4-Time WWE Champ Mocks John Cena for Match 834 Days Ago

Hayes channels WWE history in recent NXT showdown.

by Atia Mukhtar
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4-Time WWE Champ Mocks John Cena for Match 834 Days Ago
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In the world of professional wrestling, few names carry as much weight as John Cena. As one of the WWE's premier superstars, Cena's legacy and the achievements under his belt speak volumes, notably his remarkable 16 World Championship wins.

For avid WWE followers, the memory of Cena's dramatic entrance into the main roster back in June 2002 remains indelible. Pitted against the veteran Kurt Angle, the then-newcomer Cena, sporting his "Prototype" persona, caught fans off guard by boldly asserting "Ruthless Aggression" and throwing a confident punch at Angle, an Olympic gold medalist.

Echoing Cena's Legacy

Nearly two decades later, this iconic moment was echoed by Carmelo Hayes, a rapidly rising WWE talent. When Hayes, a four-time champion in his own right, accepted Adam Cole's open challenge during the June 22, 2021, episode of NXT, he parroted Cena's legendary "Ruthless Aggression" line before making a statement with a punch.

Remarkably, it's been 834 days since this homage to Cena's debut. Hayes' trajectory in the WWE is drawing parallels to Cena's storied career. A dominant four-time champion, fans and pundits are already forecasting a meteoric rise for Hayes, with many believing he's destined for world champion greatness.

The wrestling community is buzzing about WWE's latest headline news. In a masterstroke aimed at boosting viewership, WWE has announced that Cena will back Hayes, standing by his side during Hayes' upcoming bout against Bron Breakker on October 10, 2023.

But that's not the end of the star-studded surprises. Paul Heyman is set to stand with Breakker, under the directives of Roman Reigns. This high-stakes matchup is already being billed as a must-see, particularly with legends of the sport in each corner.

Additionally, WWE fans can anticipate Cody Rhodes' appearance, and a face-off between Asuka and Roxanne Perez. Speculations are rife about Rhodes, aka "The American Nightmare," and what he might unveil. All these intriguing developments come as WWE's NXT is set to clash with AEW Dynamite's Title Tuesday.

With Edge prepping for his AEW in-ring debut, WWE is pulling out all stops to ensure NXT remains a formidable contender in the viewership battle.

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