WrestleMania 33 is still seven months away, but we’re already beginning to hear some rumors about what the company’s plan for John Cena might be.
Cageside Seats is reporting today that at this early stage, the WWE is considering two options for Cena. The first is for him to face The Undertaker, although that’s assuming the Deadman is actually willing to come back. Daily Wrestling News reported back in August that The Undertaker told the company he is done with wrestling, which is why he was not included in the 2016 draft.
If the WWE can’t get The Undertaker, Cageside Seats reports that the other plan is to have John Cena win the WWE World Championship, therefore tying Ric Flair’s record of 16 times holding this belt. The report does not specify who Cena will face.
The fact that Cena is currently one championship away from tying Flair’s record is a fact that was brought up on SmackDown Live quite recently. On September 13th’s show, Cena confronted the current champion, AJ Styles, saying, “You have something that belongs to me.” Cena went on to say that he has finally decided he wants to take the World Championship back, and all he wants to do is win that title one more time.
Even though we don’t know who Cena could face at WrestleMania, an important takeaway from this rumor is that if true, it suggests that Cena will not be winning at No Mercy next month. During October 9th’s pay-per-view, AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose and John Cena will have a triple threat match with the WWE World Championship on the line. On this week’s SmackDown, John Cena was pinned by Dean Ambrose, which was a big deal that could be the first step towards a Cena defeat at No Mercy. Prior to this, Cena had not been defeated clean by an opponent on a non-pay-per-view event since 2009.
As another piece of evidence towards Cena losing at No Mercy, he is expected to take a hiatus in October in order to film his Fox reality series American Grit. He will then be gone for most of the rest of the year. What all this could add up to, then, is Cena losing at No Mercy and disappearing for an extended period of time like he did after SummerSlam, only to make a triumphant return in early 2016 and make a run at the title that concludes at WrestleMania 33, perhaps with a main event match between John Cena and AJ Styles.
If John Cena doesn’t end up being the once to face The Undertaker, that doesn’t mean the Deadman won’t be at WrestleMania 33 at all. There has also been speculation that The Undertaker might face Sting, who suffered a neck injury last year and recently retired but who hasn’t ruled out appearing for one last match. In fact, he is reportedly putting off getting neck surgery, according to the International Business Times.
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