John Cena's return to WWE proved to be a huge success. Coinciding with the return of the public to the arenas, the leader of the 'Cenation' has once again proved to be one of the main attractions that wrestling has to offer.
The 16-time world champion has progressively moved away from the ring in recent years, and has now become a Hollywood star and not being able to risk injuries that could compromise his work behind the camera. The Bostonian's impact on the WWE Universe was even more evident in the episode of SmackDown which took place tonight, with Cleveland fans witnessing an intense face-off between Roman Reigns and Cena himself.
It is likely that the feud between the two will continue until SummerSlam, the most important pay-per-view of the summer. Host of the 'Smack Talk' show, pro-wrestling legend Dutch Mantell explained how Cena's return had a very positive effect on Reigns' character as well.
Mantell pays tribute to John Cena
"John Cena created more hype around Roman Reigns tonight than he has been able to do in the last three months! The 16-time world champion is a master of this kind of thing, he knows how to move and generate the reaction of the WWE Universe.
He engaged the fans by stirring up the sides of one and the other, a brilliant move," Mantell analyzed. "I appreciated the work that Paul Heyman and Roman Reigns have done in recent months, but it is not comparable to what John Cena has been able to create in the space of a couple of weeks," he commented.
Recently, former WWE star Tony Nese praised John's support for the younger ones. “He-He's probably one of the nicest guys he's ever met. During the tours we did around the United States, even though he was only on the first segment of SmackDown, he used to stay and watch the whole show in front of the monitor.
He liked to give useful information to all the boys”. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that WWE initially planned to have a show on August 8th in Gainesville, FL featuring John Cena. However, the plan has been scrapped unexpectedly.
Another planned event in State Farm Arena in Atlanta has also been nixed by the company. "WWE also canceled one show Cena would have appeared on, on 8/8 in Gainesville, FL, which had 2,233 tickets out. The other cancellation, which was strange, was the 9/17 Smackdown tapings from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
After a two-day pre-sale, they had about 1,700 tickets out, which would be very little since that includes the comps," stated Dave Meltzer.