Throughout WWE's long history, many legendary superstars passed the baton to younger colleagues when they were in the process of hanging up their boots. The Rock's victory over Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania X8 is considered by many insiders to be the most famous handover in the modern era of the Stamford-based federation.
As SummerSlam 2021 approaches, it has been widely reported that John Cena may be returning to face Roman Reigns in the main event. Any challenge between the two would undoubtedly have a particular flavor, as both of these champions have had to handle fierce criticism from the WWE Universe on their journey.
Interviewed by Dan Mirade for 'Boston Wrestling MWF', the father of the 16-time world champion - John Cena Sr. - has expressed all his concerns about it. "I just don't think something like this will happen," said John Cena Sr.
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“What good would a match between John Cena and Roman Reigns be? Stop this nonsense of passing the baton. It's just nonsense. I'm sorry to be vulgar, but that's the way it is.
If they bring Cena back to turn him against Roman Reigns, there is a risk of disaster. If John comes out defeated, are you sure Roman will come out stronger from that situation? I think there would be a wave of boos," he said, adding to the debate.
Despite having held the role of the WWE symbol for over a decade, the leader of the 'Cenation' has not always been appreciated by fans, also thanks to his essence as an eternal babyface. His last official appearance dates back to the controversial 'Firefly Funhouse Match' played against The Fiend Bray Wyatt in the 2020 edition of WrestleMania.
"I would rather see Reigns against another athlete, while Cena could reappear in WWE as a heel," commented John Cena Sr. The former Shield member experienced fan dissatisfaction especially between 2014 and 2020. John Cena is currently busy promoting his upcoming movie F9, the latest installment of the highly successful Fast & Furious franchise.
As part of the media tour, the 16-time world champion of WWE recently sat down for an interview with Tara Hitchcock during which she caught Cena off guard, asking him what he would be doing on August 21, the date for WWE SummerSlam.
John Cena casually replied “Hopefully, enjoying the summer. I don’t know”. Hitchcock then further asked if he would be in Las Vegas before directly mentioning SummerSlam. John Cena laughed and said "That was a good way to do that!” and then added that he has a lot on his plate and doesn't want to raise any expectations if he can't fulfill them.