PHOENIX — In his triumphant return to Team Blue on Independence Day, John Cena was treated to a hero’s welcome by the WWE Universe. Cena, a free agent, passionately claimed that he was here to prove all his doubters wrong and was ready to take on the best on both SmackDown LIVE and Raw. However, the exuberant vibe was quickly altered when Rusev finally arrived on the blue brand for the first time since the Superstar Shake-up!
Feeling slighted by both SmackDown LIVE management and the WWE Universe, Rusev degraded Cena and the USA. Cena, off-put by The Bulgarian Brute’s clear lack of respect for the Fourth of July, proclaimed that this night wasn’t about Rusev, but about America.
Rusev and Cena jaw-jacked back and forth on the topic of American ideals, and The Cenation Leader then challenged The Bulgarian Brute to a Flag Match here tonight on SmackDown LIVE. Rusev, however, was quick to decline the offer, stating he would not be bossed around by the 16-time World Champion.
It was later announced that the two would indeed have the Flag Match at WWE Battleground.