A tale of two Jon/Johns: “heel” Jon Stewart faced off against fan favorite and Cenation leader John Cena last night on WWE Raw.
Retired former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, who cost Cena the U.S. Championship at SummerSlam in a move that made small kids cry, was back in the ring. Stewart, for those unaware, is a well documented, lifelong wrestling fan.
Cena used his signature move to send Stewart spinning around on his shoulders and then smashing him down in the ring at Barclays Center.
The day before, Stewart had interfered during Cena’s match with WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins, hitting Cena with a folding chair. Hollins was then able to pin Cena for the win.
There’s history here.
Stewart had several wrestlers as guests on “The Daily Show,” even before his spring feud with Seth Rollins. Cena rival Seth Rollins gave Jon Stewart a Commemorative WWE Championship Belt to celebrate his retirement from The Daily Show.
For those not up on the score, the WWE has two title belts for two separate championships, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the United States Championship. Heading into Sunday’s match, Seth Rollins held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and John Cena, the U.S. Championship. Their SummerSlam match was for both titles, making it a winner-take-all scenario.
Stewart explained to the crowd why he did it.
“Apparently last night I did upset some people,” Stewart said of his last appearance where he left a chair in the ring for Rollins to use against Cena. “It was not in any way to help Seth Rollins retain the world championship, as well as he fought; it was not to help The Authority, because it’s what’s best for business; it was because in my heart, I could not let John Cena tie the great Ric Flair for 16 champiosnhips, because in my mind, the champ is Flair.”
Back last February, Stewart called out Rollins for disrespecting the show and his hosting in a move that caused Rollins to interrupt a later show’s “Moment of Zen” and spur the two to attempt to end it on an episode of “Monday Night Raw,” in which Stewart might have groin kicked Rollins in a controversial move.
Of course, all of this WWE business is scripted hogwash and Rollins came on the Daily Show to gift Stewart with a custom “The Daily Show” WWE championship belt to commemorate his retirement.
“To be honest with you, I was pulling for John Cena,” Rollins said.. “Sooner or later, the record will be broken. And I’d prefer it be by someone that I respect.”