Last week on Friday Night SmackDown, it was revealed that John Cena would team up with Kevin Owens to face Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn on the December 30 episode of the blue brand. There was already confirmation that Cena would appear on the year-closing broadcast of the long-running show, but the fact that he will wrestle has gotten fans incredibly excited.
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Also, given he will play a part in the ongoing Bloodline-Owens-Zayn storyline, one that has become incredibly over and turned Zayn into the best part of WWE TV, fans can’t wait to see him return to action. However, that is not the only reason to be excited about John Cena return.
It will be the 16-time world champion’s first match in 2022, with fans last seeing him in action on WWE television at SummerSlam 2021 where unsuccessfully challenged Roman Reigns for his Universal Championship. This means the December 30 episode of SmackDown will ensure Cena has competed for WWE every year since making his main roster debut in 2002, which is quite an incredible feat.
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As Styles himself admitted, he wasn’t so sure about wrestling Cena due to critics’, fans’, and his own preconceived notions about the 16-time World Champion’s in-ring performances. However, the current Hollywood star won over his contemporaries in the course of their fantastic feud.
In an interview with the Halftime Show, Styles revealed that Cena “surprised” him with his in-ring acumen since he was “not known for being a technical mastermind in the ring.”
“[Cena is] just good—there’s no way to say it. He knows what he’s doing. Again, it’s just one of those things where you thought, ‘I’m the superior wrestler in the ring.’ But once you get in there with John Cena, you realize, ‘Well, okay, I didn’t know that. Let’s keep going.’ He’s pretty good (h/t WrestlingInc’s Phil Hall).”
Cena was still the undoubted top dog in WWE when Styles debuted in the 2016 Royal Rumble, and there is no doubt that their legendary trilogy of bouts helped legitimize the latter in the eyes of management and fans. In fact, it can be argued that they remain Styles’ best matches in his WWE career.