With his WWE return scheduled for 27 June, John Cena is now expected to face United States Champion Theory at SummerSlam!
It was announced on the 6 June episode of Monday Night Raw that John Cena would be returning to WWE programming on the 27 June broadcast of the red brand, exactly twenty years on from his initial WWE debut.
Although it was previously unknown whether or not Cena would actually be wrestling, a fresh update from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer reports that the multi-time World Champion will be challenging for the United States Championship come SummerSlam (h/t Bodyslam):
“Cena returns on the 6/27 Raw show in Laredo, TX. While this has not been confirmed to us by the company, the talk in wrestling is that it will be Cena vs. Theory at SummerSlam with the idea that working with Cena will bring Theory up to a higher level.”
John Cena is a previous five-time United States Champion, first holding the title in 2004. His penultimate reign with the championship in 2015 is fondly remembered for Cena’s weekly open challenges, during which he created instant classics with the likes of Cesaro, Sami Zayn, and Bad News Barrett.
‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ hasn’t been a regular part of WWE programming since early 2018. He’s wrestled just a handful of television matches since, instead taking on a role similar to The Undertaker where he’s brought back for a marquee Big Four clash.
John Cena returned to WWE programming at the conclusion of last year’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view, confronting Roman Reigns. Cena ended up failing to dethrone ‘The Tribal Chief’ of the Universal Championship at SummerSlam, though the pair enjoyed a well-received headline attraction.
WWE is promoting June as #CenaMonth to celebrate twenty years of the bonafide Hall of Famer. His debut vs. Kurt Angle from the 27 June 2002 edition of SmackDown remains one of the blue brand’s most memorable moments.