Roman Reigns defeated John Cena at WWE No Mercy on Sunday night to shock scores of wrestling fans.

Roman Reigns vs. John Cena WWE No Mercy news

Reigns delivered a Superman Punch that knocked Cena off balance, then earned the pinfall victory thanks to a giant Spear.

Cena, 40, respected his opponent following the loss, however:

Cena returned to Raw several weeks ago given his free-agent status, and he revealed he intended to call out a Superstar on the Raw roster.

Before he had a chance to do this, however, Reigns entered the ring and began exchanging verbal jabs with Cena.

Cena and Reigns then unexpectedly teamed up after The Miz and Samoa Joe interrupted them

Following his loss to Reigns, Cena explained that he felt as though a weight had been lifted off his shoulders:

Cena has long been considered one of the top wrestlers in WWE, although after a series of appearances in major Hollywood films, Vince McMahon and the rest of the organization seem poised to help Reigns take over that role.

Reigns has competed in the main event at three WrestleManias, and last defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33, thus apparently forcing The Undertaker into retirement.

Brock Lesnar also defeated Braun Strowman at No Mercy.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt stare each other down at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

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