WWE News and Rumor Roundup: Triple H health update, Brock Lesnar return match announced, will John Cena ever wrestle outside WWE? (September 17, 2021)

It’s been another news-filled day in the world of professional wrestling, and a number of WWE’s biggest names are in the headlines. With a number of exciting shows around the corner, it’s a pretty good time to be a wrestling fan.

Brock Lesnar’s match with Roman Reigns has officially been announced, while John Cena revealed if he’d ever wrestle for another company. MVP suffered a rib injury from an RKO on the latest episode of Monday Night Raw. There are also a few other juicy stories to sink your teeth into.

With that being said, here is our news roundup for September 17, 2021


#1. Update on Triple H’s health following hospitalization

WWE announced that Triple H had undergone successful surgery following a cardiac event caused by a genetic heart issue. In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer stated that Triple H was in good enough shape and recovering.

In Triple H’s absence, Shawn Michaels has been in charge of NXT with Kevin Dunn overseeing production.


#2. Brock Lesnar will face Roman Reigns at WWE Crown Jewel

WWE has confirmed that Brock Lesnar will return to the ring to face Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel on October 21, 2021. Lesnar hasn’t wrestled since dropping the WWE title to Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania 36

Before he takes on the Beast Incarnate, Reigns will again defend the Universal Championship against Finn Balor at Extreme Rules. Having lost his first encounter against the Tribal Chief following interference from the Usos, Balor will assume his Demon King persona for their pay-per-view rematch.

#3. John Cena reveals whether he will ever wrestle for another company

While answering fan questions during his appearance at Florida Supercon, John Cena ruled out the possibility of ever wrestling for any promotion other than WWE.

There’s a whole like ‘never say never’ philosophy and I’m also that way in life because you never know what life will bring you. But, I can with certainty say no,” said Cena. [H/T to Post Wrestling]

Cena capped off his most recent WWE run with an appearance at Maddison Square Garden. It appears that he’s now set to return to his projects outside of wrestling.

Big names such as Daniel Bryan and Ric Flair left WWE for pastures new even though they had good relationships with Vince McMahon and the company. Even though the strangest things can happen in professional wrestling, it’s unlikely that Cena would ever sign for AEW or another promotion.


#4. MVP injured on RAW

During the latest episode of Monday Night RAW, MVP suffered an injury while taking an RKO. MVP attempted to interfere in Bobby Lashley’s title defense against Randy Orton and suffered the wrath of the Viper. WWE’s latest update stated that the former United States Champion would be out indefinitely.

In response to WWE, MVP tweeted that he would also look to get his knee fixed. The Miami native appeared to injure his knee earlier this year.


#5. Reason Big E won the WWE Championship on RAW this week

According to a report from Mat Men Pro Wrestling podcast’s Andrew Zarian (via Cageside Seats), the TV networks are pressuring WWE to treat RAW and SmackDown equally.

Zarian said that WWE felt the need to move forward Big E’s coronation since RAW needed something to compete with SmackDown’s big MSG outing. With the recent additions of Brock Lesnar and Becky Lynch to SmackDown, the rosters are even more lopsided.

“Mat Men’s Andrew Zarian said there is pressure on WWE from the networks to treat Raw and SmackDown as equal shows. Big E winning the WWE championship was originally planned for his move to Raw during the upcoming draft, but it was moved up in order to give Raw something equally big after SmackDown had such a huge show at MSG. It was not a response to AEW Dynamite beating Raw in the key demo rating,” said Zarian.

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