With WWE star John Cena losing to Roman Reigns during last month's No Mercy pay-per-view, many people have been speculating that he could retire or end up taking a long break from wrestling.
The break won't be too long, however, as Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required) says that the WWE expects Cena to be back in time for Survivor Series. With Cena expected to be featured in a bunch of movies like The Pact and the Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee, a break makes a lot of sense for him.
The 2017 WWE Survivor Series is scheduled to go down on Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston, Texas. This means that Cena will be away from the ring for almost two months. That gives him some time to take part in his outside projects. Of course, that depends on when each movie is scheduled to film. Cena could end up taking the rest of the year off after Survivor Series in order to work on other things outside of the ring.
Right now, his rumored opponent, according to CageSideSeats, is Bray Wyat, though that could change. The two have battled before, but the last time they met, Wyatt pinned Cena to win the World Heavyweight Championship at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Though Wyatt came out on top last time, Cena has a few victories over the former leader of the Wyatt Family.
It's going to be interesting to see what kind of plans the WWE has for Cena when he does return. Sportskeeda brought up five possible booking options for him. One of those is to turn Cena into a heel.
While that would be interesting, could people really learn to hate Cena as a "bad guy?" I don't see it happening. But then again it seems like the WWE can do almost anything they want. Their reasoning behind Cena becoming a heel is that the WWE is light on that side of things, and it has been a long time since Cena wasn't a babyface.
The question is, does Cena want to become a heel? If he doesn't, he may just end up deciding to retire. Or could he end up as the SmackDown Live commissioner? Is that a job the WWE would give him? This is something interesting to ponder over the next few months.
Other options that the WWE could mull over when it comes to Cena is whether they want to make him the next World Champion or Grand Slam Champion. That is certainly possible, and we think that's a lot more likely than a heel turn.