When Roman Reigns collided with John Cena in a dream match at No Mercy in September, not many fans could believe it.
A match of that magnitude should have surely been saved for a WrestleMania, but reports suggested that John Cena's Hollywood schedule meant they couldn't guarantee that would happen.
Either way, the 32-year-old Reigns defeated the 40-year-old Cena to establish himself as the top guy in the WWE, just a few months after beating and seemingly retiring The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33.
One thing that plenty of fans noticed during the brief rivalry was the back-and-forth promos that seemed to blend theatre with reality.
There's little doubt that Cena completely owned Reigns during those battles, but even The Big Dog's harshest critics would have to admit he did far better than anyone would have thought against one of the greatest talkers in WWE history.
Following their feud, Reigns admitted that Cena brought out the best in him and improved him vastly on the mic.
“It was nice to be able to change gears and get better at something. I think I’ve definitely gotten better on the stick working with John. I have to give him credit for that. Like he said in one of his opening promos, you either step up or you step aside.”
However, Reigns and the Leader of the Cenation are far from friends and they have a healthy, competitive rivalry.
“I’ll be completely honest: Me and John have always been cordial, but I would not say we are close friends by any means. There is a business respect, but I think that’s what makes this so special that we’re truly competing against each other and I think people see that.
"But it’s not like a situation where I’m taking anything he says to heart because I don’t really care what he thinks about me. If you care for someone and they knife you, it’s going to hurt. It will hurt your feelings and can depress you. But when you don’t really care about somebody or their opinion, it doesn’t affect you. And that’s how it is with me and John.”
Reigns is set to return to the WWE ahead of Survivor Series on November 19 with the reunited Shield set to face the New Day while Cena will take his place on Team SmackDown Live for the traditional Survivor Series five-on-five match.
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