WWE superstar John Cena returns to the ring in tonight’s WWE SmackDown Live, and the signs are that Cena is ushering in a new age on the WWE network. As any wrestling fan knows, Cena’s movie and television commitments have limited his appearances on SmackDown over the past couple of years. Cena returned to the ring at the 2017 Royal Rumble, where a fantastic match with AJ Styles saw him equal Ric Flair’s record of 16 championship titles.
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When John Cena returned to the WWE network after a lengthy hiatus, he came right back to the top of the card. Cena’s first match back, after a break to make movies, was against AJ Styles at the 2017 Royal Rumble. That match saw Cena equal Ric Flair’s record of 16 world championship titles. Cena’s hold on the title did not last for long, he lost it to Bray Wyatt at the Elimination Chamber just two-weeks later.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, some in the WWE universe believed that Cena was only given such a high-profile match because of his connections to the McMahon family through Nikki Bella. SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan is Bella’s step-father. To be fair, Cena and Bella didn’t exactly receive top-billing at WrestleMania 33. One would have expected the 16-time world champion to be involved in a high-profile bout. The fans certainly wanted to see Cena face The Undertaker.
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The Miz and Maryse will grapple with John Cena and Nikki Bella at WrestleMania 33. Wrestling’s “Show of Shows” is just days away, and, as usual, the WWE network will roll out its top stars. When WrestleMania 33 rolls into Orlando, Florida, this weekend, the WWE’s top talent will be there to thrill fight fans. Legends like Goldberg, The Undertaker and Triple H all have a part to play. There is nothing unusual in that, but WrestleMania 33 feels different. The WrestleMania 33 card is packed with matches between legendary WWE superstars and rising talent.
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Fans of the WWE network will know that the annual Royal Rumble takes place at San Antonio’s Alamodome this coming Sunday, January 29. The 60,000-seat arena plays host to what is the most open Royal Rumble for many years. The official WWE website has listed a total of 18 entrants for the 2017 Royal Rumble, and the lineup includes some huge names. The Undertaker, Bill Goldberg, and Brock Lesnar are just a few of the huge names already declared for this year’s Royal Rumble, but the supporting cast is the strongest for many years.