Update: John Cena has confirmed this report and that he will be wrestling as part of the WWE Superstar Spectacle next month in India.
John Cena surprised WWE fans last month when he made an unannounced appearance at The O2 Arena in London for Money In The Bank. The multi-time WWE Champion teased the UK fans with the possibility of WrestleMania coming to the city before Grayson Waller hit the ring to interrupt. The two went back and forth on the microphones, debating the merits of WWE’s biggest show of the year coming to London or Waller’s home country of Australia before things devolved into violence. In the end, Cena stood tall, dropping the young star with his signature AA finisher.
It looks like fans will not have to wait long to see the Doctor of Thuganomics back on WWE TV, as Fox Sports reports that he will return to the promotion on the September 1 episode of Smackdown. Furthermore, Cena will apparently be traveling with the WWE crew as they head to India for the WWE Superstar Spectacle on September 8, their first event in the country since 2017, which will be held at the GMC Balayogi Indoor Stadium. It was not specified whether Cena would be wrestling as part of the card or appearing in any capacity as part of the broadcast.
Earlier this year, Cena took on Austin Theory for the WWE United States Championship in the opening match of WrestleMania 39. Cena was unsuccessful in picking up the victory but did bruise Theory’s ego in the weeks leading into the match as he dismissed the Champion as boring and in need of crowd noise being piped into his matches. Theory lost the WWE United States Championship to Rey Mysterio on a recent episode of Smackdown but earned a rematch for the title this past Friday night on Smackdown.
WWE will present its next premium live event, Payback, on September 2 from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. The only advertised match so far for the card is Becky Lynch versus Trish Stratus in a steel cage match. It is possible that Theory will get his WWE United States Championship against Mysterio that night as well.