John Cena has broken his silence after being defeated by Roman Reigns at SummerSlam.
The wrestler turned Hollywood star had been aiming to win a record 17th World Championship at the event, but he ultimately came up short against the Universal Champion.
Cena pulled out all of the stops against his younger, full-time rival but Reigns always found a way to fight back. Cena landed an Attitude Adjustment, an Attitude Adjustment from the top rope, as well as locking in the STFU, but the champion kept coming back. In the end Cena set Reigns up for a Spear, imitating him in the process, but it was champion who landed the move first, sealing the win.
Appearing on Good Morning America, Cena reflected on the defeat saying he felt good even after finishing second.
“Unfortunately WWE doesn’t give a silver medal,”
“I think I will try to do the best I can until I feel I’m offending the consumer. There’s nothing like the energy of being in that ring with the audience around. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to do a whole lot of stuff. That energy is indescribable. That place is my home. I wouldn’t be who I am without it. The audience is my family — I want to be kind to them — I still feel good even though I finished second so I still feel I have something to contribute.”
Cena also took to social media to thank WWE fans for an incredible summer. He added that his journey will take him away again for now, but he’ll be back soon.
Words cannot describe how appreciative I am that the @WWEUniverse allowed me the opportunity to return and perform. Thank you staff, superstars, and most of all FANS for giving me an unforgettable summer at “home” with my “family”. The journey takes me away now but I’ll C U soon.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) August 23, 2021
As Cena lay prone in the ring coming to his senses after being flattened by the champion, a familiar sound reverberated around Allegiant Stadium. The imposing theme music of one Brock Lesnar.
The Beast had been away from WWE since WrestleMania 36, but arrived with a purpose. After marching to the ring, Lesnar briefly stared down Reigns before the champion and his Special Counsel Paul Heyman made their exit.
After the show went off the air, Lesnar tuned his attention to Cena, taking him to Suplex City one more time, for old time’s sake.