John Cena is right on the cusp of releasing some of his biggest movies to date, with F9 set to bring movie-going back in a big way, so it's almost weird to talk about the day he'll return to the WWE. Despite that, rumors have swirled that Vince McMahon & Co. have been pushing hard for Cena to make a return sooner rather than later, with some reports stating he'll face off against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam 2021. After a few interviews where he danced around the question, Cena has finally broken his silence on whether or not he'll return to the WWE.
Those rumors are true. I'll definitely be back to the WWE. I just don't know when.
Cue the music! John Cena's return to the WWE isn't a matter of "if," but "when," and he explained that the films that he's already committed to have injury clauses built into his contracts which prevent him from doing things like "facing potential injuries while being thrown around a wrestling ring" while filming movies or the upcoming HBO super-series Peacemaker. Given that, the timetable for his eventual WWE return could be tricky, and it definitely makes me wonder if an appearance at SummerSlam 2021 is even an option, beyond just getting on the mic for a few minutes.
WWE fans have been speculating about John Cena return for quite a while now, and such conversations exploded after the actor posted the WWE logo on his often cryptic and hilarious Instagram account. Cena did address the post, though he noted it really had nothing to do with any specific discussions he was in with the WWE.
Yeah, so I posted that back in May. I was feeling rather nostalgic about the WWE and I just wanted to post the logo, and some people took it as I was returning immediately, which that’s not the case. But I haven’t had my last match, and I can’t wait to have my next match.
SummerSlam 2021 certainly feels like a marquee event that John Cena's presence would send over the top, especially since he hasn't wrestled since WrestleMania 36. As mentioned though, the nature of his contracts and potential acting jobs could make that appearance a no-go. Luckily there are plenty of other big pay-per-views where he could appear later in the year after Peacemaker is finished filming, so it's not like his return has to happen at SummerSlam, as nice as that would be. In any case, WWE fans should be encouraged by the fact that Cena has publicly acknowledged a return, and said it could happen.
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