John Cena Beats Triple H at Greatest Royal Rumble

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2018

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In their first singles match since 2010, John Cena defeated Triple H in a headline bout at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday. 

Cena kicked out of Triple H's signature pedigree, and it took three Attitude Adjustments to finally put down the Cerebral Assassin.

WWE tweeted shared a video of Cena and Triple H going back and forth in the opening match of the show:


You can't see... @TripleH? #TheGame goes one-on-one with @JohnCena for the first time in 8 YEARS at #WWEGRR! https://t.co/h7EgToyQce

It also tweeted a photo of Cena celebrating his victory:


Another AA means 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣ as @JohnCena picks up the victory over @TripleH to kick off @WWE Greatest Royal Rumble! #WWEGRR https://t.co/WXJ1EAys3P

Both Cena and Triple H entered the match coming off losses in major matches at WrestleMania 34.

The leader of the Cenation took on The Undertaker on The Grandest Stage of Them All after calling him out for several weeks.

It wasn't until WrestleMania that The Deadman finally appeared, and he showed that he still has plenty left in the tank by beating Cena in less than three minutes.

The Game teamed with his wife, Stephanie McMahon, against WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle and former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in what was Rousey's WWE in-ring debut.

Triple H took a beating at the hands of both Angle and Rousey before Rousey ultimately forced Stephanie to tap with an armbar.

While Cena and Triple H are both part-time Superstars at this juncture of their respective careers, Friday's match was significant in terms of trying to rebuild momentum on the heels of WrestleMania disappointment.

There was also plenty of hype surrounding the match because Cena and Triple H have a long and storied history as opponents.

Although they haven't interacted much in recent years, they have faced each other countless times over the years, and many of their bouts were for world championships.

That wasn't the case Friday, but the contest was still meaningful because the Saudi Arabia crowd appeared to have great respect for both competitors.

It is entirely possible that Friday marked the final time Cena and Triple H will ever meet in a singles match since Cena just turned 41 and The King of Kings is 48.

While it is unclear what Cena's WWE schedule will look like in the coming months because of his movie commitments, he is closer to being a full-time in-ring competitor than Triple H, which is why it made sense for him to come out on top.

The Game is at a point in his career where he is most effective at putting others over, and he did precisely that in what was an entertaining bout at the Greatest Royal Rumble.


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