John Cena and Rusev started their rivalry like most of us thought they would. Cena lost without truly losing, similar to Jack Swagger last year. At WWE Fast Lane, the two went at it and Cena looked like he would be able to take down the Bulgarian Brute. However, like everyone before him, he was beaten by Rusev. Now, Cena wants a rematch of which the United States Champion does not want to give him.
According to Daily Wrestling News, the two are set for a gimmick match at WrestleMania 31. The rumor going around is that it is set to be an “I Quit” match, which would be a match Cena has never lost in his WWE career. A possible addition is that if Cena wins, he gets the U.S. title, but Rusev would want to end his career thus setting up a career versus title scenario. However, this is not yet confirmed.
WWE has led us to this conclusion however, as they have had Rusev continue to talk of John Cena being old and past his time. He has also continued to tell us that Cena is not worthy of a U.S. title when Cena is a 15-time WWE and World Heavyweight Champion. Rusev has also given multiple matches to several in the past, including the likes of Jack Swagger.
The only way the Rusev character would most likely agree to this match with Cena is if he could end his career at WrestleMania. While it does seem like a foregone conclusion Cena would win at WrestleMania regardless of this stipulation, this would almost guarantee a win for Cena….or would it? WWE has put a WWE Superstar’s career on the line three times in the last decade. Two times, the person who had their career on the line lost. Those two men were Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. The other who won was Triple H when he faced Brock Lesnar.
Unlike Flair and Michaels, Cena is by no means ready to retire. Some would argue Flair and HBK weren’t either.
Most believe Cena will most likely win to kill this streak of career enders and win at WrestleMania. It makes sense for him to do so, as it would allow for WWE to get the U.S. title off of Rusev and have him move up a bit. However, many do wonder where Rusev can go once he is finally defeated. Most believe he is only workable due to his winning streak and like Goldberg before him, he could have issues once he loses.
Whether or not he will is up in the air, however most question this as Rusev is only of value currently due to a streak that will one day end. Without it, what is he but another wrestler?
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