“It’s Been Too Long”- John Cena Is Excited Over Returning to Live Shows in WWE

Published 06/15/2021, 10:59 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 21: John Cena speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images)


John Cena has not been seen in the ring since his loss to Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 35 in 2019. Fans had all but given up on hope over his return anytime soon given his packed filming schedule, but recent reports over his involvement at SummerSlam seem to have stirred the WWE Universe again. 

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The 16-time World Champion recently sat down with Chris Van Vliet and discussed his potential return. He confirmed that it was not a matter of ‘if’ he was returning to WWE, but ‘when’.

“I can tell you this. I very much look forward to wearing shorts again. It’s been too long,” he said. 

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Van Vliet then asked him what kind of feeling it would be to have his music hit once more, this time in front of a live audience. WWE has decided to return to live shows from July 15, and if Cena returns, there will be a loud reception waiting for him. 

“So I’m going to modify the question because I think the question is selfish. I’m excited for the WWE performers. I know how hard it’s been. And I don’t think I could have, amazingly enough, I don’t think I would have done very well in this atmosphere without an audience,” Cena admitted. 

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – APRIL 1: John Cena looks on before his match against Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson during WrestleMania XXVIII at Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

John Cena lauded Roman Reigns for his progress without fans

‘The Cenator’ went on to praise Roman Reigns for finding the light inside the tunnel. He acknowledged the fact that the WWE Universal Champion used the absence of fans to his advantage and built the character to staggering levels.

Moreover, he is thankful that WWE Superstars can finally be greeted by live, cheering fans again. 

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“I think I really would have had a tough time with no audiences. And so I, as a performer, and what I enjoy out of the performance, I’m happy for the WWE to have crowds again,” he said. “I really look forward to getting back in front of those crowds. But I’m just happy for everybody that their music can hit and they can feel that genuine excitement that makes all of our hearts beat.”

There are several reports tying John Cena back to WWE in a dream main event mashup against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam. If he truly does come back, we can expect the very best of Cena, possibly even a heel turn. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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