WWE legend John Cena is considered by many as one of the greatest, if not the greatest Superstar ever and his 16 World Championships as well as his more than 20 years on top of the pro wrestling business is concrete proof of that. Cena was last seen on WWE TV on an episode of WWE Monday Night RAW in June when he celebrated his 20th anniversary with the company and he would be introduced by Vince McMahon.
It was also on that night when the 16-time World Champion was expected to announce his WWE SummerSlam Match with Austin Theory, but that didn’t happen as Cena instead revealed that he wasn’t sure when he would be wrestling again. Variety previously announced that 16-time World Champion John Cena is going to make an appearance on the final WWE SmackDown episode of the year and it has since been noted that Cena will be teaming with Kevin Owens to battle The Bloodline (Undisputed WWE Universal Champion “The Tribal Chief” Roman Reigns and “The Honorary Uce” Sami Zayn) in Tag Team action, which will be taking place on Friday, December 30th from inside the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Dave Meltzer reported on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio Program that after the John Cena announcement was made WWE sold 4,000 tickets and this was before it was revealed that he will be competing in Tag Team action. Meltzer also noted that the WWE usually pushes a brand first instead of any individual, so they don’t have to rely on that person, but John Cena is an exception to that rule as he was the last biggest draw the company has had for years and he still is up to this day and fans will buy a ticket to check out a show no matter who is on the card for as long as Cena is on the show as well.
This is what Dave Meltzer said:
“We always say, and it’s true, ‘It’s the brand and not the guy’, but John Cena is the exception. They’ve sold 4,000 tickets in Tampa since he was announced on that show, which is amazing. You know, he is the exception to the rule. If you’re wondering, ‘Is anyone a draw?’ It’s like, well, he is.”
H/T to WrestlingNews.co for transcribing the quotes.