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Being the face of the WWE, John Cena wrestled almost all of the WWE PPVs every year from 2002 to 2018. The tradition changed in 2019 as he was neither part of a match in a PPV nor the weekly WWE programming. A 17-year streak ended with this Sunday’s TLC PPV as the 16-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion did not perform in an entire calendar year.
WWE TLC was the final PPV of 2019 and John Cena obviously did not show up for the event that took place at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Notably, Cena did mention the end of the streak through a post on Instagram that fuelled up rumors of his return. But the packed movie schedule of him did not allow him to do so.
There’s no doubt that John Cena is the most celebrated franchise players of the WWE. To date, we have seen names like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and Hulk Hogan playing the role alongside the current one, Roman Reigns. But, neither one of them has carried the company on his shoulder for such a stretched period.
It should be noted that John Cena has appeared on only one WWE PPV in 2019 (WrestleMania 35) but he didn’t wrestle on that night.
Moving forward, there’s no update when we can expect him to be back on board. Perhaps, he would show up at the next edition of Wrestlemania that takes place in his home state of Florida.
At one point in the last decade, WWE badly needed a top babyface superstar who can be the poster boy of the company. Most of the bigger names of the Attitude Era were leaving the brand and a savior was needed.
John Cena perfectly suited into the role that started the Ruthless Aggression Era and then converted it into his own, PG Era.
For the entire time of this generation, The Cenation Leader featured in the top spot of the company. Some names wanted to topple him from his throne but failed. His connection with the fans was so much organic alongside great mic skills that might be the very best in the entire WWE history.