Warning! The following contains spoilers for the result of WWE's SummerSlam 2021. Read at your own risk!
John Cena didn't have what it takes to defeat Roman Reigns at SummerSlam 2021, which meant the world was robbed of his historic 17th title victory. Of course, Cena would likely get another shot to win that title in the future if he's up for it, but will Cena take another opportunity? The superstar posted a recent message on social media about his future in the WWE, though I'm not sure what to make of it.
The Suicide Squad star John Cena posted on Twitter early Monday morning and did make one thing clear about his WWE future. It appears Cena won't be grinding for his record-breaking championship immediately, though the end of the statement has us wondering just how long he'll be gone from pro wrestling:
I hate to nitpick a tweet, but I need to know the context of John Cena's "C U soon." Cena could be merely saying that he'll be back in the limelight with a new television or movie project in the near future, which would certainly make sense given his The Suicide Squad spinoff series, Peacemaker, is dropping on HBO Max early next year.
John Cena also requested more tour dates during his Summer of Cena run, however, and seemed to really enjoy his return to wrestling. That, combined with the WWE likely wanting to give him his record-breaking 17th title run, makes it feel like it's a matter of if, not when, we can see him return. And one would assume that at age 44, he'd need to make that run sooner than later.
As far as how soon, we can only speculate. I will say that after the SummerSlam 2021 broadcast ended, something very interesting happened with Brock Lesnar the ring. Lesnar, who surprised Roman Reigns minutes after his defeat of Cena, later grabbed the injured Cena and absolutely brutalized him with a suplex and an F5. Check out the video below, and see how it could lay the groundwork for Cena's eventual return to the WWE:
Brock Lesnar's destruction of John Cena was reminiscent of the two's massively entertaining feud between 2014 and 2015. Their showdowns at SummerSlam 2014, Night of Champions 2014, and Royal Rumble 2015 are among some of the best matches they ever had, so I would assume Lesnar would be eyed as the person to ultimately set Cena up for that 17th title (which would break Ric Flair's record). Could this small moment be a possible setup for Cena's eventual return to call out Lesnar at WrestleMania? Probably not, considering it wasn't even shown on the broadcast, but who knows?
All we know right now is that John Cena is out of the WWE for the time being, but Monday Night Raw still airs on USA Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Prepare for all the fallout set to happen on the show by reading up on the key questions we had following SummerSlam, and get ready for what could be an exciting next few weeks.
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