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John Cena Returns To The WWE In Epic Appearance On Monday Night Raw

John Cena shocked WWE fans everywhere this weekend with an unexpected appearance during Sunday’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view event. The 16-time WWE Champion then made an appearance on Monday Night Raw, during the show’s first event with live fans since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic back in March 2020. 

“Finally, we can come back and cheer together, and boo together. And make some noise and connect with the people that love this.” 

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Cena has recently been taking on a lot of acting endeavors; he’s currently working on the ninth installment of the Fast And Furious series, and will be in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. Cena never officially quit the WWE, and instead announced that he would take on the title of part-time wrestler to pursue other opportunities.

Cena explained that he was back for one reason, and one reason only, and that’s to take the WWE Universal Championship. Roman Reigns is the current WWE Universal Champion, but will now have to defend the title in five weeks at Summer Slam. 

The two will take on the main event slot for the pay-per-view event next month in Las Vegas. Cena got the crowd hyped up for the match with some good old-fashioned trash talking on Monday. 

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“Roman Reigns is an arrogant, self-absorbed, over-hyped, over-protected, overexposed gimmick. And that, that is coming from me.”

Cena hasn’t wrestled in a high profile match since Wrestlemania 34 when he lost to the Undertaker. During his Raw appearance he assured fans that this would not be a “one and done” match, and he would be sticking around for a little while now. 

“I’m telling you right now, I’m going to be at Smackdown on Friday. And I can’t wait to see you all there.”

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WrestleMania 36 Will Still Go On Despite Coronavirus Concerns

The coronavirus pandemic is causing all major large gatherings in the United States, and the world, to come to a halt until further notice. However, WWE has decided to take a more creative approach when it came time to discuss what to do about Wrestlemania 36. The SuperBowl of wrestling is scheduled for Sunday, April 5th and according to executives, the show will go on.

Originally, the event was going to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, but now it will be relocated to the Performance Center in Orlando. Currently WWE’s weekly televised installments, RAW, Smackdown, and NXT, are all taking place at the center as well, and being recorded in front of an empty arena of seats. For Wrestlemania 36, for the first time in history, the event will also be recorded in front of a crowd-less arena.

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“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania,” a WWE statement read.

WWE went on in their statement to assure fans who were planning on watching from home anyway that the show would be televised as scheduled, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will also be live-streaming on the WWE Network in addition to being available for pay-per-view purchase. There’s still no official word about if the traditional pre-show that WWE hold’s before all of its PPV events will still take place. 

The same exact match card will also be taking place at Wrestlemania this year, meaning the only major change to the event is the fact that there will be no audience, and potentially no pre-show. Here are the most blockbuster matches that fans can still expect to see in April:

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Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre – WWE Championship: After Drew McIntyre delivered one of the biggest WWE upsets by winning the Royal Rumble this year, he decided to take on one of the biggest and most ruthless WWE Champions the network has ever seen; Brock Lesner. McIntyre was able to defeat Lesner in the Rumble, but fans are excited to see how the two powerhouses will do when up against one another exclusively. 

Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns – Universal Championship: When Goldberg initially one the Universal Championship at the Super Showdown, he asked the crowd a simple question, “who’s next?” to which Reigns came out from backstage claiming “I am.” It didn’t take long for the two to shake hands and agree to their Wrestlemania match.

John Cena vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt: When John Cena made his Smackdown return, he made it clear that he wasn’t ready to make his Wrestlemania return since he hadn’t earned it. However, before he could even finish The Fiend appeared and pointed at the Wrestlemania sign, Cena then tipped his cap and the match was official. 

Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler – RAW Women’s Championship: After a brutal assault on RAW from Baszler. Lynch was determined to seek her revenge, and luckily she had something Baszler wanted, the championship. At Elimination Chamber a month ago the two made it official. 

Wrestlemania 36 is likely to still be the most watched WWE event of the year, while an audience-free crowd may make the overall experience a truly unique one, the matches alone will make up for it. For a list of the rest of the matches on the card for Wrestlemania, and for some fan-predictions, click here.