WWE News: Miz & Maryse Mixing Real Life Into Angle With John Cena & Nikki Bella

Andy Slawecki - Author

Mar. 8 2017, Updated 5:31 a.m. ET

When John Cena first made his return to the WWE in December, the WWE Universe had already gotten a head start on speculating about his plans for WrestleMania. Initial plans did call for Cena to face the Undertaker, but they were scrapped by Vince McMahon when word got out too early, coupled with the fact that Vince felt that type of match wouldn’t benefit the future of the WWE.

WWE officials, of course, changed direction, putting the Deadman on WWE RAW with designs on eventually pairing him with Roman Reigns for April 2. Cena, meanwhile, would go on to win the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble, if only because he wanted to be the one to drop it to Bray Wyatt two weeks later rather than celebrate his historic 16th championship reign.

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When WWE fans first got a glimpse of the WrestleMania card just as we were turning the page on 2016. At the time, three matches were supposedly locked in place for the WWE’s Showcase of the Immortals. Interestingly enough, two of the three that were set in stone first are now in jeopardy. The match between Big Show and Shaquille O’Neal has been on-again, off-again while the long-awaited showdown between Triple H and Seth Rollins is on life support because of Rollins’ knee.

The lone match from those first three that continues to move forward as planned is the WWE Universal Championship bout between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. The rest of the card continued to leak out over the next few weeks with no signs of John Cena’s name. Until the final day of January. It was on that day that it was revealed that Cena’s new WrestleMania opponent had been set by WWE officials, but that fans wouldn’t be celebrating the idea.


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