John Cena, the 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion and all-around “face” of the WWE, has commented on Brock Lesnar’s multiple United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) doping violations for UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes.
For those who do not know, Brock Lesnar popped for illegal substances after he failed an out-of-competition drug test on June 28. That was just days after the USADA would inform Lesnar that he popped yet again for another failed drug test. This one, however, was worse because it was an in-competition test taken the night of UFC 200.
John Cena was on ESPN Sportscenter last Tuesday, July 19, and he made a comment pertaining to Brock Lesnar’s multiple failed drug tests, as reported by ENT Imports.
“Well, there was certainly a lot of hype. I was actually on SportsCenter hyping that fight myself. My thoughts were in Brock Lesnar’s corner as he was put as the underdog in that fight, and he ended up doing well. Anytime something like that comes out it certainly affects your perception of the event. There’s no way that people aren’t going to perceive Brock Lesnar differently, and when something like this happens, you set yourself a long, hard road ahead of you, and Brock’s got a long, hard road ahead of him.”
The approach John Cena provided was indeed diplomatic, as reported by Uproxx, but it possibly revealed how Brock Lesnar will be received upon his return to the WWE. For starters, if he is taking anything that may benefit him, either they be performance-enhancing or not, the WWE might think it may pose a danger for anyone Lesnar works with. As a result, Lesnar will probably be expected to “get clean” before he even steps back into the WWE ring let alone the UFC octagon.
On the other hand, WWE did have plans for Brock Lesnar, as he is scheduled to take on Randy Orton at WWE Summerslam 2016. Let’s not forget that even though he works a certain number of times a year, Lesnar is still a pull for getting tickets sold and seats in the arena filled. As such, he was overall the number eight draft pick going to WWE RAW during the WWE 2016 Draft.
What is more uncertain is Brock Lesnar’s return to MMA action in UFC. Prior to the news of his failed drug tests hitting the internet, many MMA fans pondered who Lesnar would fight if he were to return to UFC action. According to MMA Torch, it was speculated that Dana White would probably pair Lesnar up against the winner of the Stipe Miocic versus Alistair Overeem main event at UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem. If Overeem were to win, MMA fans would be given the treat of watching a rematch between him and Lesnar. This time, however, Lesnar will not have the excuse of diverticulitis holding him back. And if Miocic were to win, the fight would be profitable too. Right now, neither might happen, especially if Brock Lesnar is suspended from the UFC.
Getting back to John Cena, he has little time to worry about Brock Lesnar. At WWE Battleground 2016, he will team up with Enzo Amore and Big Cass to take on The Club (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows).
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