John Cena has taken a tongue-in-cheek trip down memory lane.
On June 27th, 2002, John Cena made his WWE debut on SmackDown taking on Kurt Angle. His arrival came after Vince McMahon had been calling for stars to show “ruthless aggression.”
Cena answered an open challenge from Angle but was defeated in a little over five minutes. After the match, Cena was congratulated by the likes of The Undertaker backstage and he seemed to be a made man. Cena continued to be featured on the blue brand but didn’t fully find his feet until he embraced “Thug Life” that October.
In a new post on social media, Cena took a look back at his debut with a running commentary on the performance from “Johnny Boots-and-Tights.”
“Here it is, the moment we’ve all be waiting for, the debut of Johnny Boots-and-Tights on SmackDown in 2002.
Chicago, Illinois is the location, Kurt Angle is the man and he’s called out Johnny Boots-and-Tights. There he is on SmackDown, red tights, red boots and all.
Kurt Angle berating me for my style and the fact that I couldn’t get a seamstress to appropriately fit my wardrobe.
He’s saying “what’s making me any different than anyone else?” And, of course, it’s the look on my face that is the exact same look that I make when I have a bowel movement, so you know that I am serious.
And, two words that would define a whole era in WWE – Ruthless Aggression.
As I look back on this, I’m probably moving as fast as I ever have in a WWE ring. But, alas, an Olympic gold medalist is too much for a rookie and in three seconds my hopes, dreams and future are shattered. What an amazing debut, capped by an effort just not enough.
The look on my face says it all.
We’ve come full circle, you can let the jokes rain down as you wish.
There you have it, the debut of Johnny Boots-and-Tights Cena.”
When Was John Cena’s Last WWE Match?
John Cena last wrestled for WWE at Crown Jewel where he was utterly demolished by Solo Sikoa. Cena had been with the company since September, making a number of appearances on SmackDown and Premium Live Events.
The end of John Cena’s run was confirmed with the resolution of the SAG-AFTRA writer’s strike. Since stepping away from the ring the 16-time World Champion has undergone surgery on both of his arms.
H/t to Wrestle Talk