John Cena has a very busy schedule outside of WWE. This is obviously an issue when it comes to booking him for a match. He couldn’t even make WrestleMania because Cena was in Canada filming the Peacemaker spin-off for HBO Max. He is likely coming back, but it’s not going to be the same.
Gerald Brisco spoke to Wrestling Inc about many things. One subject they breached had to do with why WWE is losing so much in terms of viewership. This is a big issue and even John Cena’s appearances aren’t the same when he shows up.
There is also a lack of star power in WWE and John Cena’s absence is noticeable. Obviously, Cena being on a show will boost ratings; and Brisco also admitted that Cena would have been a huge star back in the day. Now whenever John Cena does show up, things are different as well.
“Nowadays you know you’re going to be entertained when you see John Cena, but you don’t get that same feeling as [older fans] did when [they] knew they were going to see some ass kicking. Well John Cena, he’s going to make me laugh and we’re going to have a great time. And I love John Cena, I think John Cena is a great performer and I think John Cena would’ve gotten over back in my day bigger than hell too, because he’s an athlete and he can go. But it’s not that same emotion, it’s not that same, what we call, ‘heat.’ There’s a different type of heat. We had heat and they’ve got interest now.”
Rumors are that John Cena is preparing for a WWE return where he will face Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. That has not been made official, but Cena will be finished filming the Peacemaker HBO Max series by early July.
Odds are that John Cena will return to WWE, but the big question is how many viewers he can draw in with his star power. A lot has changed since the 16x World Champion was last on the show every week.
What’s your take on John Cena returning to WWE? Is it the same? What changed, and why? Sound off in the comments!