The streak… is lively. Due to a midnight hour effort on the December thirtieth, 2022 version of WWE SmackDown, John Cena stored his two-decade interval of wrestling not less than one match per yr alive. Cena spent 14 years as a full-time member of the WWE roster, accumulating tons of of matches per yr since bursting onto the scene in 2002. When Hollywood got here knocking in 2017, Cena slowly transitioned right into a part-time position however nonetheless managed to get contained in the squared circle a number of occasions per yr. Issues considerably slowed down in 2019, as Cena solely wrestled twice on tv. 2020 was the most important anomaly but, as his lone bout got here at WWE WrestleMania 37‘s cinematic-style Firefly Funhouse match in opposition to Bray Wyatt.
Summer season 2021 noticed Cena return to WWE for a full seasonal tour, as he wrestled over a dozen matches on WWE stay occasions earlier than headlining WWE SummerSlam in opposition to Roman Reigns. After being defeated by the Tribal Chief, Cena returned to Hollywood, solely coming again to WWE TV for the odd talking section. That modified on the ultimate WWE TV installment of 2022, as Cena teamed with Kevin Owens to defeat Reigns and Sami Zayn in tag motion.
That tag bout represented Cena’s first match since September 2021, and WWE made positive to not throw the 16-time world champion into the deep finish. Based on the Wrestling Observer, Cena’s latest return to the ring was “very rigorously executed” as he was “clearly being protected” all through the match.
Past WWE wanting to maintain Cena wanting robust forward of WrestleMania season, this report is probably going additionally referencing the additional effort to keep up Cena’s security. Contemplating he has a number of films and tv exhibits in lively improvement, Cena is able the place he can’t afford to get damage contained in the ring because it might end in productions occurring pause.
The consequence of lively actors working skilled wrestling matches was spotlit in 2013, as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson suffered a torn quad at WWE WrestleMania 29. This led to Rock needing a triple hernia emergency surgical procedure, which brought on concern that one among his upcoming films would want to delay filming. That movie in query, Hercules, ended up capturing as scheduled.
Cena is predicted to be again within the ring for WWE WrestleMania 39 in April. His opponent has but to be locked in, however studies have everybody from Logan Paul to “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin standing reverse Massive Match John.