During his time in WWE John Cena has become almost famous for eliciting a mixed reaction from the crowd as soon as his music hits.
Duelling ‘Let’s go Cena,’ Cena sucks,’ chants have been a staple of John Cena appearances for a number of years now, but all that changed at Money In The Bank. Whether it was the element of surprise, the fact fans were back at a WWE show or simply how long he’d been away. When Cena’s music crashed around Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, he received the kind of roar of appreciation usually reserved for the likes of Stone Cold and The Rock.
Interestingly, it appears that the reaction wasn’t a one off either. During his subsequent appearances on RAW and SmackDown, Cena was again received like a conquering hero by his adoring public.
Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, Cena revealed that the shift in reaction wasn’t lost on him. Reflecting on his return at Money In The Bank, the 16-time world champion said that he was pleased it was kept a surprise, explaining that he wasn’t expecting such a good reaction.
“I’m not used to that,” Cena said of the cheers. “Usually, in the arena, half the people, or more, are telling me that I suck and half the people are saying ‘Let’s go Cena.’ I was kinda expecting that. I’ve been curtailing off a number of my performances in WWE for the last few years because I’ve been filming projects, but I didn’t expect the shift to be that much. I think it’s because I was a genuine surprise. I showed up the next night on Raw and they were still very excited. A bunch of chants started. They were chanting ‘welcome back’ and ‘let’s go Cena’ and ‘Cena sucks,’ but they knew I was going to be there. The thing I hold closest about that Money in the Bank appearance is that, in this day and age, trying to orchestrate some sort of genuine surprise is rare. It was a genuine moment and everyone was excited. That led to me being excited.”
When asked about when he knew he would be appearing, Cena gave little away.
“That’s level specific-classified information. I will state that it wasn’t planned day of.”
Since making his return, Cena has his sights set on Roman Reigns, laying down a challenge to the Universal Champion for a match at SummerSlam. However, the Tribal Chief declined. Reigns instead accepted a challenge from Finn Balor.
WWE recently announced that John Cena will appear the on Friday September 10th edition of SmackDown at Madison Square Garden.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.