John Cena Says Drew McIntyre Is Setting Himself “Up For Disappointment” In Match Request

Drew McIntyre has recently expressed his wish to face John Cena in a singles match, but the latter has a message for the two-time WWE Champion: Don’t get the hopes up too high.

The two superstars have yet to square off one-on-one. Last month, McIntyre listed Cena as a dream opponent for WrestleMania 39, which will take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Cena responded by posting a photo of McIntyre on his Instagram page. And last week, McIntyre said “There’s no bigger match ” than him vs. Cena.

During an interview with On Demand Entertainment (h/t Andrew Ravens of, Cena warned that McIntyre may be setting himself “up for disappointment” as neither of them have the power to make the match work .

“Well, I always appreciate being involved in a conversation of saying that things are important because that means people haven’t forgotten what you’ve put forth as an effort. But man, what a way to set yourself up for disappointment. In no way, shape, or form is Drew in a position to make matches or make things happen, and I’m not either.

Neither of us have that power. That’s beyond our capacity. I certainly am grateful for being mentioned, which is awesome. I’ve got more matches in WWE, I’m not done, but I’ve never approached anything like, ‘I’d like to work with this person. I wanna have a match with this person,’ because I don’t make those choices. They say, ‘Hey, I’d like you to do this.’ ‘Alright, it’s time to go to work.’ That’s really allowed me to enjoy every step of the way. I think if we build expectations in our head, like I hate to say this to Drew, but if that never happens, how is he supposed to feel about that?”

Of course, it’s not uncommon for WWE superstars to name their dream opponents. They know they don’t have a say in making the matches, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to at least express an interest like McIntyre has here.

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Cena hasn’t competed in a match since WrestleMania 36, when he lost a cinematic “Firefly Fun House” bout to Bray Wyatt. Reports suggest that he will square off against Universal Champion Roman Reigns at SummerSlam 2021, set for Aug. 21 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even if a McIntyre-Cena match were to happen, it’s highly unlikely to take place in the near future.

McIntyre & Cena Have Little History With Each Other

Though they haven’t had a one-on-one match, McIntyre and Cena have shared the ring on several occasions. They were both involved in a fatal four-way match on the Jan. 14, 2019 episode of Monday Night Raw that also featured Finn Bálor (the match winner) and Baron Corbin, with the winner earning a Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.

A week earlier, Cena, Bálor and Seth Rollins won a six-man tag team match against McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Dean Ambrose on Raw.

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