John Cena has been teasing a match with Austin Theory for the United States Championship for months. Tonight, the Cenation leader finally accepted the WrestleMania 39 bout.

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John Cena made his triumphant return to WWE RAW in Boston tonight. The multi-time former WWE Champion entered the TD Garden to a huge pop from the fans in attendance.

Austin Theory was out before Cena could even cut his promo. The United States Champion walked to the ring to confront the man he once considered his biggest inspiration.


The arena erupted with “Cena” chants as soon as Theory entered the ring. The champion said he became a WWE superstar because of him, noting that Cena’s “Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect” mantra inspired him in childhood.

Theory then laid out a challenge to Cena for the United States Championship “on the grandest stage of them all.” The 16-time world champion said he wasn’t interested in Theory’s “gift” because “you haven’t earned the right to give it.”

Cena called Theory a “generic kid in sunglasses,” noting that the champion was in his “phase of ruthless aggression.” The WWE icon said the crowd in Boston “don’t believe in you.”

“You’re a pair of trunks away from being a jabroni.”

Cena told Theory he had the best name out of The Rock, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Undertaker, but the only problem is that “you’re only good in theory.” Theory responded by making fun of Cena’ bald spot.

Theory dragged Cena for backing out of the challenge and for not sticking up to his mantra. Cena said Theory shouldn’t have brought the fans into the drama and asked them for judgment.

“At WrestleMania for the United States Championship, it’s gonna be Austin Theory versus John Cena!”

Cena got out of the ring and roasted Theory once again. He then welcomed Cody Rhodes to join him on the stage. The two exchanged some words and hugged. Check out the full highlights below.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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