-ring careers wind down they are often given special contracts that keep them employed by WWE into their retirement years.
Cena's WWE in-ring future is uncertain, but it's likely that he'll want to retire on his own terms rather than letting his contract expire. His tweet seemed to be a way to get people talking, as it hasn't been brought up on WWE television since then. The company also hasn't pushed Bray Wyatt -- who defeated Cena at the event -- since then. If he retired Cena, it would undoubtedly become part of Wyatt's storylines.