WWE is going back on the road and that might mean that John Cena is going to make a return again. The 16x World Champion hasn’t been seen since WrestleMania 36, but that could change soon enough.

Cena was busy filming the Peacemaker spin-off for HBO Max in Canada during WrestleMania season. He could not make it to WrestleMania due to Canada’s strict COVID-19 protocol. He admitted it was impossible for him to make the show.

According to Dave Meltzer, Cena’s name is being heavily discussed for a return. The current idea is for him to be on the July 16th SmackDown when fans come back. This was first reported by Brad Shepard.

Regarding talk of John Cena being on the first WWE show back with fans on 7/16, I was told that this is still being discussed.


The July 16th SmackDown is the go-home episode before Money In The Bank. It was not noted if there is any plan for Cena to get involved in the pay-per-view. This could just be a one-off appearance.

Brad Shepard also reported that it was looking very likely that WWE is bringing Cena back around SummerSlam, maybe even Money In The Bank. We will have to see if this is a one-off appearance or something longer.

According to a source in #WWE, John Cena is fully expected for #SummerSlam. It’s believed he’ll likely be involved weeks prior to SS, maybe even as soon as MITB. Saturday (21st) is currently being considered for SummerSlam. I don’t know why, or the odds it’ll happen. #SmackDown

John Cena very well might welcome fans back to WWE events. That would be a fitting way to kick off this new chapter in WWE history. John Cena stayed busy during the pandemic with one project after another. He might return home to say hello on July 16th, but it’s not likely that he will be back full-time.

Are you excited about John Cena making a return to WWE television? Sound off in the comments!

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