John Cena's WrestleMania 39 Match Announced During 'WWE Raw'
John Cena has officially hopped on the road to WrestleMania. After months of speculation, Cena made his planned return to the showcase of the Immortals official on Monday night's WWE Raw episode. Cena was making a special appearance since the show was being filmed at TD Garden in Boston, just around 30 minutes away from Cena's hometown of West Newbury, Massachusetts. Upon arriving to the ring, the 16-time world champion was interrupted by Austin Theory, the current WWE United States Champion.
Live during the USA Network broadcast, Theory issued a challenge for Cena — a 5-time U.S. Champion himself — to a match at WrestleMania 39, which will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on April 1 and 2. Cena initially refused (and mocked the young WWE Superstar in the process), but, after more prodding from Theory and encouragement from the crowd, Cena accepted the bout.
Cena vs. Theory joins a WrestleMania card that already includes Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes (for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship), Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley (for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship, Bianca Belair vs. Asuka (for the WWE Raw Women's Championship), and Brock Lesnar vs. Omos. It's unclear which night the United States title bout will take place.
There were loads of reactions on Twitter to Cena accepting the challenge. Fans praised the grilling he gave the villain Theory, and it's clear to see who they're rooting for come WrestleMania 39.
Holy shit, John Cena just executed Austin Theory. 🥶
"I'd rather be bald than have them pipe in fake crowd noises for my matches because nobody cares." – John Cena
Vintage Cena. This confrontation didn’t disappoint.
Cena vs. Theory is official for WrestleMania 39! 🍿 pic.twitter.com/Sl9WUwuKlj— 𝑪𝒆𝒏𝒂 𝑴𝒂𝒏𝒊𝒂 🐐 (@TheCenaMark) March 7, 2023
'Burned Theory Alive'
Damn, and I thought Cena’s shoot on Roman back in 2017 was vicious! He just burned Theory alive #WWERaw— Connor Casey (@ConnorCaseyCB) March 7, 2023
Austin Theory got cooked
Austin Theory after getting cooked by John Cena pic.twitter.com/zy5xc6DfPz— B/R Wrestling (@BRWrestling) March 7, 2023
'Showing Him Who's Boss'
Glad that Cena is gonna show him how to be a champion— mayarosekareem (@mayarosekareem) March 7, 2023
Theory needs all the luck at WrestleMania
Thank you John Cena for roasting him and showing him who's boss and what a champion should act like and be cheering you at WrestleMania @johncena pic.twitter.com/mmcZNmmTHV
'A TOWN DOWN!!'
John Cena just OWNED Austin Theory!
Which is why it will be all the more satisfying WHEN Austin defeats the 16 time World Champion! A TOWN DOWN!! #WrestleMania— Christian Maracle (@MaracleMan) March 7, 2023
John Cena travelled back to 2005 on Austin theory’s ass 😭 #WWERaw pic.twitter.com/xsjv5RFNtS— 👑𝔸𝕕𝕒𝕞 𝔾𝕠𝕝𝕕𝕓𝕖𝕣𝕘👑 (@AdamGoldberg28) March 7, 2023
John Cena just annihilated Austin Theory on the mic.
Holy shit. #WWERaw pic.twitter.com/abpGUZ4qxl— Pro Wrestling Finesse (@ProWFinesse) March 7, 2023