WWE No Mercy 2017: John Cena Has Heavily Hinted At Retirement After Defeat To Roman Reigns

Was it an end of an era? Or so..probably. Roman Reigns speared John Cena through an announce table and finished off with the 15-time world champion to win the singles match at the WWE pay-per-view event No Mercy at the Staples Centre on Sunday. But what came as a bit of surprise was Cena’s statement – did it hint towards a retirement?

Cena binned off his trademark sweatbands after losing to AJ Styles at SummerSlam last year and Sunday night soaked in a cacophony of ‘Thank you, Cena’ chants before slowly making his way up the ramp and saluting the crowd for what seemed like about an hour.

Fair play, the 16-time world champion has more than earned the respect of wrestling fans everywhere, having been the biggest star in the industry for the last dozen years and also being an actual 40-year-old man who wears sweatbands, oversized t-shirts and runs to the ring accompanied by a theme tune that he rapped himself. Fucking hell, when you see it written out like that, it just makes you love him even more, doesn’t it?

 Anyway, the rumours doing the rounds at the moment are that Cena is indeed very close to retirement, which may explain why he’s been running through dream matches like they’re going out of fashion since his return to the WWE ring in July (if you discount his flag match with Rusev, that is) with Shinsuke Nakamura, Braun Strowman and now Reigns all being booked against the Doctor of Thuganomics (a nickname that doesn’t get used anywhere near enough, nowadays) over the past two months.

After his match he said during a discussion in the WWE Studios:

I just think my role is different. I said this during a podcast. Regardless of whether I have opportunities outside of WWE or not, I am 40 years old and I have 15 years of track experience in the WWE and that is not at a normal level but at an elite level. I don’t know how long I can keep going. I’ve got to know when to say when and I am not done. But I don’t know how long I can keep going at the pace I’m going at. That’s a major thing for me to consider. This for me is my life, my family. I eat, sleep and breathe WWE. I don’t think anybody can argue that. So I’d be like batman, if they shine the light, I’ll come running.

Adding to it, after his shocking defeat to Reigns, the former champion walked out of the ring and as he was heading out he gave just one glance back at the ring. Fans found it similar to what they had seen when the Undertaker had lost to Reigns.

Watch the entire conversation here…

Talking about the match he said:

It was weird because here it was a guy who said he was ‘the guy’ and I don’t feel right about it. I don’t feel that he is. And then in a one month period, I watch this young man mature into the guy – from a superstar standpoint and tonight it was from a performance standpoint. This is the building where I won my first championship in Wrestlemania. But sitting there tonight a giant burden was lifted off my shoulders in the best way possible.



With Cena having filming for Transformers film Bumblebee on the way, chances are that Big Match John is simply taking another extended hiatus and will be back in time for the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania season at the beginning of next year.

Or he’s finished in the squared circle forever in which case this is the worst day, ever and we should all get a week off work to recover from the grief.

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