John Cena Returns To WWE Raw To Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary
While the WWE is marred with investigations regarding CEO Vince McMahon and dealing with the fallout of Sasha Banks and Naomi, there was a positive light shed on Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment as John Cena returned to Monday Night Raw to commemorate his 20th anniversary.
Cena, who debuted with WWE on June 27, 2002, was in the ring for a star-studded event that featured a number of big wrestling names. Names such as Rey and Dominik Mysterio, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Riddle and The Miz all partook in the festivities, competing in a Last Chance Battle Royal. After it all, McMahon introduced Cena to the ring to celebrate the star’s dominance during his 20-year run.
In a speech filled with emotion, Cena thanked the fans saying, “Today is my WWE birthday. Tonight has nothing to do with anything I had ever done. Tonight has everything to do with you. This 20th anniversary is so very important to me because it means you have allowed me to do this for two decades. You have been brave enough to tell me when I suck and you have also been kind enough to tell me when I don’t. I need to say thank you for making me who I am.”
Overwhelmed with ALL the messages thru this month. Being at #WWERaw last night gave me an opportunity to show you how much YOU mean to me. Thank you @WWE for every chance you’ve taken on me, so I will continue to always give my best for my home, for my family, for US.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) June 28, 2022
This was one of the few times we’ve seen Cena in the ring, the last time being in 2021 when he competed at the WWE SuperSlam Premium Event but has since been busy in Hollywood, appearing in the newest Fast & Furious and Suicide Squad movies, as well as his newest show Peacemaker. Cena however is rumored to be competing at WWE Summer Slam 2022.
Retirement does seem on the horizon for Cena, however. Although he has taken a break from the silver screen to entertain the WWE masses, he said that he doesn’t know when he will step into the ring again. In his speech, he admitted that he does not know when fans will see him wrestle again due to his age, but he promised that he does have one more match left in him.
Cena left the stage with a bang, firing up the fans by saying, “We never give up, we’re just getting started, and if you want some, come get some.”