John Cena made a highly anticipated return to WWE RAW on March 6th, receiving an emotional reception from his fans in Boston. He was soon confronted by United States Champion Austin Theory, who challenged him to a match at WrestleMania 39.
Initially turning down the offer, Cena called Theory a mere John Cena wannabe and claimed he wasn’t capable of competing against him. However, he eventually accepted the challenge on behalf of his fans. Before leaving the ring, Cena introduced Cody Rhodes and shared a heartwarming moment with him.
In a recent interview with AP News, Cena explained that he doesn’t choose his opponents but instead focuses on giving his best performance. He believes in making the performance the best it can be and telling stories rather than curating the direction of the narrative.
“You would be surprised at my answer. Because that’s what I was told would happen. I don’t do that. I don’t say, ‘I want to do this. I want to work with that person.’ I don’t ever do that. I’ve never done that. I just try and do what I’m told to do and do it to the best of my abilities. Instead of dictating my terms, I often just try to make the performance the best it can be. What I don’t do and what I’ve never done is curate the direction of the narrative. I don’t pick opponents, but I love to tell stories. I didn’t pick Austin Theory but I certainly spoke from the heart [on RAW].”
Having competed in at least one match every year since his debut, Cena’s appearance at WrestleMania will be a significant moment for Austin Theory’s career and is expected to be one of the most entertaining bouts of the year.