Wrestling star John Cena announces retirement from WWE | Ents & Arts News

US wrestling star John Cena has announced he is retiring from competing in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) events.

Speaking at an event in Toronto, Canada, the 47-year-old said his last appearances will be at the Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, and WrestleMania 41 in Las Vegas, in 2025.

His announcement was met by a cheering crowd who went on to chant “Thank you Cena”.

“What in incredible gesture of kindness,” Cena said in response to fans in the arena. “I wanna say thank you, thank you so much for letting me play in the house that you built.”

He ended his speech by inviting other “WWE superstars” to “hurry up and come get some… because the last time is now”.

Cena has been signed to WWE since 2001 but has performed part-time since 2018, during his time in the ring he has become 16-time world champion.

He is regarded within WWE as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.

He has also appeared in numerous films including 2015 comedy Trainwreck, written and starring comedian Amy Schumer, 2021 film The Suicide Squad – based on the DC Comics team – alongside Margot Robbie and most recently Matthew Vaughn’s spy action comedy Argylle.

FILE - Wrestler John Cena, top, chokes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at a Wrestlemania event, April 7, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is back to perform in one of the main events this weekend's WrestleMania in Philadelphia (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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John Cena wrestles Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson at a Wrestlemania event in 2013. Pic: AP

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