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Cena's mainstream popularity has helped him bag commercials for major brands and he's out there building a movie career. Cena debuted in WWE as The Prototype in 2002, and soon turned into a crowd favorite.
He embraced the rapper gimmick and ran with it. By the time WrestleMania 21 rolled around, Cena was set to compete for the WWE Title against JBL in the main event of the show.
Ever since then, Cena has been a WWE mainstay and has become one of the biggest Superstars in the history of the business. He has won multiple WWE Titles and is regarded as the flagbearer of WWE in the 21st Century. Although a part of the WWE Universe has lost hope on a Cena return, here are 5 reasons why Cena isn't finished with WWE.
#5 Cena is still young
Cena is young compared to the likes of The Undertaker, Triple H and many more who have main evented WrestleManias and other major PPVs, even though they're way past their prime. The Undertaker was 52 when he lost to Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 33. Triple H is all set to face off against Batista at WrestleMania 35, and he's 49 at the moment.
Cena has shown time and time again that he can wrestle 5-star classics. He's just 41 years old at present and still has a lot left in the tank. Even though he's not being regularly seen in the WWE, there's no way Cena is done with the business. He will build a career outside WWE and capitalize on it to come back and earn better paychecks.
#4 Everyone comes back at some point
There's a famous saying that fits perfectly in the world of professional wrestling: "Never say never".
The Rock came back weeks before WrestleMania 27 and went on to wrestle occasionally in WWE for the next 5 years. Brock Lesnar came back to WWE the night after WrestleMania 28, and proceeded to deliver a thunderous F5 on John Cena.
To promote its brand new videogame, WWE signed Goldberg just in time for Survivor Series 2016, and he went on to defeat Brock Lesnar in a matter of seconds.
Compared to these three Superstars, WWE and John Cena are on great terms and he will make his long-anticipated return soon, at least to wrestle a handful of matches and put over young Superstars.
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#3 Cena keeps the intrigue alive
John Cena's Instagram page is one of the most bizarre and mysterious social media handles you will ever come across. He posts photos on the page on a regular basis but makes it a point to never explain the photo, leaving the fans to speculate.
This strategy could be Cena's way to keep the intrigue alive and regularly remind the fans that he isn't too far away from the business that made him into the Superstar he is today.
For instance, Cena jumped on the bandwagon of the speculation on Kurt Angle's WrestleMania opponent. He posted a photo of Angle on his page, sending the fans into a frenzy. After Corbin was announced as Angle's opponent, Cena responded by making fun of Corbin by posting his edited photos. Cena's Instagram could possibly be a reminder to the fans that he's still associated with the business and could come back anytime.
#2 He's still tied with Ric Flair
As John Cena ascended to the top of WWE's main event scene, it didn't take long for the fans to realize what WWE was up to. The company was hell-bent on giving Cena the honor of having the most number of World title reigns. When Cena defeated AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble PPV in 2017, he tied Ric Flair's record of 16 World title reigns.
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Ever since then, Cena hasn't won a major title, and there's no way WWE would let all these years of effort go down the drain. Cena will become WWE Champion once again, someday.
Even though he would probably keep it for a short period of time, he will win it for sure so that Cena's name could go above Flair's in the history books. There's no indication on when is it going to happen, but it is bound to happen someday.
#1 Cena loves this business
Ever since Cena came to WWE, he has made it clear that he loves this business more than any wrestler in the history of professional wrestling. During his feud with The Rock, Cena dissed The Brahma Bull, stating that Rock left the fans to go to Hollywood while he's here entertaining them every single night.
Although the scenario has changed quite a bit since then, and Cena is doing exactly the same thing as The Rock, there's no denying the fact that he loves this business genuinely. Over the course of the past few years, Cena has come back to put over Superstars like Roman Reigns. He went on to lose to The Undertaker in a squash match at last year's WrestleMania.
Cena loves professional wrestling too much to just leave the fans hanging and never come back.