In an electrifying Crown Jewel 2023 event that has left fans and pundits alike reeling, The Bloodline emerged as the night’s unequivocal victors. Roman Reigns maintained his grip on the Universal Heavyweight Championship after dispatching LA Knight, while Solo Sikoa’s emphatic victory over John Cena marked a new chapter for the rising star.
Behind the scenes, Paul Heyman didn’t hesitate to deliver a biting critique when prodded by an interviewer on the night’s proceedings. The renowned advocate and spokesperson for The Bloodline, Heyman expressed his dissatisfaction with what he perceived as the interviewer's lack of recognition for Reigns’ and Sikoa's dominance.
Heyman, renowned for his sharp tongue, chided the journalist for diverting attention to LA Knight's efforts rather than the supreme showcase by Reigns and Sikoa, hinting at a possible end to Cena’s storied career following the crushing defeat.
Sikoa Surpasses Lesnar
“Solo Sikoa unleashed havoc on John Cena in a manner unseen before, outstripping even Brock Lesnar’s ruthless onslaughts," Heyman stated in the post-match interview. He ominously suggested that fans may never witness Cena in the ring again, emphasizing the triumphs of The Bloodline and casting Roman Reigns as the greatest of all time.
This came as a jolt to the wrestling community, considering Cena's dwindling single-match victories since his last win in 2018.
Solo Sikoa, taking on Cena in his first singles match on a premium live event (PLE), didn't just win; he signaled his arrival in a massive way.
After the match, Cena, never one to shy away from dramatic flair, posted a suggestive image on Instagram—a nod to David Beckham’s retirement—that whipped the internet into a frenzy with retirement speculations.
While Cena is known for his enigmatic social media presence, often engaging fans with cryptic posts, the question remains if this is a true hint at his retirement or merely Cena stirring the pot. As Cena's intentions remain ambiguous, the WWE community awaits with bated breath for his next career move.
Will the ring see more of Cena’s hustle, loyalty, and respect, or is this the twilight of an era for the revered superstar? For Heyman and The Bloodline, the message is clear: their era of supremacy is far from over.
With Roman Reigns slated to headline the Royal Rumble next year post-Crown Jewel, the path is set for The Tribal Chief's continued reign. For Cena, only time will tell if the Crown Jewel match was his final bow or if it’s the start of another epic saga in his illustrious wrestling tenure.