He’s back! John CenaAnnounced that he would be marking his 20th anniversary with WWE by returning to the Monday Night Show for an episode later in the month.
“BREAKING NEWS: @JohnCena returns to #WWERaw on Monday, June 27 to celebrate his 20 Year Anniversary with @WWE,” the official Twitter account for the professional wrestling company wrote on Monday, June 6.
Cena, 45, responded to the announcement, tweeting, “Been far too long and what a special occasion to be able spend with the @WWEUniverse! Laredo, TX, C U soon!!! #WWERaw #CenaMonth.”
The athlete also replied via Twitter to a compilation of WWE wrestlers sharing lessons learned from him over time. “Success isn’t defined by what you have done, but what you pass onto those who come next,” the former rapper wrote via Twitter. “If honesty is the core of any relationship, support must be how we show it. Thank you all for the kind words, I’m always in your corner.”
News of Cena’s return comes after Austin TheoryRecently, they teased a possible SummerSlam match.
“It just takes words out of my mouth because I think when that moment happens and I’m in the ring with John Cena, I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what I’m gonna say. I don’t know,” Theory, 24, who is currently the United States Champion, told The New York Post late last month. “I have no idea just because like you’re saying and the way you spoke about it, I clearly know what it was like for me growing up watching John, just the story there and how much we’d actually have for a story. Man, that’s just so crazy to me. I see it happening for sure.”
The Suicide Squad actor, who made his WWE debut in 2002, previously revealed he wasn’t sure when he would completely retire from wrestling. “If physically, I’m slower, I’ve said openly to everyone that I will keep doing this until I feel I’m offending the customer. I will continually go out there and do what I can to contribute and add,” Cena explained during an interview with Chris HardwickIn August 2021. “I don’t want to go out there and be like, ‘OK, just let him go out there and do his thing.’ I’m not into that because I know what it’s like to pay for a ticket.”
The Massachusetts native added: “If I were to get that on this go-round, it’s a humbling and tough thing that I will have to hurdle. If I get the opposite and it’s like, ‘You’re quicker and can do some things better and define a new personality,’ then that’s a new conversation because I do not have much time left and if I want to give it like, ‘Let’s really commit to this thing and really go all in,’ that’s an honest choice where other stuff will have to take a backseat.”
Cena, a former wrestler, has now turned to acting and noted the difference in the community. “Returning to WWE, it’s a brand-new world. A new cast, new direction, new platforms, and a new environment. There is a challenge there,” he added at the time. “To challenge myself as a 44-year-old to go back, there is an Intrinsic challenge there, a set of circumstances. That’s a good challenge in many ways.”
His time at WWE saw him become the BumblebeeStar made headlines when the star proposed to his then-girlfriend Nikki BellaWrestlemania 33. “I have been waiting so long to ask you this,” he said at the 2017 event after defeating The Miz. “Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace, will you marry me?”
The couple split up one year after they were engaged. Cena moved on Shay ShariatzadehThe duo got married in October 2020. Bella, 38, is engaged. Artem ChigvintsevAfter meeting on Dancing With the Stars. The reality star welcomed their son Matteo in July 2020.