Not being on Comedy Central four nights a week anymore seems to be suiting Jon Stewart pretty well.
The lack of that commitment means he’s now more or less free to do whatever the hell he wants. And his first major gig outside of The Daily Show was, somewhat unexpectedly, serving as the host of the WWE‘s second biggest show of the year – SummerSlam.
Stewart, a noted and long-time fan of professional wrestling, didn’t just limit himself to the occasional opening monologue with Mick Foley, or the hawking of autographs meant for his son on eBay, either. Jon Stewart wound up getting physically involved.
During one of the premiere bouts on the card – a title-for-title, winner take all match between WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins and United States Champion John Cena – Stewart made his presence felt on the match, running in with a steel chair and spearing Cena in the ribs with it, allowing Rollins to pick up the win and both belts.
It was glorious. The parochial Brooklyn crowd went nuts for it. Watch it on repeat right below.
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Only problem with that is that John Cena is a vindictive crybaby and thus Stewart had some ‘splainin’ to do.
On today’s instalment of WWE Raw, Stewart explained that he simply could not allow Cena to win and tie the legendary “Nature Boy” Ric Flair‘s record of 16 world title reigns. As a die-hard wrestling fan, that was something he could not allow – particularly in a situation where he could potentially prevent it from happening.
Cena’s response was to deliver an AA – his finishing move – to the 52 year-old Stewart. Because reasons and manliness and hustle loyalty respect, etc.
I mean, it’s always nice when Cena ceases giving a fuck, but at some point you’re just beating up a tiny old man.
Stewart’s fine, by the way. And Cena’s march to a sixteenth world championship remains on hold for the time being, thanks to the unexpected arrival of Sting, who will face Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship at the WWE’s next big event, Night of Champions.