Unless he competes at any point over the next few weeks, 2022 will mark the first year since his 2002 WWE main roster debut that John Cena has not competed for the sports entertainment giant. The multi-time World Champion has slowly become a part-time attraction over the past few years, restricting his matches to premium live events only and the occasional appearance on weekly programming.
In 2023, though, it appears John Cena may be set to return. This comes via WrestleVotes, who told GiveMeSport’s Louis Dangoor that the belief is that Cena will be competing, to some degree, at WrestleMania 39. Any hints of an opponent weren’t given.
John Cena Must Be At WrestleMania To Be The “Next Rock”
WrestleVotes stated that with the forthcoming WrestleMania emanating from Los Angeles, John Cena must compete at the event if he has any hopes of following in Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s footsteps:
“WrestleMania is still WrestleMania and it’s in Los Angeles. If Cena is legitimately trying to be ‘the next Rock’ you should perform at WrestleMania in Hollywood, and I think he’ll be there and I think it’ll be wrestling. I’ll leave it at that.”
Elaborating, WrestleVotes explained that despite Vince McMahon having stepped away from his WWE duties, John Cena still maintains a close bond with the new company regime:
“I know he touches base every so often, and although Vince is out of the picture, Cena still has a love for this place. John Cena and Triple H have a respect for each other.”
John Cena’s last televised outing was at the 2021 SummerSlam premium live event, failing to capture the WWE Universal Championship from Roman Reigns. He’s wrestled just once since, doing so in a dark match following the September 10, 2021 Friday Night SmackDown broadcast as he and The Mysterios felled Reigns and The Usos of The Bloodline.