John Cena is set to appear at WWE WrestleMania 39 to become the ‘next Rock’, it has now been claimed.
2022 will be the first year Cena doesn’t wrestle for WWE, but that could change in 2023.
Cena’s questionable return to WWE was not just due to his loyalty to the wrestling giant, but also down to his career aspirations outside of wrestling.
When will John Cena return to WWE?
As noted, Cena has wrestled at least one match every year since debuting for WWE in 2002, but unless he wrestles in the next two months, that streak will end.
Cena did not work a match for WWE in 2022, only appearing on the June 27 episode of Raw to celebrate his 20-year debut.
however, Wrestle VotesSpeaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, Cena explained that he is expected to wrestle next year at WrestleMania 39 in April 2023.
Cena should be there and Cena should be wrestling
Some speculated that Cena would be less likely to wrestle for WWE after the departure of Vince McMahon, but WrestleMania has now made it clear that the former CEO’s retirement won’t change things.
I know he touches base often, and even though Vince is out of the picture, Cena still loves this place. John Cena and Triple H have mutual respect.
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Why is John Cena returning to WWE?
As noted, Cena is expected to return to WWE next year, but reports say he won’t because of his love for the industry.
Wrestlevotes explained that Cena wants to become the ‘next Rock’, believing that a match at WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles will help him do that.
WrestleMania is still WrestleMania and it’s in Los Angeles. If Cena is legitimately trying to be the ‘next rock’ you have to perform at WrestleMania in Hollywood, and I think he’s going to be there and that’s wrestling. I’ll leave it at that.
Cena’s solo appearance at WrestleMania isn’t notable, but he works the same show as The Rock, who is rumored to be returning, which helps.
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