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4 takeaways from John Cena's return on the Christmas edition of Raw

James Ojuoke
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6.73K   //    27 Dec 2017, 11:19 IST

John Cena is a free agent appearing for both the Raw and SmackDown
John Cena is a free agent appearing for both the Raw and SmackDown

John Cena made his return to Raw last night on the show's Christmas edition. Cena's return was expected as the WWE had made the announcement that the 16-time Champion would come back on the 25th December episode of Raw. Speculations were rife on what Cena's role would be as most people expected him to challenge Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental title.

Prior to this past Monday night, Cena was last seen inside a WWE ring at the Survivor Series where he was part of Team SmackDown after Shane McMahon named him the final member of the team for men's 5-on-5 elimination match against Team Raw's men. Cena eliminated Samoa Joe after performing an "Attitude Adjustment" on him but was eliminated by Kurt Angle after a "Coup de Gráce" from Fin Balor and an "Angle Slam" from Kurt Angle.

Since then Cena has been busy promoting his movie "Ferdinand" which grossed an estimated $13,325,000 in its opening weekend. Cena's return to the ring has never been in doubt, it was only a matter of when.

Cena's return was quite a memorable one. Here are the four takeaways from his return to Raw last night;


#4 Cena defeated Elias in a match.

Elias was signed to a developmental deal by WWE in 2014.
Elias was signed to a developmental deal by WWE in 2014.

Cena made his big return to Raw on Christmas night. Speculations were that he may be the next challenger to Roman Reigns' Intercontinental Championship. However, we got a very different contest when Cena got challenged by an unexpected superstar, Elias Samson. Elias interrupted Cena when the latter was bonding with the Chicago crowd while wishing them a Merry Christmas. Elias interrupted and let Cena know what the letters WWE truly mean, saying that the letters are initials for "Walk With Elias" then proceeded to join Cena in the ring.

An attempt to help Elias sing to the Chicago crowd did not go well for Cena as Elias attacked him out of nowhere before calling a referee to officiate a match between the two. Cena, however, picked the win after performing a "5 knuckle shuffle" followed by an "Attitude Adjustment".

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James Ojuoke
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Professional writer, Wrestling Analyst, and fan from Nairobi, Kenya.
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