They aren’t happy. Every now and then, a wrestler becomes the biggest star in the industry and can change quite a few things at once. That is not something you get to see very often, but it can be rather special when it takes place. WWE has had a few of these over the years, but now the company does not seem thrilled with something that one of their biggest stars ever has said.

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.

WWE has some experience in China of their own. Check out some of their time there:

WWE's historically memorable debut in Shenzhen, China

Charlotte Flair brings sunshine to Shenzhen, China

China welcomes WWE's new recruits

Opinion: This is one of those political minefields that is going to cause a problem for someone no matter what happens. At the end of the day, China is a major financial factor almost anywhere and at some point, companies and organizations are going to be pressured to do and say what makes China happy. There is a good chance that is the case here, though it is not going to reflect well on Cena.

What do you think of what Cena said? What will this mean for his WWE status? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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