John Cena has not been a part of WWE programming since his loss to AJ Styles at SummerSlam. Cena lost clean to Styles in a match that could very well be the match of the year. The match had a big fight feel at the Barclays Center as “The Phenomenal One” went 2-0 over Cena. That match was instrumental in both Styles and Cena’s career for contrasting reasons.
AJ is riding on the momentum from that win and finally became WWE World Champion at Backlash. But the situation with Cena was different. He hasn’t appeared on SmackDown Live since the loss and has been particular involved in house shows. An important moment after their clash at SummerSlam saw Cena taking off his arm band and leaving it in the ring. Styles has since, paraded around with the same arm band as a memento of his victory.
Cena recently participated at a Q&A at the Salt Lake City Comic Con. Among the many questions shot his way, one was regarding the significance of the abandoned arm band in the middle of the ring at SummerSlam.
There, he was asked about the reason for leaving his “Never Give Up” arm band in the ring. Cena acknowledged the question to be a very important one and replied:
“That actually has a lot of significance and was a very important piece of symbolism. Unfortunately, right now it's just for me and you're going to have to wait to find out what it actually means.”
This reply has made it almost certain that there is a storyline waiting to be picked up upon his return. Whether he goes for AJ Styles and chases the highly regarded 16th world championship is a different question.
Cena is scheduled to start shooting for the second season of American Grit. However, he did make appearances in live events at Manila and Shanghai this past week.
Cena also answered a few candid questions such as which was his favorite match, his favorite John Cena meme, and even his most coveted superpower. He also shared his opinion on the WWE SmakDown Tag Team Tournament. He said:
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity. That one tournament kind of encompasses what we’re doing in the WWE right now which we’re naming the New era, And I think it’s a fantastic thing. You see a lot of new tag teams and a lot of veteran tag teams. Rhyno and Heath Slater, the Headbangers came back last week after a 16 year hiatus.
But it gives opportunity to a lot of new teams and that’s what the New Era is about – opportunity for individuals to go out and show that they can be superstars.”