After disappearing from WWE television in the Firefly Fun House match at WrestleMania 36, John Cena returned at WWE Money in the Bank.
Cena received one of the biggest pops in modern history when his music hit as he charged down to the ring to confront Roman Reigns.
Speaking to Rich Eisen on the Rich Eisen Show, Cena discussed hearing a reaction that he wasn't quite used to during his time in WWE.
"I'm not used to that," Cena said of the cheers. "Usually, in the arena, half the people, or more, are telling me that I suck and half the people are saying 'Let's go Cena.' I was kinda expecting that. I've been curtailing off a number of my performances in WWE for the last few years because I've been filming projects, but I didn't expect the shift to be that much. I think it's because I was a genuine surprise. I showed up the next night on Raw and they were still very excited. A bunch of chants started. They were chanting 'welcome back' and 'let's go Cena' and 'Cena sucks,' but they knew I was going to be there. The thing I hold closest about that Money in the Bank appearance is that, in this day and age, trying to orchestrate some sort of genuine surprise is rare. It was a genuine moment and everyone was excited. That led to me being excited."
When asked when he knew he would be appearing at Money in the Bank, Cena replied, "That's level specific-classified information. I will state that it wasn't planned day of."
Cena was also asked about a match at SummerSlam, to which he replied that is currently up to Roman Reigns, who denied his challenge last Friday on WWE SmackDown.
Instead, Reigns accepted the challenge of Finn Balor.
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