Over the past 13 years, WWE has had one constant in their company, a guy that they could count on no matter what to lead them into the next chapter of their existence; that constant is John Cena. The 15 time WWE World Heavyweight Champion has appeared on 11 WrestleMania cards, wrestling every year since his WrestleMania debut in 2004. Why does any of this matter? Well Cena is missing his first Wrestlemania since becoming a mega star in the world of wrestling due to a shoulder injury, that has sidelined him since December.
The injury recovery, which required surgery to repair, was one of two periods of time that Cena had to miss time in the past six months; the first being personal vacation to film a reality television show. While the casual fan might not notice it, hardcore WWE fans must admit that the television product is actually worse without Cena.
Before you click out of this article, and read the “Top 12 Reasons John Cena Isn’t An All Time Great”, just think about Cena’s Summer series against Kevin Owens. In fact, think about Cena’s run as the United States Champion last year, where he was posting some of the best matches of his career. Most of the success that Cena had during that run was due to working with mid-card Superstars, or new fresh faces in the company.
The influx of new talent has certainly been kind to John Cena, and with even more stars being called up from NXT, there are endless opportunities for the leader of “Cenation” to hop right back into the scene in WWE. That’s why today we are going to be looking at the top 12 ideas for Cena when he comes back. As always leave your comments below, and share this with a friend to see if they have any different ideas than us.
12. Feud With Roman Reigns
Let’s knock the most predictable one out of the way first, Cena could just show up during the Reigns/Triple H match at WrestleMania 32. Truthfully this is the most WWE-esque choice of all listed here today, but it is completely possible considering their track record. Obviously Cena could cost Reigns the match, although since Cena can’t come back until July, this would only be planting the seeds.
This could build up to a “passing the torch” angle and set it up for WrestleMania 33 in Orlando. Cena could repeatedly sabotage Reigns’ matches, saying he’s not ready to let some other guy come in and take his spot. Then he puts Reigns over.
Hopefully this wouldn’t be reminiscent of when Ultimate Warrior was passed the torch from Hulk Hogan, only to have it thrown back at the Hulkster less than a year later.
11. Total Divas Storyline
It was recently revealed on Total Divas that Nikki Bella previously had a fling with Dolph Ziggler, prior to her relationship with John Cena. Bella and Cena’s status as a couple hasn’t even been acknowledged on WWE programming, but if it were, this would set up a great angle for Ziggler to receive a push to the main event.
Obviously the storyline would consist of the traditional love triangle angle that has been played out a dozen times before, but this time there would be an element of truth to it. For crying out loud, there is a show that is documenting two of the main players in this potential storyline, meaning all of that footage is fair game to use on Raw.
10. United States Championship…Again
Cena had a pretty good run right? Sure, he only held the United States Championship for five or so months, but man did it provide for some great matches. Cena proved that the Title isn’t what makes the guy, but rather it’s the Superstar that makes the Title. In his crusade in the mid-card, Cena was able to make guys like Zack Ryder, Stardust, Neville, Sami Zayn, and Cesaro look like Superstars.
Keep in mind that if Cena wasn’t holding the mid-card strap, none of these guys would have locked up with the face of the company. The thought of Cena holding the United States Title, or even the Intercontinental for that matter, would only benefit all of us in the long run.
9. Hosting The Global Cruiserweight Tournament
Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but wouldn’t it be cool if Cena used his new found hosting ability (Cena just filmed a reality show for Fox) to be the face of the upcoming Global Cruiserweight Tournament. The Tournament is only ten weeks long, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch for him to host while recovering, and it also would associate good wrestling with his name.
Despite what people may think, Cena is a draw, and if his name is attached to something, it will pull in more viewers. Moreover, if the show is a success, it subconsciously makes viewers associate good things with Cena’s presence. This could in turn be worked into his character.
8. Plant the Seeds on post-WrestleMania RAW
The biggest Raw of the year needs some surprises, so WWE should probably drop their biggest star into the card somewhere – either in the beginning or the end of the show. Specifically it’s hard to say where he could fit in, as the WWE is usually shaken up after WrestleMania every year. Regardless of where he shows up, his return would receive an enormous pop, even if he comes out to just deliver a promo. He could direct that promo at one of the big winners at WrestleMania and plant the seeds for when he comes back.