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John Cena’s WWE Retirement: Mark Henry’s Take on the Rocking Chair Tour

One big thing: John Cena announces 2025 retirement

John Cena, WWE’s 16-time world champion, has set 2025 as his final year in professional wrestling. The announcement came during Saturday’s WWE Money in the Bank event, signaling the end of an era for one of the industry’s most iconic figures.

Mark Henry’s perspective

WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry shared his thoughts on Cena’s upcoming retirement on “Busted Open Radio”:

• Henry expressed joy that Cena will get a “rocking chair tour,” referencing the NBA tradition of honoring retiring players.
• He emphasized Cena’s status as “one of the greats” who deserves respect, love, and admiration.
• Henry hopes Cena fully embraces the experience, reflecting on his own retirement angle in 2013.

Key quote:

“John is one of the greats. He deserves that respect and that love and that admiration. I hope … he takes it all in, because I made an angle about my retirement and I don’t have any [trepidation] or regrets about it but I would’ve loved to get the rocking chair treatment … John needs that, and I think he deserves it.”

Why it matters

Cena’s retirement marks the end of a 26-year career that has significantly impacted WWE and professional wrestling as a whole. His decision to announce this two years in advance allows for:

• A proper farewell tour for fans
• Potential dream matches and storylines
• Passing the torch to the next generation of WWE superstars

The bigger picture

• Cena debuted in 1999 and has wrestled at least one match for WWE every year since 2000.
• He reportedly pitched the idea of a retirement tour to WWE, who agreed the timing was right.
• This announcement sets the stage for what could be one of the most anticipated retirement runs in wrestling history.

What’s next?

As we approach 2025, fans can expect to see increased appearances from Cena, potentially culminating in a high-profile match at WrestleMania 41.

How do you think WWE should book John Cena’s final two years? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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