Four Storylines WWE Must Book if John Cena Makes His In-Ring Return

Published 05/10/2021, 8:15 AM EDT
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)


WWE Icon and former ‘face of the company’, John Cena, has teased his return to the squared circle. With this shockingly pleasant news coming out of nowhere, fans are wondering whether Cena is coming back to face someone specific.

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Cena first teased the return with a cryptic post. Fans know Cena has a strange Instagram account where he (seemingly) randomly posts cryptic and funny things, letting the fans interpret.

The first post was of the WWE logo, and the second post came one day ahead of RAW that said, “Keep calm, It’s almost time.” While he could be teasing a new show of his, the WWE logo made the fans speculate on his much-awaited WWE return. Check the two posts below –

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As the fans go into a frenzy over his return, let us take a look at Cena’s potential opponents.

#1 Bray Wyatt vs John Cena

Cena’s last televised match in WWE was with The Fiend at WrestleMania 36 last year. In the cinematic ‘Firefly Funhouse’ match, Wyatt exploited Cena’s past throughout the match.

Towards the end, The Fiend appeared and subdued Cena with the Mandible claw.

Interestingly, the 16-time World Champion disappeared following the defeat. As the ‘leader of Cenation‘ comes back, The Fiend could also return following his year-long rivalry with Randy Orton.

Needless to say, it would be a good rematch for both Cena and Wyatt and would give them a concrete programme that doesn’t involve a title.

#2 Karrion Kross vs John Cena

WWE NXT Champion Karrion Kross has openly expressed his desire to face Cena and wants him to come back full-time. Citing the Cenator’s generation as an inspiration, Kross revealed it would be “an honor” for him to face Cena.

 

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Cena also acknowledged Kross on his Instagram by posting the NXT Champion’s picture. If Cena faces Kross, it would be a fresh start and would provide considerable publicity to the black and gold brand.

#3 Finn Balor vs. John Cena

Another great opponent would be the former NXT Champion and Universal Champion, Finn Balor. He recently lost his NXT Title to Kross and has been absent from NXT Programming.

If he chooses to face Cena, it would be a great return for both Cena and Balor. The latter had a brief 3-year stint in the main roster from 2016 to 2019.

Balor was the inaugural Universal champion and won the Intercontinental championship twice.

#4 Edge vs. John Cena

Following his loss at WrestleMania 37, Edge has been under the radar for a while. However, he is still with WWE.

As the ‘Rated-R superstar’ is not exclusive to any brand, he could show up to challenge Cena.

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Cena and Edge had a legendary rivalry at the peak of their careers. Edge won his first WWE title as he cashed his Money in the Bank contracr on John Cena. At this stage in their careers, a rivalry for reclamation of legacy almost writes itself.

However, Cena would certainly not return as a full-timer as he is currently focusing on his Hollywood career. In fact, he would probably come back to promote his upcoming movie ‘Suicide Squad.’

Hence, even if he chooses a person to feud with, it would be short-lived.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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