Two days before the AmericanAirlines Arena holds a ring ceremony fit for a king, its court will be the site for another coronation, crowning a WWE champion...hopefully.
Daniel Bryan faces Randy Orton for the vacant WWE title in the main event of the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AmercianAirlines Arena in Miami.
From WWE gold to NBA diamonds, the AmericanAirlines Arena is the basketball home of the NBA champion Miami Heat. Two days after Hell in a Cell, the Heat opens the season against the Chicago Bulls, and that’s when the two-time defending champion Heat will receive their championship rings during a pre-game ceremony.
WWE superstar John Cena knows a little something about championships. He is an 11-time WWE champion and two-time World champion, vying for number three in Miami.
“Knowing now the prominence that Miami Heat team has in the National Basketball Association, they’re the one you got to knock off. They’re truly the top dog,” Cena said. “The AmericanAirlines Arena by proxy is pretty much the center of basketball. So that’s really a special thing to be in the same building.
“We travel around the world and go into these arenas, and I always take great pride, ‘Wow. OK. This is the arena so-and-so played in.’ In reference to Miami and the AmericanAirlines Arena, this is the same arena where LeBron James does his thing. He’s establishing his career there and making a name for himself as one, if not the greatest of all-time. So it really is a pleasure to be there and to be able to see the same type of reaction he would see when he’s out on the floor, having a great game.”
Miami, especially the AmericanAirlines Arena, is very familiar with WWE.
“WWE has had some great moments in Miami,” Cena said.
Unfortunately for Cena, some of those great WWE moments weren’t so great for him.
The night Nexus made its WWE debut, the eight-member group destroyed Cena on a Monday Night Raw at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The Rock beat Cena in the main event of WrestleMania 28 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. The following night on Raw again at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Brock Lesnar returned and laid out Cena.
“Yes, I haven’t had much luck in Miami,” Cena said, “but me just being there [at Hell in a Cell in Miami] is a special occasion to me. I wasn’t supposed to be there because I had triceps reattachment surgery [in August] and wasn’t supposed to be back until January.
“So although I’ve had my setbacks in Miami before, just me being able to be medically cleared to compete, and the first city I’m coming back to is Miami on Sunday [Oct. 27], that to me erases every slip up I’ve ever had in the city of Miami.”
Cena returns to challenge South Florida’s Alberto Del Rio for the World title.
“This one has just been about me getting back healthy,” Cena said. “Because I haven’t had a match in eight weeks, I really just want to be as strong and as ready to go as possible. When you’re in the element everyday and you can really be around your competition, that’s when you can come up with breaking it down a little more with your opponent.
“This will essentially be like the first game of the season for me. It just so happens to be with all the importance of the last game of a season. I’m really excited to be back, and I really think this Sunday is going to be special, and hopefully, I can shake that Miami jinx.”