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Backstage News On Shawn Spears Returning To WWE

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Below are some top WWE news stories of the day, involving Shawn Spears and John Cena.

• Shawn Spears made his return to WWE, now appearing under the NXT banner.

The former AEW star surprised fans by rejoining WWE on the latest episode of NXT, following weeks of anticipation surrounding the individual featured in the “Three Faces” vignette. Spears made an impactful return by assaulting Ridge Holland with a chair.

Spears has a history with WWE, having been associated with the company intermittently since 2006. He initially signed a developmental deal and had brief stints on WWE’s ECW brand in 2008 and 2009. After leaving WWE in 2019, he joined AEW before wrapping up his tenure there last year.

According to Fightful’s Corey Brennan, Spears will continue to use the Spears moniker rather than returning as Tye Dillinger. His comeback took many by surprise, with one insider describing it as a “complete shock”.

Internal documents did not initially list Spears for his role in Ridge Holland’s promo, indicating that his return was kept under wraps until the last moment. Shawn Michaels reportedly stepped in to rehearse with Holland earlier in the day before Spears’ return was officially unveiled.

Spears remained hidden backstage until his dramatic re-emergence. Following his return, he received a warm reception from his colleagues backstage.

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• On his podcast, former WWE manager Zeb Colter revealed that John Cena used to ‘complain and moan’ if he didn’t want to work with a certain wrestler.

Here’s what Colter said:

“I don’t know anybody specifically, but if he didn’t want to work on TV against whoever, he would complain and moan. He was concerned with one thing, and I don’t blame him. This is not a knock on John.

If Cena didn’t want to do it or he didn’t like how… see, the writers would come up with the finish, how they wanted it to end. They wouldn’t come up with the exact mode or method they wanted to use.

If they worked it out before Cena got on the scene, well, he’s gonna change it all. He didn’t like this. He didn’t like that.”

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