John Cena reportedly returning to Smackdown

John Cena
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John Cena may be aging, but if he has any say that will never stop him from appearing in front of the WWE Universe. Transitioning to Hollywood, he has returned to the WWE just a couple of times in the calendar year for the last two years. This year, he returned to celebrate his 20 years as a WWE superstar but has been inactive since then. Well, that’s all about to change as he is being reported to return to Smackdown by the end of the year.

According to Variety, the official date that Cena will return is Dec 30. Which happens to be the final SmackDown Live of the 2022 calendar year. He returned to Monday Night Raw to celebrate his 20 years with the company in June. The last time John Cena wrestled was in 2021, during the “Summer of Cena’ which resulted in him losing to Roman Reigns at SummerSlam.

John Cena in Hollywood

Cena has had a busy few years in his acting career, most notably starring in the title role of the DC series “Peacemaker” at HBO Max in 2022. The series saw him reprise the role he played in James Gunn’s “Suicide Squad” film. The show was well-received upon its release with a second season on the way. This year also saw the release of the political film “The Independent” on Peacock and the comedy feature “The Bubble” on Netflix, with Cena having starred in both films. Next up, he will be seen in films like “Fast X” and “Coyote vs. Acme.”

WWE has since confirmed the report in a tweet:

John Cena has been one of, if not the most successful actor to transition from the WWE to Hollywood. The only other two actors in the running for that title would be Dave Bautista and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. However, It is still unclear what the return of Cena will include, though another successful return would include a well-planned out storyline. Triple H, with who Cena has had rivalries in the past has put together some great stories since taking over WWE Creative.

Cena announced that he would return to in-ring action when he celebrated his WWE Birthday, though unsure of when that would be.

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