The plans for WrestleMania 32 are apparently starting to come together backstage, but the creative team has had a lot of obstacles to overcome. Injuries, time off, big stars being out, and other such things have put a huge bump into whatever was originally in place from late last year. The latest injury to John Cena has really hurt things as he was in line for one of the two big matches on the card, and now there are no plans for The Undertaker.
Some had hoped that Cena may be able to come back from his shoulder injury before WrestleMania 32, but there isn’t much hope for that anymore.
— John Cena (@JohnCena) January 13, 2016
Cena was set to take on The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32, and it was seen as a “Battle of Legends,” but that obviously isn’t going to happen now. Some may think that WWE can figure out something else as they’ve had to adjust for the injuries of Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Daniel Bryan, Tyson Kidd, and others.
The problem is, there was no back-up plan in place for The Undertaker and as of now, he has no match at WrestleMania 32, per Wrestling Inc.
It appears as if WWE really was not anticipating John Cena to get injured, but then again, who would? Still, there was just no one thinking it would happen and that it would be so severe an injury so other than him, there were no other options for The Undertaker.
Any hopes of Cena returning in time have quickly been dashed. What Culture even reported that it’s looking like he may be out six to nine months. He has made comments on Twitter lately saying that his recovery may “take a bit” which has some thinking it could be closer to nine months.
So now, what does WWE do?
Once Seth Rollins got put on the shelf with his knee injury, the WWE Title tournament came about at Survivor Series. The feud with Sheamus was put in place for Roman Reigns with the back-and-forth, and now the WWE Title is up for grabs at the Royal Rumble.
Brock Lesnar was then put back into the mix of things, but he can’t go on to face The Undertaker anyway because their feud is done. That was completed back at Hell In A Cell, and they are likely never going to face one another again.
Again…so now, what does WWE do?
It’s hard to think that Sting and The Undertaker will finally have their long-anticipated match because the former doesn’t appear ring-ready. His injury back at Night of Champions is one that took him out for quite some time, and it’s hard to believe he will be in any shape for that kind of match.
WWE can’t just choose anyone to face off with The Undertaker, especially at WrestleMania. It has to be someone who can have a good match with the legend, on the biggest stage of the entire year, and someone that can have the remote possibility of defeating the Deadman.
If no one has any belief at all that his opponent can beat him, then the build-up is absolutely pointless. This is a choice that needs to be made carefully, but very soon.
The Undertaker hasn’t been seen since his feud with The Wyatt Family in late November, but he needs to show back up soon. WrestleMania 32 is less than four months away and a feud build-up for him needs to begin before too long so there can be the proper set-up for an ultimate showdown.
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