John Cena to Return to WWE for SmackDown, India’s Superstar Spectacle in September

John Cena to Return to WWE for SmackDown, India’s Superstar Spectacle in September
Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayTwitter LogoFeatured Columnist IVAugust 21, 2023

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 15: John Cena visits SiriusXM Studios on May 15, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images)

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John Cena’s last WWE return came as a surprise.

The next one is being announced well ahead of time.

WWE announced the 16-time world champion will return to SmackDown on Sept. 1 and appear at the WWE Superstar Spectacle in Indiana on Sept. 8.

WWE @WWE

BREAKING: As first reported by @FOXSports, @JohnCena is set to make a return to WWE next month! pic.twitter.com/UwBk4k9G9z

John Cena @JohnCena

Cannot wait to reunite with the @WWE family live on #Smackdown! Especially excited to meet the #WWE Universe in India and wrestle for the FIRST TIME EVER in 🇮🇳!
The time is NOW…. C U all VERY soon!!! @WWE @WWEIndia https://t.co/ZtvpIBlgAm

Cena, 46, last appeared on WWE programming at Money in the Bank, where he had a confrontation with Grayson Waller.

It’s unclear if that rivalry will carry over to Cena’s next appearances with the company, though it would make some level of sense since WWE is setting up a Cena return match for the Superstar Spectacle. Following the announcement, Waller taunted the future WWE Hall of Famer:

Grayson Waller @GraysonWWE

Make sure you wipe your feet before you visit my house https://t.co/g6M5fztcEK pic.twitter.com/Z1bYZwWUyY

Cena has not wrestled since losing to Austin Theory in a United States championship match at WrestleMania 39.

With Hollywood projects at a standstill amid strikes by the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, Cena seemingly has time to make as many WWE appearances as he wants. It’s unlikely we’ll see him back for a full run, but if the strikes continue to last into the fall, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him dabble in more frequent appearances in the squared circle.


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