For many, The Undertaker vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 33 is a dream match in the making, but the reality remains that it has yet to be confirmed. In fact, nobody knows for sure whom ‘Taker will be facing at WrestleMania 33, or if he will even be wrestling at the event, though the odds of the latter seem to have increased as of late. But what kind of match should the “Deadman” be taking part in at WWE’s biggest event of the upcoming year, a WrestleMania that may very well be his last in more than 25 years with the company?
Earlier this week, the Inquisitr reported that The Undertaker will be returning to WWE programming on the November 15 episode of SmackDown Live at the Mohegan Sun Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. This would help commemorate the show’s 900th episode, and there has been a lot of speculation as to what he may be doing on the show.
Will ‘Taker be taking part in an angle related to current storylines, as WrestlingNewsWorld suggested? Will he be teasing a match at a future pay-per-view, or, to be more precise, teasing what to expect at WrestleMania 33? Justin LaBar of WrestleZone and Upgruv expects the latter scenario, and he believes it could all lead to Undertaker vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 33, with one key stipulation involved in that match.
Writing for the two aforementioned publications on Saturday, with the Upgruv piece providing the full details, LaBar cooked up a fantasy booking scenario where the stakes would substantially be raised for both men involved in the potential dream match. According to LaBar, the loser of Undertaker vs. Cena at WrestleMania 33 “should get lost,” meaning the match should come with a “loser leaves town” stipulation in his scenario.
For LaBar, this proposed match comes at a perfect time for Undertaker, whose last two WrestleMania matches weren’t anything to write home about. After seeing his WrestleMania win streak broken by Brock Lesnar in 2014, he defeated Bray Wyatt in 2015 and Shane McMahon in 2016, but LaBar believes those two wins didn’t live up to the expectations that come with an Undertaker match at WWE’s biggest pay-per-view of the calendar year.
Timing is one thing working for this potential match, and so is workload, or lack thereof. The Undertaker and John Cena may head into WrestleMania 33 as part-time performers, with ‘Taker having worked on a part-time capacity for the past several years. Cena, on the other hand, is arguably heading toward that status, as he is currently on an extended break from wrestling. At 39 years old, Cena is 12 years younger than ‘Taker, but he’s reaching that point in his career where he may be more valuable to WWE outside the ring than he is inside.
With all that in mind, LaBar believes that a loser-leaves-town stipulation would be a plausible one for audiences, and one where they may be left guessing as to who’s going to end up victorious.
“Recently, I took to Twitter with the possibility of an Undertaker-Cena match at WrestleMania 33. Some responses contended an Undertaker loss would be too predictable because WWE still needs Cena. Others suggested (Vince) McMahon would not want Undertaker losing a last match, and losing to ‘Taker wouldn’t damage Cena’s stature.
“That’s what is known as a split crowd, folks. And that’s what makes this potential match perfect.”
WrestleMania 33 is still a good five months away. So many twists and turns may happen in current storylines, and future storylines will also play a part in the run-up to the big PPV event. As such, it’s still too soon to think about the possibility of Undertaker vs. John Cena in a retirement match at WrestleMania 33. But as LaBar noted, such a match just might be “best for business” as far as WWE’s bottom line is concerned.
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