Former WWE United States and World Heavyweight Champion John Cena has been out of action for the better part of the last five months. Initially, Cena took time off back in the fall to film a reality show, and on his way out, he dropped the United States Championship to Alberto Del Rio. Then, Cena suffered a significant shoulder injury following his return in December, which may end up causing him to miss this April’s WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium.
John Cena has been able to return much sooner than expected from pretty significant injuries in the past, and WWE is hoping that he’ll do the same with this injury.
According to Cageside Seats, there are many within WWE who are hoping that Cena will return in time, and be able to compete at WrestleMania 32, and if he does, he may end up facing The Undertaker, which is a match that has been rumored for several months now.
“There is at least some hope that John Cena can recover in time to do a match with Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. So maybe all the Braun Strowman talk ultimately won’t matter, though there’s also talk of Undertaker doing a tag match that does involve Strowman.”
The tag-team match that the report is referring to was talked about by Bryan Alvarez on Wednesday’s Wrestling Observer Live. Basically, the idea is to have Undertaker team up with Big Show and Kane to take on Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Braun Strowman.
Alvarez also noted that WWE is considering having Braun Strowman win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. So if that’s the case, then a spot would be open for John Cena to take on The Undertaker.
There’s also some speculation that Undertaker won’t even agree to do a match with Strowman because of the latter’s inexperience. But over the years, there’s really been no evidence of Undertaker refusing to do something that Vince McMahon asked him to do, so it seems unlikely that he’d turn down any match that was offered to him.
Before John Cena was injured, there were really only two matches that were being talked about for him. One was against The Undertaker, and the other would see him taking on Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, with the idea that Cena would lose, and endorse Reigns as the new face of WWE.
If WWE was planning on doing John Cena vs. Roman Reigns at WrestleMania, they’ve clearly changed their mind, as it’s pretty clear that Reigns will be challenging Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the event.
Even if Cena isn’t able to wrestle on the show, there’s a good chance that he’ll at least appear at the show, because he will be in Dallas on WrestleMania Sunday.
Prior to the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, John Cena posted a photo of AJ Styles on his Instagram page. At the time, it was heavily rumored that Styles would be debuting in the Rumble match, which he ended up doing.
Styles ended up responding to Cena’s Instagram post by posting a photo of the fifteen time WWE World Heavyweight Champion on his own Instagram page.
Maybe the two of them posting photos of each other is an indication that they’ll be wrestling each other at some point, and as of this writing, there’s no clear opponent for Styles at WrestleMania 32, so if Cena can recover in time for the event, then the idea of Styles vs. Cena should be considered.
As of right now though, the idea is that Cena will wrestle The Undertaker if he’s able to return in time for WrestleMania 32. But, plans often do change in WWE, so they may go in a different direction even if Cena is able to wrestle on the show.
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