John Cena

In this Sunday, April 6, 2014, file photo, John Cena celebrates his win during Wrestlemania XXX. Cena will make an appearance in Carbondale on Friday when WWE's Summerslam makes a stop here.


CARBONDALE — Excitement is building for the first event of the school year at SIU Arena, besides the eclipse. WWE Live Sumerslam Heat Wave Tour’s will make a stop Friday at SIU Arena.

“I think everybody’s excited to see John Cena. He released a Carbondale video yesterday, and I posted it to our page,” Ashley Wright said.

A WWE superstar, Cena is a 16-time world champion, five-time U.S. champion and record setting Make-A-Wish granter. He also released a hit album and has had roles in movies and television, as well as voicing several animated characters. This will be Cena’s first appearance in Carbondale.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m.

“WWE is coming straight to you, Carbondale, and you need to go,” Cena said in the video.

Joining Cena will be joined by WWE superstars Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, The Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose and others.

Matches will include: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe, and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. The Miztourage.

“Ticket sales are going very well. We opened some more seats today,” Wright said. “We actually still have front-row seats available.”

Tickets range in price from $100 to $15. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more in levels three and four. To purchase tickets, call 877-SALUKIS or visit



Marilyn Halstead is a reporter covering Williamson County.

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