Everyone around the wrestling world thought that WWE would have “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt going into WrestleMania 36 as a champion. That won’t end up being the case, as Goldberg defeated him for the Universal Championship at Super ShowDown and all plans appear to have changed. Still, Vince McMahon is of the belief that the match he has in mind for The Fiend will be big enough on its own without any gold on the line.
Goldberg’s title win at the event in Saudi Arabia shocked a lot of people as everyone kind of thought he was only returning for a one-off appearance. Now, the rumors for WrestleMania 36 have Goldberg defending his newly-won belt against Roman Reigns while Wyatt is heading off in an entirely different direction.
The rumors for WrestleMania 36 have changed a lot in the last 24 hours, with John Cena reportedly being next in line for The Fiend. Original speculation had Cena returning to WWE to start up a program with Elias for the big pay-per-view, but that appears to have been altered.
According to a tweet from Brad Shepard of Pro Sports Extra, Vince McMahon has absolutely no problem with Cena vs. Wyatt at WrestleMania 36. As he explained, the big boss of WWE sees that contest as being on the same level as the championship matches on the card.
Additionally, the report stated that Wyatt isn’t involved in a title match at the PPV because his Fiend character is “shot.” Per a follow-up tweet from Shepard, the WWE source for Pro Sports Extra went on to say that Wyatt has already “lost all [the] momentum” that he’s gained over the last year.
Ever since his return with the new gimmick, Wyatt has been dominant on Monday Night Raw, and later on Friday Night SmackDown. He’s been shown as almost totally unbeatable and almost invincible at times, and that was still how he was ostensibly booked against Goldberg as well.
During the match, Wyatt got back up from spear after spear delivered by Goldberg and was only finished off by a Jackhammer. The Fiend had been built up very strong for a long time, and that may be why his rumored bout with Cena is reportedly being seen on such a high level.
Cena has not wrestled since January 2019 and prior to today, hadn’t been seen on WWE television since last summer. Now, he’s returning to Friday Night SmackDown and likely to start a program with Wyatt for a match at WrestleMania 36, but only time will tell if those rumors are true.