There have been some controversial and strange moments in WWE history, but John Cena announced the death of Osama bin Laden has to be up there.
The former Al-Qaeda leader was shot to death by Navy SEALS on the 2nd May, 2011, in the early hours of the morning.
At the same time, WWE were putting on their annual Extreme Rules pay per view. The show saw John Cena take on The Miz in the main event, although that would not be all Cena would do that night.
John Cena announces death of Osama Bin Laden
Extreme Rules 2011 took place during May 1st 2011. On today in Wrestling history. In the main event, John Cena defeated his Wrestlemania 27 opponent, WWE Champion The Miz, and John Morrison to win the WWE Championship.
In a hard fought match, he avenged his loss a month prior and helped build to his eventual match with The Rock at Wrestlemania 28
However, upon receiving some breaking news, the Cenation leader (God, remember that?) leapt to his feet post match, and completely no sold any wear and tear he may have suffered during the match .
He climbed the commentators’ desk, grabbed a microphone, and began cutting one of the most famous promos in WWE history. He spoke about hustle loyalty and respect and other nonsense, before rattling off the immortal line that had bemused fans since May 1st 2011.
“The President has just announced that we have caught and compromised – to a permanent end – Osama bin Laden.”
The crowd burst into cheers and a chant of “U-S-A!” as the news sinks in. Seal Team Six had captured and killed Al Qaeda leader and architect behind 9/11, Osama Bin Laden.
It was a huge moment in America, as they had slaughteres the Boogeyman of American politics whilst neatly ignoring the Saudi governments involvement in the murder of 3000 citizens on American soil.
But whatever, I’m sure Cena will main event the “Greatest Wrestlemania in Jeddah and beat Hulk Hogan in the worst match ever while Vince McMahon pockets a trillion dollars.
U-S-A I guess…
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