Christmas came early for WWE fans as John Cena made a special appearance on SmackDown to deliver some shocking news. As announced earlier in the evening in consultation with Adam Pearce, Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn will team up to face Kevin Owens and a mystery partner on the final televised show of 2022.
In the final moments of the December 16 edition of SmackDown, “Cenaclaus” addressed The Bloodline via a video package. He announced that KO had contacted him to face Reigns and Zayn. A delighted and excited John Cena gladly accepted his offer, and the stage was set.
The 16-time World Champion was already confirmed to appear on the last SmackDown of the year, but now his motive seems to be clear. Cena would partner with Owens to win the Tribal Chief and Honorary Us. This would be The Champ’s first wrestling match of the year, continuing his two decade long streak.
By all means, announcing the blockbuster tag team match was a wise booking decision to move the needle into 2023. The sensation is upbeat and the excitement is sky high. As of this article, we do not know if John Cena’s appearance is a one-off or not.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t make a big statement on his long-awaited homecoming. Roman Reigns is unstoppable today. The tribal chief hasn’t been pinned down in over three years, and his bloodline makes him an even more deadly force to be reckoned with.
However, you can never count out the 16-time world champion, a man who conquered the odds and faced all odds in his illustrious Hall of Fame career. There is nothing that He has not accomplished. However, he did not pin Head of the Table.
The Sensation will be hoping that their hero can pin the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion for the three count, and we wouldn’t bet against Cena.
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John Cena and Ric Flair are tied 16-16 for the World Championship. Peacemaker last won the WWE Championship at the 2017 Royal Rumble when he defeated AJ Styles in an all-time classic. Since then, he has become a huge star in Hollywood and his wrestling career has come to an end. On the other hand, at age 72, Ric Flair’s chances of winning the top prize are slim.
If the winner does the unthinkable and reigns, it immediately catapults him into the race for the undisputed world championship that rests on the broad shoulders of the tribal chief. Royal Rumble 2023 is more than a month away, and WWE hasn’t officially announced an opponent for the head of the table.
The feud between KO and The Bloodline continues and reports suggest that The Prizefighters will challenge for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at the Alamodome. However, what if Triple H and his creative timing took a turn and made Cena the challenger?
Like Owens, Cena has already tried and failed to dethrone Reigns. Plus, let us not forget that he is only one major win away from rewriting history and breaking The Nature Boy’s long-standing record. With all due respect to Knockout, he doesn’t have the same aura or star power as John Cena.
If he is available for the Rumble, there is no reason not to book Reigns vs. Cena III. This will boost ticket sales and open up countless possibilities. A 17th World Championship win would be remarkable, and the Alamodome would be a fitting setting to witness Cena’s historic win.
Considering a more likely alternative, if the tribal chief defeats the army leader, he receives nuclear heat. Future world championship shot or not, fans are excited to see John Cena back in the ring, and only time will tell what’s in store.