The WWE has put an end to John Cena's retirement rumors by announcing his return to the ring. According to wwe.com, The Leader of the Cenation is scheduled to make 12 appearances in a 20-day course next month. "Prepare for a sea of Cenation flags to rise and shake in cities across the country next month when John Cena returns to WWE Live," the statement said. "Returning to the ring for the first time since WWE Super ShowDown in Australia, the World Champion 16 times prepares for action in a series of live WWE Events, which will begin next month."
The 16-time world champion has only appeared part-time for the wrestling company in 2018 as he continues to build his lucrative career in Hollywood. The last appearance of Cena in the WWE was in Super Show-Down in Melbourne last month, where he joined forces with Bobby Lashley to defeat Elias and Kevin Owens.
Cena was to compete in the World Cup tournament at Crown Jewel's controversial pay-per-view in Saudi Arabia last month, but he and Daniel Bryan were withdrawn at the last minute due to unknown reasons.
The 41-year-old is possibly the biggest star in WWE history and looks set to be available for Royal Rumble, Fastlane and WrestleMania 35.
Appearances in John Cena's WWE Live Event:
Madison Square Garden, New York – December 26
Nassau Coliseum, New York – December 27
Royals Farms Arena, Baltimore – December 28
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh – December 29
Amalie Arena, Tampa – December 30
Columbus Civic Center, Columbus – January 4
Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee – January 5
Hertz Arena, Ft. Myers – January 6
Amway Center, Orlando – January 7 (unprocessed)
Charleston Civic Center, Charleston – January 11
Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville – January 12
Von Braun Civic Center, Huntsville – January 13
FedEx Forum, Memphis – January 14
Cena has spent several months away from the WWE to film his latest film, the X-traction Project in China, with legendary martial artist Jackie Chan.