While John Cena may not be a full-time member of the roster anymore, he still pops up from time to time in order to remind us that he is, in fact, still a part of the WWE family. However, given his age and his transition over into Hollywood, you have to wonder how much longer he's going to be competing.
We'd like to see him receive a definitive retirement one way or another, and as such, we've decided to come up with a list of ten superstars that we believe would be perfect for the 'job', so to speak.
10 Matt Riddle
While it may seem a little bit odd to put someone who is still down in NXT in such a prominent position, we think Riddle could make quite the career for himself as someone who, well, kind of kills legends in the same vein as Randy Orton back in the day.
We already know he wants to retire Brock Lesnar, which he should absolutely do, and it’d be pretty cool to see him inflict the same kind of punishment upon John Cena. To be honest, we aren’t so sure he’s going to be around long enough to do that in WWE, but we’ll have to wait and see.
9 The Undertaker
For some weird reason, we really enjoy the idea of The Undertaker bringing John Cena’s time in WWE to an end – even though he already beat him back at WrestleMania 34. Perhaps Cena can finally turn heel and get Taker back out of retirement once again, forcing the two to have one final showdown.
Then, the Deadman gets another win under his belt, reiterating that this is still his yard after all these years. It may seem a little bit dumb to go down this route, but we aren’t happy with the Mania match we got between them.
8 Drew McIntyre
We know that Drew has been a bit hot and cold as a result of the booking that has been thrown his way by WWE in the last few months, but even with that being the case, he is an absolute monster of a man and we all need to take the time to appreciate that.
The Scottish Psychopath is such an exciting presence on WWE programming when he is performing to his optimal abilities, and we’d love nothing more than to see him get a big-time win over a character like Cena.
7 Samoa Joe
Big bad Samoa Joe and John Cena go way back, to the point where it seemed inevitable that the two men would be squaring off at one of the last few WrestleManias. Alas, that didn’t happen, but we still believe WWE should pull the trigger on this.
They could build up a really nice story between these two men, to the point where we’d be legitimately fascinated to know what kind of a match we’d get.
Would it be faster than we’re all imagining it, or would it just be outright physical?
John Cena owes Rusev a lot because without him, he wouldn’t have been able to kickstart the United States Championship reign that reignited his career. Ever since that fateful night at WrestleMania 31, it feels like The Bulgarian Brute has been on a steady decline towards irrelevancy.
He’d need to be built back up quite well in order for this to work, but we really do think it could work out. Rusev vs Cena was a solid feud, and it’s been long enough since it happened for us to drag it all back up again.
5 Roman Reigns
A few years ago when these two men squared off at No Mercy, a lot of fans decided to try and ruin the match – that was until they realized it was actually going to be pretty good. Roman and John always know how to create magic together, and one final bout would serve as the ultimate passing of the torch moment.
We already know that Reigns is the top guy and probably will be for at least another half a decade, but if they staged a match of this magnitude at WrestleMania or SummerSlam then it’d immediately feel a lot bigger.
4 Velveteen Dream
He’s not the natural next choice to be the face of the company, but why shouldn’t he be? Velveteen Dream is as good, if not better, than the majority of the main roster right now when it comes to being an all-around talent in the character and in-ring department.
You could even argue that he has been homegrown by WWE, which you know they would do, so it makes all the sense in the world. All you need to do is plant the seeds for this and they’d be off to the races with lots of great material.
3 AJ Styles
Something still doesn’t sit right with us about how John Cena won the WWE Championship from AJ Styles at the 2017 Royal Rumble. While it may easily have been a Match of the Year contender, that just isn’t really the point.
We want Styles to have one final shot at Cena, in the ultimate Mr. WWE vs Mr. TNA showdown. Then, you could even have Styles retire too, in what would be a rare instance of WWE pulling off a double retirement successfully.
The question is: do they have the grapefruits to do it?
2 Braun Strowman
This one probably isn’t going to be an overwhelmingly popular selection, and we can understand that. However, while it may not be a conventional match or even one that people have been clamoring for, it certainly fits the bill when it comes to the Big Man vs Underdog stereotype.
It would be a call-back to the old days and, in the process, Braun could get over massively by crushing Cena in the final stages of the encounter.
Don’t sit there and pretend like you wouldn’t pay to watch that, either.
1 Bray Wyatt
Say hello to another man that has been wronged by John Cena over the years: Bray Wyatt.
The man now known as The Fiend seems to be on the run of his career, and we’re absolutely loving it. This weird split personality gimmick he appears to be in the midst of is working wonders, and we think it’d be great for him to really take it to the next level by retiring John Cena.
If you really want to run with this in the right way, you could have Cena be off of WWE television for a good few years before coming back to have a few jokey segments.
But when he does those segments, he’ll always have the memory of The Fiend.