Don’t fret, Ce-nation. WrestleMania 36’s Firefly Fun House match won’t be John Cena’s final time in a WWE return.
In talking about his memorable showdown with Bray Wyatt during an interview with Den of Geek, Cena talks about how the Firefly Fun House will inform his next move in a wrestling ring. He says it’s not about topping his last match, but about continuing his story.
Cena again uses his character’s arc from main eventing back-to-back ‘Mania’s with The Rock to getting his butt kicked by Undertaker as an example.
“The Funhouse match was something I hold very close to me and maybe that’s another 45-minute interview for another day because that was kind of thrown in my lap at the last minute. And I remember specifically asking what a Firefly Funhouse match was. And the answer was literally, “We don’t know.” And in most performers that would cause panic, but I was just riveted by the open field that we could possibly create something special. And like you said, it took a lot of brave folks and a lot of hard work to make something that hopefully the audience understood...
“I don’t think it’s about topping what you’ve done. I think it’s about correctly continuing a narrative. And I think that’s the most important thing. I mean, I main evented two WrestleMania’s with The Rock and then the very next WrestleMania I was in the middle of the card against the newcomer, and then I would move further shifting through the card against other veritable newcomers for tertiary titles or up to the point of being a fan at one point. But that was my contribution to the narrative. It wasn’t like I was jumping up and down saying, “I was the main event, so I need to continue being a main event.
“I always found a real sense of satisfaction contributing where I could, because I know that the idea of the sense of complacency with performers is high. And they always want to be at the top spot and there is only one top spot. But I believe a spot is a chance to contribute. So it won’t be about that. It will simply be if there is an enthralling and correct continuation to the narrative. I really, really want to get back to WWE... I do look forward to returning. It won’t be about topping a Firefly Funhouse match. The first question I’ll ask is “Why?” And the next question I’ll ask is “Where do we go after that?” And if I get, “I don’t know” to both of them, that’s cool because that means I can come up with my own thing.”
The great thing about the Fun House match, at least for me, was the way it deconstructed (hey, John’s using big words like “narrative”) Cena’s career. That, combined with what’s looking like it will be a multi-year stretch between appearances, really provides him and WWE with a blank slate to work with when he does come back.
Does that mean something interesting and risky? Or will he just play the hits?
Probably the latter, but here’s hoping Cena uses his pull - as he presumably did to help make his last match so wonderfully weird - do something that feels at least a little fresh.