14-time World Champion John Cena met his match for WrestleMania XXX some time ago. The question is, will the match actually, or ever, take place?
Let’s go back in time a few years to the November 16, 2009 episode of RAW. It was here The Undertaker executed his tombstone piledriver on Cena in front of a packed Madison Square Garden audience. Those on hand sprung to their feet with excitement as Taker planted his West Newberry native peer on his head. The result was a booming eruption from the capacity crowd, yet they all left the world famous arena wondering why it happened.
We only assume the attack was for reasons greater than making jaws drop.
The obvious verdict was foreshadowing, planting seeds for a future confrontation with similar results.
Rumors have been running rampant regarding Undertaker’s next Mania opponent. Brock Lesnar has been mentioned most. The possibility of a “Dream Match” against Sting has gotten more than its fair share of chatter, and rightfully so. Rekindling his feud with Batista got its mentions as well. There were even reports Undertaker requested a program with Daniel Bryan.
John Cena faced his share of megastar opponents en route to cementing his place in WWE history. The multi-time champion from Massachusetts has locked up and defeated such greats as Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Big Show, and, most recently, The Rock on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Yet no one is better on that grandest stage than The Undertaker.
With a current record of 21-0 at WWE’s premier Pay Per View event, and having defeated Batista, Edge, Michaels and Triple H (two times each), and CM Punk in his past seven Mania matches, who’d make a better twenty-second adversary than franchise Superstar, John Cena? Naturally those Sting and Lesnar arguments are profoundly audible.
Here’s a better question: Who else would fans care to see Cena challenge? Both popular in their own circles, Cena and Undertaker have never squared off at this level, and Cena is clearly no stranger to mixed crowd reactions no matter the event. Cheers and boos often ring out across arena crowds simultaneously. Those conflicting opinions energize an audience.
When Undertaker faced Michaels at The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania the crowd was visibly split. Some hollered for The Deadman to remain undefeated while others were vocally willing HBK to do what no other professional wrestler had been able. Those fans in attendance believed Michaels could actually be the one to blemish The Undertaker’s perfect record.
The same would happen if Undertaker faced Cena. WWE obviously knows this. A match against Brock Lesnar would likely be a solid one. Taker facing Sting would be a dream come true. Heck, why not throw the insidious Bray Wyatt into the conversation too. Each of the aforementioned aside, especially Sting, Cena could very well be the best possible WrestleMania XXX opponent for Taker.
Looking back again, there is only one clear reason why The Undertaker executed his tombstone finisher on John Cena. It was to compose a message. For more than four years the writing has since been on the wall.
Quite possibly, though, WWE may never finish reading it to us.
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