f John Cena doesn’t wrestle a match for WWE over the final quarter of 2022, one of his many incredible streaks will reach its conclusion.
As pointed out by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com, this year may mark the first calendar year where Cena does not wrestle a single match since his WWE debut. The 16-time World Champion joined WWE on a developmental contract in 2001, and he debuted on the June 27, 2002 episode of SmackDown in a memorable segment with Hall of Famer Kurt Angle.
The wrestler-turned-actor works for WWE on a very limited basis these days, but he did manage to squeeze in the odd match even when he stopped wrestling on a full-time basis. Cena’s last televised WWE bout took place at SummerSlam 2021, where he fell to Roman Reigns (a Universal Championship match) in the main event.
Cena also made a match work in 2020, going up against Bray Wyatt in a cinematic “Firefly Fun House match”, which the latter won. This marks Cena’s most recent match at WrestleMania, and his only one dating back to 2019.
Although he made an appearance at WrestleMania 35 (where he interrupted one of Elias’ concerts), Cena didn’t actually wrestle that night. On the Jan. 14, 2019 episode of WWE Raw, Cena competed in a Fatal Four-Way bout with Finn Balor, Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin to determine the No. 1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble. Balor went on to win the match, but Lesnar successfully defended the title at Royal Rumble.
Cena’s Streak Is Likely Going To End
If Cena wrestles these days, it’s usually at one of WWE’s marquee pay-per-views. Survivor Series 2022 (Nov. 26 in Boston, Massachusetts) is still two months away, but there aren’t any indicators that WWE may use the 16-time World Champion for that card. With Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, Money in the Bank and SummerSlam out of the way, it looks like Cena’s impressive streak will end.
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