John Cena.

Here are dates for John Cena's departure and return - very interesting PPV return

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John Cena has been the face of the WWE for as long as most fans can remember (2005-ish, to be precise), but as he takes more time off for outside ventures, that is no longer the case.

The 39-year-old is lingering on 15 world title reigns, but he has come up short in all of his recent attempts to land a historic 16th.

AJ Styles holds three consecutive victories over the Leader of the Cenation and looks set to feud with Dean Ambrose over the WWE title while Cena takes time off to film the second season of American Grit.

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Cena’s hiatus from WWE is expected to start after the October 15 live event in Phoenix, Arizona, but he will return for the Survivor Series pay-per-view, most likely as a member of the SmackDown Live team who will pit their five best stars - who aren't already in title matches - against Raw's five best.

That event isn't until November 20, so Cena will have a good five weeks away from the company.

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After that, he is also scheduled to work a Madison Square Garden event at the end of December and NoDQ.com reports that is when he is expected to resume his full-time schedule.

The WWE keeps teasing a 16th world title win for Cena which would equal the legendary Ric Flair's long-standing record.

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He is set to reignite his feud with Styles upon his return and chances are, knowing Cena, he will come out on top when all is said and done.

That could be at WrestleMania and that event is worthy of such a historic moment. His rumoured match with The Undertaker at 'Mania 33 in Orlando looks unlikely after pictures emerged of The Deadman on crutches.

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