As noted, the 16-time WWE World Champion made his return to WWE “Raw” this evening to celebrate 20 years since he first debuted in the company.
Two decades later, Cena has made a stamp on World Wrestling Entertainment that is undeniable to every fan that has kept up with his journey.
Leading up to his appearance, fellow legends like ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Triple H, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Bryan Danielson, & several others appeared in video messages to celebrate Cena’s career.
He also appeared in a variety of backstage segments alongside current stars like The Street Profits and someone he has been going back-and-forth with online: Theory.
he two had a tense confrontation where the United States Champion told Cena to keep his mouth shut while he listed reasons why he is such a special, once-in-a-lifetime talent.
Vince McMahon, himself, made a special appearance on WWE TV to welcome Cena down to the ring for his Anniversary celebration.
Part of the Raw roster lined the sides of the entrance ramp as he made his entrance and said his signature, “Let’s go to work” before running down to the ring.
On the mic, Cena says that today marks his WWE birthday. You can feel the potent energy and hear the noise where they’re at, so there is no better place to have his birthday.
He jokes a bit about his jorts and then transitions to a speech about how tonight has nothing to do with anything that he has ever done.
For him, the 20th Anniversary shows that the people have cared about him enough for two decades so he could be himself and stay relevant
There were times when the fans hated him, and there were times that the fans loved him, but regardless, he wants to take the time to thank the WWE Universe.
The crowd erupts in a “Thank you, Cena!” chant as John beams proudly.