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WWE announces 'Summer of Cena' appearance schedule

WWE has revealed the full list of appearances that John Cena will be making for them this summer.

In what WWE is billing as the "Summer of Cena," Cena's schedule has 15 appearances from now through SummerSlam. That includes Cena's already announced appearance on this Friday's episode of SmackDown.

Cena will be appearing on five episodes of SmackDown, two more episodes of Raw, and at seven house shows. He'll then challenge for Roman Reigns' Universal Championship at SummerSlam on Saturday, August 21.

The full list of appearances is available below:

  • Friday, July 23: SmackDown -- Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Saturday, July 24: Supershow -- PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sunday, July 25: Supershow -- KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Monday, July 26: Raw -- T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Friday, July 30: SmackDown -- Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Saturday, July 31: Supershow -- Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Sunday, August 1: Supershow -- Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan
  • Friday, August 6: SmackDown -- Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida
  • Saturday, August 7: Supershow -- Hertz Arena in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Monday, August 9: Raw -- Amway Center in Orlando, Florida
  • Friday, August 13: SmackDown -- BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Saturday, August 14: Supershow -- Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Sunday, August 15: Supershow -- Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Friday, August 20: SmackDown -- Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Saturday, August 21: SummerSlam -- Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada

Cena returned to WWE programming at Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, appearing for the first time since his Firefly Fun House match against "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 36. Cena confronted Reigns after Reigns retained the Universal Championship against Edge at Money in the Bank.

Cena then cut a promo to kick off last night's episode of Raw. Cena said the fans and Reigns are what brought him back to WWE. Cena said he's here for the Universal Championship and challenged Reigns to face him at SummerSlam. Cena called Reigns an "arrogant, self-absorbed, over-hyped, over-protected, overexposed gimmick" who isn't as over as he says he is.

Reigns should respond to the challenge on this Friday's SmackDown.