Roman Reigns and John Cena are heading on a collision course for SummerSlam.
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Reigns is dominating because the Common champion proper now and is the most important star in all the enterprise. Cena returned at Cash within the Financial institution to confront the Tribal Chief and set-up their showdown.
Regardless of the star energy, they’ve solely met as soon as earlier than. That was again at No Mercy in 2017, only a few quick 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 position he now fills and WWE believed victories over Undertaker and Cena would get him there.
Nonetheless, 16-time world champion Cena was in no temper to simply open the door for Reigns and lie down. He gave the previous Protect 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 stated. “After which there’s me. And we’ve been via a complete heck of quite a bit collectively and me, I do know you, and 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 battle Roman Reigns as a result of I do know that Roman Reigns don’t wish to battle 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 those that cheer as a result of they stand for what I imagine in. After which there are those that boo as a result of they don’t. And each single week you possibly can audibly hear these individuals so desperately wanting me to alter the content material of my character, perhaps just a little heel flip.
“However with you it’s completely different. I don’t know if anybody has ever informed you this – they shuttle 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 footwear that you just by no means will. Hear rigorously younger man… I’m not the Undertaker. I’m not a battered veteran on the finish of his profession with a nasty hip.
“I’m the quickest, strongest, and hungriest that I’ve ever been in my complete life. And the explanation you received’t signal that’s as a result of if you happen to do your Roman Empire… (You’ll be able to’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 solution to categorical precisely why that’s with out giving up the proverbial recreation.
He made it match, but additionally made it very clear to anybody who is aware of something about wrestling what was happening – 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 strains. Cena determined to be merciless to be variety.
“It’s referred to as a promo child and if you wish to be ‘The Large Canine’ you then’re gonna must learn to do it so go forward. See ya fourth wall.”
Finally, Reigns did get out what he needed to say. He defined that for one, Cena sucked and two, Cena was now every little thing he as soon as stated he hated about part-timers. He now swans again in if the paycheck is sufficiently big and tries to suppress ‘younger expertise’ which may surpass him – however he can’t try this with Roman.
That’s when Cena actually turned it on.
“You performed? You performed? 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 individuals assume you’re silly than to open it and show them proper.
“You of all individuals, you waltz down right here and use the identical pathetic excuse that each different single particular person earlier than you has performed. You, with all of your items and all of your alternative, you could have the gall accountable me. That’s superb, that’s superb huge canine. Congratulations, it took you 5 years to chop a midway respectable promo however now I’m about to shrink you all the way down to measurement.
“So everyone again there thinks I’ve this mystical, golden shovel. That I bought these magical powers that I can management every little thing and hold everyone’s destiny. Dude, I can’t inform if you happen to’re blind or silly.
“Look and pay attention: they (the followers) maintain the keys. They all the time have, they all the time 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 referred to as quite a bit worse by quite a bit harder.
“However you really imagine that I’m a shark. That I maintain everyone down. That I swim to the highest and hold them underwater at any and all prices. I’mma stage with you homie, I haven’t fundamental 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 Kinds simply to call just a few. You took the US Title as a demotion.
“And also you stand there and blame me. Nice. I blame you. I’m nonetheless right here as a result of you possibly can’t do your job. In relation to this yard, you in all probability haven’t realized it but. There’s just one rule: Step up or step apart. And over time there’s been just a few to step up however no person 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 possibly can ever do it full time.”
The ‘I’m nonetheless right here as a result of you possibly can’t do your job’ line was so chopping 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 so far. Every thing Cena stated 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 probably the greatest to ever do it on the microphone. A person many imagine bested The Rock in the identical manner throughout their feud.
After all, Reigns went on to win the match. He was all the time going to. However he grew as a performer from that rivalry and now we could revisit it with Reigns in a completely completely different stratosphere.