It was confirmed on WWE Backstage last night that 16-time World Champion John Cena will be returning to TV on the 02/28 episode of Friday Night SmackDown.
The show, which takes place the day after Super ShowDown, will be broadcast live from the TD Garden in Cena’s hometown of Boston, Massachusetts.
— WWE (@WWE) February 12, 2020
WWE had the following to say on the matter:
John Cena will return to SmackDown on Friday, Feb. 28, as Team Blue continues down The Road to WrestleMania.
It was on SmackDown where The Cenation Leader made his dynamic debut nearly 18 years ago, when he channeled “Ruthless Aggression” to challenge WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle in his debut match. Since that fateful night, Cena went on to become WWE’s standard-bearer, earning 16 World Championships and inspiring countless WWE fans to “Never Give Up.”
An icon in the ring and the star of such blockbuster films as “Bumblebee,” “Blockers” and the upcoming “F9: The Fast Saga,” Cena will soon bring his signature “Hustle, Loyalty and Respect” back to SmackDown, as first reported by WWE Backstage on FS1. Whatever this unparalleled Superstar has planned, you won’t want to miss it.
There is no word on why WWE is going to have Cena appear. While some have speculated that it will be a one-off because the show is taking place in Cena’s hometown, others have suggested his appearance could set up a WrestleMania match.
If you were part of the creative team, how would you book John Cena’s return to WWE TV? Let us know in the comments.