John Cena: It was an 'honor and privilege' to close out Joe Louis Arena

John Cena: It was an 'honor and privilege' to close out Joe Louis Arena
Posted at 5:42 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 10:17:42-04

WWE was in town on Saturday night for what was the final scheduled event at Joe Louis Arena.

The WWE Live: SummerSlam Heatwave Tour featured a stacked card with John Cena, a rare match from WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Shinsuka Nakamura and more.

Many stars paid tribute to the Joe during their final stop, the home to numerous WWE events in its nearly 40 years of existence.

The ultimate moment came after Cena's match, the final match of the night, where he defeated Rusev in a "Detroit Street Brawl" by putting him through a table.

Cena grabbed a microphone after the match and gave his thoughts on the Joe.

'I had my very first Pay-Per-View match in this building," Cena said. "Everyone here tonight knows all about the energy and the aura that you get surround by when you step foot in this building right here."

Cena added that it was an "honor and privilege" to be able to stand on the grounds of Joe Louis Arena one final time.

"So many memories in Hockeytown for all of you, so many wonderful WWE memories for myself," Cena added. "It's about the WWE Universe standing in the Joe Louis Arena one final time. It's about the spirit of the city of Detroit."

Cena wasn't the only one who paid tribute to the Joe.

WWE Superstar Tye Dillinger posted a video before his match talking about what an honor it is to perform in the Joe. Growing up in Canada with a dad who is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Dillinger talked about his love for the Joe's history, before bringing up Steve Yzerman.

WWE also announced its first show at the all-new Little Caesars Arena will be Hell in a Cell, a Smackdown Live PPV, the first in Detroit since 2013.