He had been advertised for weeks, and last night, he finally arrived. John Cena returned to Monday Night Raw this week after being out for five months with a shoulder injury.
This was the first time the leader of the Cenation had appeared on WWE programming since January, where it was originally thought he would be out for nine months instead of five. This was also the first time Cena had appeared in the so-called new era.
Upon returning to the ring, Cena - wearing sequined shorts given to him by Ellen DeGeneres - addressed the fans on Memorial Day to remember the fallen heroes, as well as saying although it may now be a new era, the future still has to go through him.
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Enter AJ Styles to stand opposite the 15-time World Champion in the ring to create an image which the WWE Universe never thought they would see. Then, a very loud 'AJ Styles-Let's Go Cena' chant erupted from the crowd.
Styles offered a welcome back and a handshake to a returning Cena, to which he accepted. It looked as though The Phenomenal One was going to be on Cena's side. Or so it would seem.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson appeared to challenge Styles and Cena to a brawl. However, as Cena took his shirt off and threw it into the crowd, Styles blindsided him and joined The Club in beating him down, completing his heel turn in the process.
What happened this week on Raw between Cena and Styles points towards the two having a feud with one another at Money in the Bank on June 19. It could also indicate which brand Styles and The Club will be drafted to when the WWE Draft arrives.
One of the biggest rumors regarding the draft is that Roman Reigns will go to Raw, while Cena will be sent to SmackDown. If we follow this speculation along with the rivalry we saw this week, Styles and The Club will be on the same brand as Cena.
This is a feud that could on for months - unless Cena is facing Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam - and it will help make Money in the Bank a must-watch pay-per-view. It will also be interesting to see if Cena chooses to fight alone against The Club, or recruit some help like Reigns did.
Cena vs Styles is a feud WWE fans have been dying to see for a very long time. It's difficult to pick a winner to go over in this rivalry overall but due to Styles' current situation having only won at one pay-per-view since joining the company, he needs to win at least once if this clash stretches out over a couple of months.
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