1. If you read Traina’s thoughts regularly and listen to her SI Media Podcast, You’ve heard me say a few times over the past year and a half that while I kept up with WWE, it was difficult to watch two- and three-hour shows without fans in the arenas.
Obviously, this was not WWE’s fault and there was nothing the company could do about it. They just had to weather the COVID-19 storm like any other company.
The WWE Universe was able to attend Wrestlemania in April, but that was exceptional. After that, WWE immediately went back to doing shows at the Florida ThunderDome.
Fans technically returned for Friday’s edition of Slap. But the TRUE return of the fans to the building occurred Sunday night at Money in the bank. And the REAL comeback became official thanks to another comeback.
When John Cena appeared at the end of the show, the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, exploded.
It was Cena’s first appearance on WWE television since WrestleMania 36 in April 2020, when no fans attended.
What made this moment even more remarkable was seeing the 180 WWE fans have made at Cena. The cliché “absence makes love grow” is more prevalent in professional wrestling than anywhere else; The WWE Universe hasn’t always been kind to Cena, and that’s an understatement.
But the Sunday Pop Dinner was special. We haven’t seen a WWE crowd react like this to anything in years. And he certainly had fun with it.
The 44-year-old has been in WWE since 2000 and has done it all with the company. I have always felt that Cena has not received all his due as an all time great. His work in the ring speaks for itself, but it has been tremendously entertaining outside the ring. Whether it’s from her appearance on talk shows, her hysterical performance on Total Fine or his impressive display of comedy skills in the movies, there’s no way I don’t like Cena.
He also came to the studio to do the SI Media Podcast in 2018, and it was phenomenal.
Seriously, how can you not love this boy?
The timing of Cena’s return and the return of the fans couldn’t have been better, with Summer festival coming up in Las Vegas on August 21.
Cena is expected to be the main event of the show with a match against Roman Reigns, who has also been through many ups and downs with WWE fans.
And so WWE is back.
two. If you’re still in awe of Saturday night’s theft of Jrue Holiday and Giannis alley-oop, you’ll enjoy this video call compilation of the play from around the world.
3. Someone stole Younghoe Koo’s Jeep over the weekend, but all the Falcons kicker wants to get back are his cleats.
4. ESPN’s Karl Ravech made it clear to a fan in a perfect way this morning after he was mistaken for Matt Vasgersian, who called up Sunday night’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees with Alex Rodriguez.
5. This is a tough one for Chris Paul.
6. The last episode of the YES Average PodcasIncludes an interview with New York Post sports media columnist Andrew Marchand.
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in the sports media and we covered it all. Marchand updates us on Maria Taylor’s position with ESPN, breaking down the entire Taylor-Rachel Nichols saga and ESPN’s responsibility for creating the mess.
We also discussed Stephen A. Smith’s offensive comments about Shohei Ohtani and why they happened. Marchand also weighed in on the future of NFL Sunday Ticket, non-travel broadcasters for away games and more.
Topics covered in the “Traina Thoughts” segment of the podcast featuring WFAN’s Sal Licata include the possibility of MLB banning the trade, Giannis’s performance in the NBA Finals, and the story that NBC wants James Gandolfini to replace Steve. Carell in The office.
You can also see the SI Media Podcast in Youtube.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Obviously, I’m biased because I’m a Yankees fan, but I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed watching this old-school video of Joe Torre cursing umpires like there’s no tomorrow.
Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina at Apple, Spotify or Stapler. You can also follow Jimmy on Twitter Y Instagram.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.