Earlier this week, John Cena referred to Taiwan as a country during an interview to promote the F9 movie. This comment was not well received in China, which disputs Taiwan’s status as an independent country. As a result, Cena issued an apology to Chinese fans in Mandarin, apologizing for his unspecified mistake. Cena apologized several times, citing doing several interviews in a day as the reason for the statement. Now WWE has a reaction of its own.
According to Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men podcast, Cena’s apology is not going over well backstage in WWE. There is no word on what this could mean for Cena’s WWE status, as he is rumored to be returning to the company for the upcoming July 16 SmackDown. The show will be the first WWE event with a full crowd of fans since March 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
This John Cena apology is NOT going over well at WWE right now…
— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) May 25, 2021
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