John Cena will have the honor of inducting Kurt Angle – his very first opponent in WWE – into the WWE Hall of Fame during the 2017 Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 31, airing live on WWE Network.
Cena was a long way from becoming a 16-time World Champion on June 27, 2002 when he accepted the Olympic Gold Medalist’s open challenge, believing he had the “ruthless aggression” to defeat Angle before striking him. Though he did not earn the victory, Cena established himself as a force to be reckoned with in WWE.
Angle and Cena would remain rivals throughout the latter’s rise to Superstardom, even battling over the WWE Championship in 2005. Now, Cena will present Angle to the WWE Universe for the first time in more than a decade – and officially as a WWE Hall of Famer.
What will Cena have to say when he inducts one of his greatest rivals into sports-entertainment history? Find out during the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live on the award-winning WWE Network!
This Tuesday at 8/7 C on SmackDown LIVE, John Cena is scheduled to be a guest on “Miz TV.” Although there is already a long-standing history between the two Superstars, this appearance in particular has the potential to turn extremely volatile. In addition to the animosity that has already built up from when the two battled as part of the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match several weeks ago, this past week on the blue brand, Cena eliminated The Miz from the 10-Man WWE Title No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal. The A-Lister then snuck back in the ring and returned the favor by eliminating The Leader of the Cenation.
Even their significant others have gotten into the controversy as, on the same night, Miz’s wife Maryse attacked Nikki Bella with pipe during the Fearless Superstar’s Falls Count Anywhere Match against Natalya.
As Cena prepares to step into “The Most Must-See Talk Show in WWE History,” it would be easy for him to take the situation lightly. After all, SmackDown LIVE’s General Manager Daniel Bryan has made several comments that suggest Miz is afraid to get hit. Moreover, Miz likes to talk, a quality that can sometimes be perceived at less than to those perceived as “men of action.” As a man who has built his career on never backing away from any confrontation, Cena would certainly be counted in the latter category.
Nevertheless, the 16-time World Champion should take any threat from The Miz seriously, and here’s why …
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Ever dreamed of challenging John Cena? Well, a few lucky gamers will get to do just that when the 16-time World Champion teams with Nintendo to help launch the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch console. In an effort to showcase the console’s capabilities, Nintendo is hosting special experiences in living room settings at some unusual locations with Cena as special guest.
The first pop-up Nintendo Switch experience took place Feb. 23 at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in Santa Clarita, Calif., where Cena showed what the Nintendo Switch can do and featured some of the games.
The Nintendo Switch launches worldwide on March 3.
It has already been a year of milestones for John Cena. In addition to winning the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble and becoming a 16-time World Champion – tying the record of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair – The Cenation Leader and will be featured on the cover of Muscle & Fitness magazine for the fourth time.
Exclusive features inside the March 2017 issue highlight Cena’s new workout routine, as well as his secrets to staying in shape and maintaining the physical demands of being a WWE Superstar and one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars.
Though he lost the WWE Title at Elimination Chamber, Cena’s busy year continues beyond Muscle & Fitness and WrestleMania; in May, he co-stars with Aaron Taylor-Johnson in “The Wall,” and he is slated to host he the upcoming second season of FOX’s hit reality series “American Grit.”
The March issue of Muscle & Fitness featuring John Cena is available on newsstands next Monday, Feb. 27.
It was impossible to not notice that John Cena may have seemed a bit too pre-occupied with AJ Styles during his appearance on WWE Network’s Talking Smack on Tuesday night. When asked by Renee Young who he was most concerned with in the Elimination Chamber Match, Cena responded by saying, “The one person I’m looking out for is AJ Styles, because I firmly believe he is firing on all cylinders. I think everyone else just isn’t where we’re at. And, internet rejoice in that and go nuts.”
Although The Champ was certainly not dismissing the rest of the field outright, his answer could imply that, after their recent string of epic matches, perhaps Cena’s focus on The Phenomenal One could cost him heading into Sunday. That, of course, would be a mistake, as the Elimination Chamber is built for grizzled tough guys like Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, Baron Corbin, a masterful pain inflictor such as Bray Wyatt and a crafty and calculated veteran like The Miz.
Is The Cenation Leader too focused on Styles for his own good? Who do you think will prevail in the barbaric Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship? Find out when WWE Elimination Chamber airs live this Sunday at 8 ET/5 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.
The Nature Boy finally has some company in the elite 16-Timers Club.
With his WWE Championship win over AJ Styles tonight at WWE Royal Rumble, John Cena racked up the 16th World Title of his career, tying Ric Flair for the most World Championship reigns in sports-entertainment history.
The incredible achievement snapped a two-year-plus championship drought for Cena. The Cenation Leader’s last World Title reign ended Aug. 17, 2014, when Brock Lesnar defeated him at SummerSlam to claim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Flair, who held the WWE Championship twice and the WCW and NWA Championships a combined 14 times over the course of his WWE Hall of Fame career, stood alone atop the record books for nearly 17 years. The Nature Boy tweeted his congratulations to Cena following his monumental feat:
Tonight’s victory is not the first time The Champ earned a World Title on this date, either. Eleven years ago to the day, Cena defeated WWE Hall of Famer Edge to win his second WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2006.