WWE has announced that the sixteen-time champion of the world John Cena will open Monday Night Raw following his shock return at Money In The Bank.
Following a 479 day hiatus, 16-time World Champion John Cena made a stunning return to the WWE during the 2021 Money in the Bank PPV event.
‘The Leader of the Ce-Nation’ last appeared for the WWE at WrestleMania 36 during the divisive Firefly Funhouse Match against ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt, Cena would ultimately come out on the losing end of the cinematic bout leading to a 15-month hiatus from the WWE which would see Cena pursue interests outside of wrestling, mainly acting in Hollywood franchises such as The Suicide Squad and The Fast and Furious series.
Following a gruelling main event between Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Edge, Cena made his shocking returning. After Seth Rollins had cost Edge the match, he and the Rated R Superstar fought through the crowd and out of sight. This left Reigns who had barely retained his title alone in the ring.
As Paul Heyman summoned a microphone, Reigns declared that everyone should acknowledge him as Cena’s music hit to a thunderous reception. The sixteen-time world champion briefly stared down the unimpressed champion before saluting the crowd as the show went off the air.
A recent report from Fightful Select anticipated ‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ return to the WWE. The report suggested that Cena would return to WWE “within the next 11 days” with the working plan being that he would appear on the July 23rd episode of SmackDown. However, it is also noted that plans change and the former world champion could be back in a WWE ring before that date.
Cena recently wrapped filming on the HBO series Peacemaker according to the show’s writer and director James Gunn. This reportedly leaves the way clear for ‘Mr. Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect’ to return to the ring for WWE’s summer spectacular.
John Cena last competed on WWE’s flagship show over two and a half years ago on the 14th of January 2019. On that night Cena faced off with Finn Balor, Baron Corbin, and Drew McIntyre in a Fatal Four-Way match to become the number one contender to the WWE Universal Championship. Balor won the match going on to face Brock Lesnar for the title at the 2019 Royal Rumble.