John Cena made WWE history and pro-wrestling in general, having personally contributed to the growth of the product in every corner of the planet. The Boston champion has gradually moved away from the ring in recent years, thanks to advancing age and the desire to make it into the cinema.
Following in the footsteps of the legendary The Rock and Batista, the leader of the 'Cenation' has quickly become one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. Cena returned to WWE a few weeks ago to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his debut in the company, receiving a beautiful tribute from friends and colleagues and also from former Chairman Vince McMahon.
John has not played an official match since SummerSlam 2021, when he unleashed a great performance in front of Roman Reigns, losing however the title contest of the then only Universal champion. According to insiders, the former WWE Champion will not return to the ring before WrestleMania 39.
Backstage news on John Cena
As it turns out, plans to see John back in the WWE rings won't materialize until the new year, as SummerSlam's match against Austin Theory is now over. What longtime WWE fans weren't expecting, though, was that John Cena wouldn't play any kind of match in the company's ring for this long 2022, as the leader of the Chain Gang didn't even fight at Wrestlemania 38.
Should Cena not show up for any WWE ring match this year, it would all mark the end of a very peculiar streak, with John breaking a 21-year streak of match with the federation, as reported by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful site: "2022 will be the first year on the calendar since John Cena's debut in which he will not play a match of any kind"
After a stellar career like that of John Cena, this too will set a record for McMahon's multiple world champion. Xero News recently responded to a fan on Twitter and stated that Theory vs. Cena will seemingly happen at WrestleMania next year.
They also added that the promotion currently has no plans for two-time WWE Champ Drew McIntyre at The Show of Shows. "Nothing for drew for mania atm. Theory vs Cena will hapoen however it seems," Xero News wrote. Austin Theory has already planted seeds for a feud between himself and John Cena, but much like The Rock, the company needs to work around Cena's schedule outside of the ring.