John Cena's Return; Riddle Addresses Goldberg Rumors?; Kofi Talks New Day Heel Turn

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 19, 2021

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo, actor John Cena attends the Road to "Fast & Furious 9" Concert at Maurice A. Ferre Park in Miami Beach, Fla. Cena apologized Tuesday, May 25, 2021 to fans in China after he called Taiwan a country in a promotional interview for his upcoming film and became the latest celebrity to face the fury of Chinese nationalists. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
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John Cena Addresses Crowd After MITB Return

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“I certainly wanted to come out here to let all you know that I’M BACK.”<br><br>After WWE <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MITB?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MITB</a> went off the air, <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnCena?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohnCena</a> shared a message with the sold-out crowd at <a href="https://twitter.com/DickiesArena?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DickiesArena</a> in Fort Worth! <a href="https://t.co/m36ni2DGcQ">pic.twitter.com/m36ni2DGcQ</a>

It turns out the rumors were true. John Cena is back in WWE.

Cena, who had not been on WWE television since WrestleMania 36, came out at the end of Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view to interrupt Roman Reigns after his victory over Edge. While there were no words said on the broadcast—only a foreshadowing of their inevitable SummerSlam showdown—Cena spoke to the crowd after the event went off air and said he's here to stay.

"I just wanted to come out here and let Roman Reigns know that I was back, and I certainly wanted to come out here and let you all know I'm back," Cena said. "I promise you, this is not a one-night-only, but what's special to me is this is the first night."

Cena is already making good on his word, as he's scheduled to make an appearance Monday on Raw. 

While it's unclear how often Cena plans to be around, it's safe to say he'll be a regular on at least SmackDown through SummerSlam and possibly longer if he unseats Reigns as Universal champion.

If the pop Cena got Sunday night is any indication, fans hope he'll be sticking around for a long, long time.

Riddle Talks Potential Goldberg Return

Cena isn't the only legend apparently set for Monday's episode of Raw. Rumors have been swirling about a potential Goldberg appearance over the last week—likely to set up a SummerSlam match against Bobby Lashley—and Riddle appeared to confirm it Sunday on The Bump.

"I heard there's somebody special coming back on Monday Night Raw this week. I'm not going to mention names and start problems. I heard a rumor. I don't know if it's true…but if it's true, I'm pretty excited," Riddle said.

Of course, Riddle and Goldberg have a longstanding issue dating back to Riddle's criticism of Goldberg's in-ring capability. The rivalry between the two boiled over in a backstage meeting at SummerSlam in 2019, and Riddle has made it clear several times that people in the locker room felt he was disrespectful.

It's unlikely WWE will use Goldberg and Riddle onscreen together, but the palpable tension between the two would be great television.

New Day Want to be Heels; Management Blocking It

Ask nearly any wrestler and they'll tell you: Being a heel is far more fun than being a babyface—even for the most successful babyfaces.

The New Day remains one of the most over fixtures on the WWE roster seven years into their run, but Kofi Kingston admitted the trio often dream of returning to their heel roots.

"To be honest, we fantasize about it all the time. I tell people that I had the most fun in my career when I was yelling at children, and threatening to ground children, and threatening children," Kingston told Metro's Alistair McGeorge.

Kingston said New Day has considered going to management and asking for a heel turn, but they know it's a nonstarter. The stable is among WWE's best merch movers and is one of the few babyface groups/stars that crowds still pop for years into the gimmick.

"A little bit of both. It’s not a realistic pitch, because usually if you go to pitch something, what you’re doing usually shouldn’t be working. Ours is working a little bit too well," Kingston said.

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