As announced on SmackDown, John Cena will return to WWE on the show’s final episode of the year. Cena will finally get his wish, as Cena will make a one-off appearance in 2022 to celebrate 20 years of his illustrious career.
However, this news came out of the blue. So, some fans are wondering why the sixteen-time world champion is returning, and we have a few reasons why.
#4 John Cena to announce his entry in the 2023 Men’s Royal Rumble match John Cena is a two-time Royal Rumble winner
John Cena is a two-time Royal Rumble winner
The next premium live event is the 2023 Royal Rumble at the Alamodome. To sell out stadiums, they’ll need a massive draw to attract casual fans to the blockbuster shows.
One way to do this is to announce John Cena’s entry in the Men’s Rumble match. Cena may not compete on the show, but WWE could use this tactic to sell tickets. There is a precedent, as in 2019 when Cena announced he would pull out of the match with a scripted injury.
If Cena can be seen, it will be good for everyone involved. This will give the champion a prime opportunity to win the melee for the third time and take him closer to his 17th World Championship.
#3 Leaders of the Nation make one-off appearances to boost ratings
As strange and disappointing as it may sound, John Cena’s appearance on the December 30 edition of SmackDown may have been a business strategy to boost ratings and generate interest in the new year.
The franchise player has amassed a huge fan following in Hollywood, and some of them may follow his wrestling career. Given that he has already announced his return to WWE, he will bring in a lot of eyeballs. Thus, as the year draws to a close, that will drive interest and move the needle.
#2 John Cena openly challenges
2022 has been a strange year for WWE in more ways than one. Vince McMahon is no longer in power, and prodigal son Cody Rhodes has returned to the same company he left six years ago. Also, for the first time in two decades, John Cena did not wrestle.
It remains to be seen whether the champion will be physically involved, but if so, Cena’s participation in the wrestling match becomes a viable option. It doesn’t have to be a one-on-one showdown; He can participate in six-man tag matches, teaming with tandems such as The New Day or The Brawling Brutes.
#1 John Cena announces he will compete at WrestleMania Hollywood
John Cena is expected to compete at WrestleMania 39 in Hollywood next year…
Who would you consider to be the right opponent for him on the said massive stage?
Although the road to WrestleMania 39 is yet to begin, WWE may opt to make The Show of Shows happen before 2022 ends. They did it back in 2011 when Cena vs. The Rock was announced a year earlier. Therefore, building up to the frenzy is a viable option right now.
The 16-time world champion could easily address fans through his career and how he doesn’t have much gas left in the tank. As it looks like he is announcing his retirement, Cena may announce that he wants another big match at WrestleMania.
He could challenge anyone in the locker room for the biggest event of the year. Someone like Edge or Logan Paul could step forward to accept his challenge.