Austin Theory Takes The Low Road To Defeat John Cena At WrestleMania 39
John Cena began his WrestleMania career in earnest back in 2004 when he defeated The Big Show for the WWE US Title in the night’s opening match but he couldn’t repeat the trick in LA as Austin Theory escaped with his gold…just.
Cena went on to a career littered with WrestleMania appearances and title reigns on his way to becoming one of the most iconic wrestling stars of all time. Now with his full-time wrestling career behind him, the movie star proved he could still go but came up short against Austin Theory in Saturday’s opening match failing to win the United States Championship for the sixth time in his career.
The sixteen-time world champion had been reluctant to accept Austin Theory’s WrestleMania challenge in the run-up to the bout, but after listening to the fans he opted to face the champion. The loss means Austin Theory is now 0-3 on the grandest stage of them all having lost to The Street Profits alongside Angel Garza in 2020 and to Pat McAfee in 2022.
John Cena made his entrance alongside several Make-A-Wish kids as WWE highlighted his record-breaking achievements for the charity in a touching moment on the show. But as it was time to go to work for Cena, he quickly found out he was in a real contest with Theory.
Cena managed to take Theory out with some of his famed moves of doom but Theory blocked the Attitude Adjustment leading to the referee being taken out. Cena locked Theory in the STF but with the referee down, no one was there to see the champion tap out. Theory dropped Cena with a low blow and A-Town Down to win the bout and retain his title.