The WWE Universe are gearing up for the highly-anticipated return of John Cena, who returns to the company on Memorial Day after not competing in the ring for over five months.
Cena’s last match came back in December 2015, defeating Alberto Del Rio by disqualification before undergoing shoulder surgery. He made a surprising return at WrestleMania, helping The Rock wipe out The Wyatt Family before leaving again after it was revealed he wasn’t cleared to compete.
WHAT NEXT FOR CENA?
However, he confirmed on his official Twitter account that he’ll be back in action at the end of May and fans will be wondering what the WWE has planned for the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
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So much has changed since he was last embroiled in a feud, we’ve seen the arrival of AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. Baron Corbin and Sami Zayn have also moved up to the main roster and are impressing the fans; however, Cena should only target one star.
The current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns.
It’s no secret that the WWE are looking at Reigns as their next face of the company or at least somebody who can carry the organisation like Cena has over the past decade and usher the company into a new era.
It seems like we’re heading in a new direction anyway, stars we never thought would be in the WWE are involved in high-profile feuds involving the biggest championships as the WWE are now more welcoming than ever when it comes to utilising independent talent.
However, if we’re to move into a new era, then we need to see the ultimate ‘passing of the torch’ moment between Cena and the man who is in line to replace him – the reactions suggest he’s well on his way to being in a similar position.
However, Cena won’t be ready to give up the top spot in the company just yet because whether fans want to believe it or not, the WWE needs him as he consistently puts on great performances and knows what the fans want to see.
If anything, Reigns needs Cena a lot to establish himself as the number one man in the company. He can learn so much from him, how to handle the heat and negative reactions from the fans and how to go out and give his all on a weekly basis.
EXPERIENCE FOR REIGNS, OPPORTUNITY FOR CENA
That’s the sort of experience Reigns needs, working with a guaranteed Hall of Famer that has achieved a lot and is still going at 39-years-old. At the same time, a feud with Reigns will help keep Cena in the main event scene, which is where he belongs despite what fans may believe.
The WWE, however, won’t make much progress if they want Reigns to be the second version of Cena. The latter can help mould Reigns into a character of his own and the champion himself indicated earlier this year when he spoke to Crave Online, telling them he has no intention of being another Cena; he said:
“At the end of the day, all I can be is me. I’m not John Cena, in my 30 years, I’ve never been John Cena. I don’t even think about becoming him. I just want to be Roman Reigns; I want to do things my way.”
Not only that, but he also called out Cena on the Today Show after defeating Triple H for the title at WrestleMania 32, so perhaps something may come of this relatively soon.
Cena will also be targeting a record-equalling or even a record-breaking World Championship tally, to do that he has to get past Reigns so it looks likely that the two will clash at some point. The first encounter may also be the start of a lengthy feud, which should culminate at a WrestleMania event at some time in the future.
Reigns will get the invaluable experience he needs, and Cena will get another deserved shot at being the champion; perhaps this time fans will cut him some slack.
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