As part of the celebration of John Cena‘s 20th anniversary, WWE aired a number of tributes to him from famous people. Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Steve Austin, JBL, Triple H, Booker T, Trish Stratus, interim CEO & chairwoman Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton, and AEW talents Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan), Paul Wight (Big Show), and Chris Jericho were among the WWE Hall of Famers that sent notes.
According to Fightful Select, the negotiations between AEW and WWE to make it happen for AEW stars to participate on WWE TV were simple.
Tony Khan, president, CEO, general manager, and head of creative for AEW, was asked if he would be comfortable with Jericho, Danielson, and Wight appearing in the pre-recorded messages for Cena. Khan approved of the appearances because of the content of the videos and gave his approval.
According to a WWE source, the organisation was able to get almost all of the speakers it had planned to for the special tribute to Cena.
AEW was not mentioned while Danielson, Wight, and Jericho were on RAW to deliver messages to Cena. On social media, the AEW performers were also referred to as WWE Legends.