In the world of professional wrestling, surprises and last-minute changes are as common as body slams and suplexes. John Cena’s recent return to WWE on Friday Night SmackDown was no exception, as the wrestling world witnessed an unexpected twist in his comeback story, one that deviated from the original plans crafted by none other than Triple H, WWE’s Chief Content Officer.
Cena’s comeback was eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide, and he made his presence felt not only as a guest referee at a Premium Live Event but also as the host of this year’s Payback. However, what transpired during his first segment on SmackDown diverged from the blueprint initially laid out by Triple H.
The catalyst for Cena’s return to WWE was the ongoing SAG-AFTRA writer’s strike, which provided the multi-talented superstar with some free time. With the WWE Universe eager to hear from him, Cena kicked off SmackDown by expressing his gratitude for their unwavering support. Little did he know that his heartfelt message would be interrupted by none other than Jimmy Uso.
Jimmy Uso confronted Cena, questioning the motives behind his return, sparking a verbal exchange that quickly escalated into a brawl. Cena’s retort, “the wrong Uso quit,” didn’t sit well with Jimmy, leading to a showdown that culminated in Cena delivering his signature Attitude Adjustment to the tag team specialist.
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While the segment added an intriguing twist to Cena’s return, it wasn’t the scenario Triple H had originally envisioned. According to reports, the initial plan was for Cena to interrupt Jimmy Uso’s segment, but last-minute script changes led to Jimmy interrupting Cena instead. Such adjustments in the WWE script are not uncommon, and they often result in unexpected and exciting moments for fans.
In another surprising revelation, it was reported that Cena was unaware of his role as the host of Payback until shortly before it was publicly announced. Despite this last-minute change, Cena embraced his role and even served as a backstage interviewer for a segment involving the new Undisputed Tag Team Champions, Damian Priest and Finn Balor.
Cena’s return is far from a one-off appearance. He is set to become a regular fixture on SmackDown in the coming weeks, with rumors of his potential involvement in the Fastlane Premium Live Event on October 7th. While his clash with Jimmy Uso hinted at a possible feud, Cena’s encounter with LA Knight at Payback also sparked speculation of an upcoming rivalry.
The ever-evolving world of WWE is known for its unpredictability, and Cena’s return promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Whether he faces off against an old foe, a rising star like LA Knight, or even Grayson Waller, whose storyline began at Money in the Bank 2023, remains to be seen. One thing is certain: with Triple H’s plans in motion, Cena’s WWE comeback is poised to make headlines and set the stage for thrilling encounters in the squared circle.