John Cena made a stunning return to the wrestling ring on Sunday night – and went straight for WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns.
Reigns had just wrestled in the main event of the Money in the Bank pay per view in Texas, overcoming bitter rival Edge to retain his championship in a punishing encounter.
The Head of the Table took to the microphone after the match and addressed the vocal, sell-out crowd, telling the world they should now “acknowledge me.”
With the audience baying for blood, Cena’s iconic theme music hit – prompting a monstrous reception that all but took the roof of the building.
The Hollywood star – who has not had an actual match inside a WWE ring since 2019 – posed for the cameras before hitting Reigns with his customary ‘You can’t see me’ gesture.
The showdown seemed to confirm rumours in recent weeks that Cena is due to be next in line to face Reigns for the Universal Championship.
The 44-year-old is reportedly due to begin shooting his next movie later in August after WWE’s big Summerslam show but could seemingly be around long enough to build up to what would be a titanic clash.
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Cena has readily admitted he’s long since retired from being a regular, full-time performer for the company that helped make his name, but there’s equally no doubt that having him around even for a short while will be a big boost to WWE.
That’s evident by the fact that Cena later confirmed that he’ll open up Monday Night Raw tonight – the weekly show Reigns doesn’t appear on – as the red brand looks to bounce back from a difficult year of television ratings during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Vince McMahon’s company had been forced to shut its doors in the Spring of 2020 but continued to air all of its weekly shows and monthly events in a closed doors setting – with fans able to take part via a virtual ‘Thunderdome’ live screen experience.
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Money in the Bank was the first event of its kind – WrestleMania aside – to benefit from a live crowd, and it didn’t disappoint.
The night also saw Bobby Lashley retain his WWE Championship against Kofi Kingston, and Charlotte Flair win back the Raw Women’s Championship from Rhea Ripley.
In some of the evening’s most high-flying, daredevil action, Nikki ASH and Big E won the respective women’s and men’s Money in the Bank ladder matches.
WWE presents Summerslam on pay per view on August 21 from Las Vagas.
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