Roman Reigns and John Cena could possibly be heading on a collision course for SummerSlam.
WWE are going to replenish the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on August 21 and it’s been reported that they’re going to deal with this occasion like a WrestleMania because it’s their first full capability stadium present because the Coronavirus pandemic started.
Reigns is dominating because the Common champion proper now and is the largest star in your complete enterprise. Cena has been in Hollywood for the previous few years however has brazenly said his need to return to WWE, too.
Stories recommend the 2 will meet at SummerSlam they usually’ve solely met as soon as earlier than. That was again at No Mercy in 2017, only a few brief months after Reigns had defeated The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
That is lengthy earlier than the arrival of the Tribal Chief in 2020. Reigns was nonetheless being pushed into the highest function he now fills and WWE believed victories over Undertaker and Cena would get him there.
Nevertheless, 16-time world champion Cena was in no temper to only open the door for Reigns and lie down. He gave the previous Defend man a real lesson on the microphone throughout their contract signing on RAW.
With then-RAW basic supervisor Kurt Angle presiding over proceedings, Cena’s opening salvo set the tone for the wrath Reigns was about to incur.
“Roman Reigns has been the blue-chip prospect that has been protected towards anybody and everybody that steps in his path,” Cena mentioned. “After which there’s me. And we’ve been by means of an entire heck of loads collectively and you understand me, I do know you, and you understand I bought zero F’s to present and I’m the one dude there ain’t no safety from.
“And that’s the reason I wish to struggle Roman Reigns as a result of I do know that Roman Reigns don’t wish to struggle me.”
Reigns’ rebuttal talked about how Cena isn’t as a lot of an enormous deal as he thinks he’s. He referenced ‘retiring’ The Undertaker at WrestleMania – as we thought was the case again then – as a a lot larger achievement.
“You’re the Large Canine,” Cena responded. “Everyone again there is aware of it, everyone out right here? Nonetheless kinda attempting to determine it out. You see Roman, I’m what you’ll name a polarising determine.
“Each week there are folks that cheer as a result of they stand for what I consider in. After which there are folks that boo as a result of they don’t. And each single week you may audibly hear these folks so desperately wanting me to alter the content material of my character, possibly somewhat heel flip.
“However with you it’s completely different. I don’t know if anybody has ever informed you this – they commute with you as a result of once they take a look at you, they see what I see: An affordable-ass, corporately created John Cena bootleg.
“This chump proper right here, he ain’t the man,” Cena continued. “Dude, you’re only a man. A man attempting so desperately to fill sneakers that you simply by no means will. Pay attention rigorously younger man… I’m not the Undertaker. I’m not a battered veteran on the finish of his profession with a foul hip.
“I’m the quickest, strongest, and hungriest that I’ve ever been in my total life. And the rationale you gained’t signal that’s as a result of you understand should you do your Roman Empire… (You possibly can’t see me taunt)”
Woah. Cena cooked Reigns in that alternate. Followers had gone forwards and backwards on Reigns for the longest time and Cena discovered a really intelligent strategy to specific precisely why that’s with out giving up the proverbial recreation.
He made it match, but in addition made it very clear to anybody who is aware of something about wrestling what was occurring – WWE had been attempting to make Reigns for years and it wasn’t working like they’d hoped.
Reigns set about explaining to Cena why the followers booed him after so a few years of Hustle, Loyalty and Respect when he forgot his traces. Cena determined to be merciless to be form.
“It’s known as a promo child and if you wish to be ‘The Large Canine’ then you definately’re gonna need to discover ways to do it so go forward. See ya fourth wall.”
Ultimately, Reigns did get out what he wished to say. He defined that for one, Cena sucked and two, Cena was now every thing he as soon as mentioned he hated about part-timers. He now swans again in if the paycheck is sufficiently big and tries to suppress ‘younger expertise’ that may surpass him – however he can’t do this with Roman.
That’s when Cena actually turned it on.
“You executed? You executed? You see as a result of Roman Reigns is a idiot. Roman Reigns is a rattling idiot. There’s an outdated saying that its higher to maintain your mouth shut and have folks suppose you’re silly than to open it and show them proper.
“You of all folks, you waltz down right here and use the identical pathetic excuse that each different single particular person earlier than you has executed. You, with all of your presents and all of your alternative, you’ve got the gall accountable me. That’s superb, that’s superb massive canine. Congratulations, it took you 5 years to chop a midway first rate promo however now I’m about to shrink you all the way down to dimension.
“So everyone again there thinks I’ve this mystical, golden shovel. That I bought these magical powers that I can management every thing and maintain everyone’s destiny. Dude, I can’t inform should you’re blind or silly.
“Look and pay attention: they (the followers) maintain the keys. They at all times have, they at all times will. However you bought accountable me. That’s superb I’ve been listening to that racket for ten years and I ain’t drained but. I’m robust sufficient, I’ve been known as loads worse by loads more durable.
“However you truly consider that I’m a shark. That I maintain everyone down. That I swim to the highest and maintain them underwater at any and all prices. I’mma stage with you homie, I haven’t essential evented WrestleMania in 5 years. I used to be the opening match at SummerSlam.
“I used to be honored and privileged to earn the United States Title at this stage of my profession and use it as a beacon of alternative to introduce new superstars to the WWE like Kevin Owens and AJ Types simply to call a number of. You took the US Title as a demotion.
“And also you stand there and blame me. High quality. I blame you. I’m nonetheless right here as a result of you may’t do your job. Relating to this yard, you most likely haven’t realized it but. There’s just one rule: Step up or step apart. And over time there’s been a number of to step up however no one to ever sustain.
“After which I lastly hear about this one man. The man. The Roman Reigns. The one that may sustain. And now I take a look at you, hearken to you. You have to be ashamed I’m a part-timer as a result of I can do that part-time higher than you may ever do it full time.”
The ‘I’m nonetheless right here as a result of you may’t do your job’ line was so slicing on so many ranges. As soon as once more, for these followers privy, Cena is there to assist get Reigns over as a result of that’s what WWE wants and it hadn’t labored to date. All the pieces Cena mentioned was true and because the outdated saying goes, the reality hurts.
The entire promo battle was a lesson for Reigns. It was an train with the most effective to ever do it on the microphone. A person many consider bested The Rock in the identical method throughout their feud.
After all, Reigns went on to win the match. He was at all times going to. However he grew as a performer from that rivalry and now we might revisit it with Reigns in a very completely different stratosphere.