It's been less than three weeks since Jon Stewart walked away from his desk at the Daily Show, but he's already found a new gig: hosting pro wrestling. He's guest starred in two WWE events since Sunday, in which he alternated between giving and receiving beatdowns in the ring.
"I've spent the past 16 years talking about politics," Stewart told the crowd at WWE's SummerSlam on Sunday, according to the New York Times. "It's nice to be back in reality."
During the annual pay-per-view event's big match between Seth Rollins and Trainwreck's breakout star John Cena, Stewart surprised everyone by jumping into the ring, turning heel, and pummeling Cena into submission with a folding chair. Rollins took the opportunity to deliver a finishing blow to Cena, securing the US Championship belt for himself.
"Jon Stewart has gone from Daily Show host to SummerSlam criminal here tonight," WWE announcers said. Cena lost his shot at a 16th championship, a record only held by WWE legend Ric Flair, and Young Cena fanboys around the world were crushed.
Yesterday, on Monday Night Raw, Stewart continued his stint as evil WWE heel, soaking in the hate from a booing crowd and explaining why he sided with his former nemesis, Seth Rollins.
"To those ... children who wanted to know who the little, old, mean man was and why he would do that, I will tell you why," Stewart said. "It was not in any way to help Seth Rollins retain the world championship ... It was because I could not let John Cena tie the great Ric Flair."
Then Cena climbed into the ring and body-slammed Stewart , exciting the hearts of Cena's mostly-pre-pubescent fans and horrifying all those people who want Jon Stewart unbroken enough to host a 2016 presidential debate.
The whole WWE plot is campy and convoluted and almost impenetrable unless you follow pro wrestling, but it's nice to see Jon Stewart celebrate his retirement by getting his ass kicked by a guy who looks like a toy from that movie Small Soldiers.