John Cena’s originally planned backup for this week’s SmackDown tests positive for COVID-19, massive plans got scrapped at the last moment

In a massive revelation post SmackDown, it has been claimed that LA Knight was supposed to save John Cena from The Bloodline this week.


John Cena’s originally planned backup for this week’s SmackDown tests positive for COVID-19, massive plans got scrapped at the last moment

John Cena on this week's SmackDown (via- WWE)

John Cena faced a brutal attack on SmackDown. After Jimmy Uso and Solo Sikoa refused him a tag-team match, a contract signing for Fastlane lit a green signal. However, Cena’s partner, AJ Styles, ambushed backstage by The Bloodline, required medical attention.

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Meanwhile, in the ring, The Bloodline was out, and John Cena tried to take them down on his own. However, Jimmy and Solo were just too much for the 16-time World Champion. Right until the show went off-air, fans were expecting someone to make the save, but it didn’t happen. However, as now revealed by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, LA Knight was to arrive at Cena’s aid. However, medical reasons pulled him out.

The report noted that Knight tested positive for COVID-19 right before SmackDown went live. Of course, The Megastar was then advised to leave the building. If not for COVID, LA Knight would’ve replaced AJ Styles as John Cena’s partner to tackle The Bloodline. Now, as it stands, the contract for a match at Fastlane will happen. However, the Cenation Leader doesn’t have anyone at the moment by his side.

There’s uncertainty if LA Knight can appear at the premium live event in Indianapolis. With Styles sidelined, John Cena has limited options. Clarity might come with more details on Knight’s health. He’s the top pick to join Cena at WWE Fastlane.

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Will the SAG-AFTRA settlement truncate John Cena’s WWE run?

A single call from Hollywood could wrap up all of John Cena’s already laid-out WWE schedule at a whiff. That said, per CNBC, the Hollywood studios and writers have been in advanced talks to curtail the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike in the United States. One would imagine how that development might affect John Cena’s upcoming WWE commitments.

John Cena
John Cena is currently in The Bloodline’s issues (via- WWE)

In what could be a sigh of relief for his wrestling fans, a settlement between writers doesn’t necessarily involve the actors. That said, John Cena’s entire WWE schedule remains intact at this point. He will appear on WWE television until the last SmackDown in October.

Local advertisements suggest that the Franchise Player is working on this year’s Crown Jewel event as well. However, there’s no such announcement from WWE in an official capacity. If that does work out, it would mark Cena’s first WWE show in Saudi Arabia since 2018, where he wrestled Triple H.

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