16-time WWE Champion John Cena made his much-anticipated return to the WWE on the March 6th edition of Raw. Cena’s return got cut short by the United States Champion Austin Theory and the duo had an interesting back-and-forth promo. During the promo, Cena made fun of Theory for being a “John Cena wannabe” by wearing fancy boots and tights. He also revealed that he almost got fired from the WWE during his famous “Ruthless Aggression” era in the company.
“Right now you’re in the phase of ruthless aggression and ruthless aggression almost got me fired. What a great opportunity it was, but you could see that I didn’t believe in myself and the opportunity just wasn’t enough.” Cena said during the promo.
After bursting on the scene in impressive fashion against Kurt Angle in 2002, Cena’s career went downhill. The Hollywood star admitted that while he was wearing boots and tights during his initial run, nobody in the company liked him. He almost got fired because his character was getting stale and it failed to connect with the audience.
The WWE legend was able to save his career by going through a character change. He introduced his “Doctor of Thuganomics” character and it was a huge hit among fans. After finding feet in the company, Cena went on to cultivate a Hall of Fame-worthy career.
John Cena vs Austin Theory official for WrestleMania 39
Following his return, John Cena‘s rumored WrestleMania 39 match against Austin Theory was made official on Raw this week. A match between the two stars has been in discussions according to reports since early 2022. The duo even had a brief interaction backstage when Cena made an appearance on Raw last year.
The United States Champion challenged Cena for the WrestleMania match on Raw this week but the veteran superstar declined initially. But after listening to the WWE Universe, Cena finally accepted the youngster’s challenge. The match will also have the United States Championship on the line. The United States title is a championship that John Cena has won 5 times in his illustrious WWE career.
THE TIME HAS COME.@_Theory1 defends the #USTitle against @JohnCena at #WrestleMania! pic.twitter.com/hAntoS1Wke— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) March 7, 2023
It’ll be interesting to see what creative direction the match will have at WrestleMania 39. Many fans feel that Cena will put Theory over at the show as he doesn’t need the win at this point of his WWE career. The Peacemaker star’s inclusion has already increased the star power of WrestleMania this year.
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