John Cena to square up against Roman Reigns in final SmackDown episode of the year

John Cena will team up with Kevin Owens to fight against Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn on December 30.

We all knew John Cena would come back to compete in the squared circle before the end of the year if only to continue his streak of WWE appearances for the 20th consecutive year. At the time, just how it will happen was the subject of speculation. Now, we know when the sixteen-time world champion will make his highly anticipated WWE return and who he'll be fighting against, and let us tell you, it's the best way to end the year.

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John Cena's appearance on the December 30 episode of SmackDown will mark his 20th straight year performing in the WWE.

The 45-year-old transitioned into a full-time role in Hollywood following the success of his string of movies last year, including The Suicide Squad. The premiere and the subsequent success of Peacemaker, which resulted in a follow-up season, potential spin-offs, and quite possibly, a larger role in the new DC Universe, all but casted doubt on whether Cena will be able to keep his streak alive. But, with the most recent announcement, Cena's streak is safe, and fans can look forward to watching him square up against Roman Reigns.

Cena announced that he'll be the unlikely partner of Kevin Owens against Sami Zayn and the reigning WWE Undisputed Universal Champion in a tag team match on December 30, the final episode of Friday Night SmackDown.

Coincidentally, Cena's last in-ring fight was against Reigns at last year's SummerSlam, which he lost. Not to mention, Cena has a checkered past with Owens as his new partner debuted in 2015 as a heel to one of the WWE's longest-running babyfaces. In recent weeks, Owens has feuded with The Bloodline, including Reigns, so it's interesting to see Cena get added to the mix.

Fingers crossed, Cena's next fight will lead to an even more involved WWE role, preferably culminating in a match against Logan Paul at next year's WrestleMania.

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We just hope that Cena's upcoming appearance isn't just a one-off and that we'll have to wait for months to see him square up inside the WWE ring again.

Speaking of Cena and the DC Universe, Gunn's purging of the old DCEU, including franchise stalwart, Henry Cavill, has raised concerns if the original plans for future Peacemaker follow-up seasons and potential spin-offs will still push through. Either way, fans can look forward to watching Cena reprise his role as Jakob Torreto in Fast X, which will premiere on May 19. Also, Cena is expected to co-star in a comedy film alongside his fellow Fast X actor, Jason Momoa, who will reportedly take on a new role in the reformed DCU.

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