Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show, John Cena revealed that he was surprised to get such a positive reaction for his WWE Money in the Bank 2021 return.
"I'm not used to that. Usually, in the arena, half the people, or more, are telling me that I suck and half the people are saying 'Let's go Cena.' I was kinda expecting that. I've been curtailing off a number of my performances in WWE for the last few years because I've been filming projects, but I didn't expect the shift to be that much. I think it's because I was a genuine surprise. I showed up the next night on Raw and they were still very excited. A bunch of chants started. They were chanting 'welcome back' and 'let's go Cena' and 'Cena sucks,' but they knew I was going to be there. The thing I hold closest about that Money in the Bank appearance is that, in this day and age, trying to orchestrate some sort of genuine surprise is rare. It was a genuine moment and everyone was excited. That led to me being excited."