Major update on John Cena's WWE status for the rest of the year

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John Cena has been the resident face of the WWE for so long, it is almost inconceivable to imagine the company without him.

The 39-year-old is a 15-time WWE champion, but it would appear he is dedicating more time to outside projects as his days inside the squared circle begins to come to a gradual close.

He has featured in several WWE-produced films throughout his career, but he has also made cameos in several major films in the past few years and is now the host of the reality TV show 'American Grit'.


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The Leader of the Cenation will be taking a TV sabbatical from WWE in mid-October to film the second season of American Grit, which is when the first season began filming last year. Cena is expected to be out of action until late December to film the show.

The former Doctor of Thuganomics is currently scheduled to face Dean Ambrose and WWE Champion AJ Styles at for the WWE title at the pay-per-view No Mercy on October 9. That event is just days before his filming is scheduled to start and it's extremely unlikely he will be walking away with the title.

Cena's last scheduled date before his extended absence is the SmackDown taping on October 11 at the SAP Center in San Jose. Cena is also scheduled to appear at the Survivor Series pay-per-view on November 20, but is not currently advertised for any other shows after that until late December for WWE Holiday live events after Christmas.

Chances are, Cena will be written out with a big injury and he will return to the title picture when he's active again in December.

He still hopes to equal, and possibly break Ric Flair's record of 16 world title reigns, but if he continues to be a part-time performer, that might prove difficult.

Winning the title on a part-time schedule is one thing, but breaking the record for total wins ever from one of the greatest performers of all-time is very different.

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