Plenty of rumors are hinting at John Cena squaring off against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 34 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The expectation is that Cena will challenge The Deadman to a match when they both appear at next week’s Raw 25th Anniversary Show.
There are pros and cons to a possible match. Cena and Undertaker are two of the biggest wrestling names in the 21st century, and both have put on careers that’ll put them into the WWE Hall of Fame someday.
Should the two icons really go face-to-face? Here are three reasons for it, and two why fans should hope it doesn’t happen.
5. Needs To Happen: WWE Owes It To Us
There is simply nothing in sports entertainment that compares to seeing The Undertaker at WrestleMania. His legacy is built on the impressive 21-0 streak, before Brock Lesnar ended it at WrestleMania XXX.
But let’s be honest, ‘Taker’s last three matches on the grandest stage have been mediocre at best. His match against Bray Wyatt at Levi Stadium was less-than-exciting, as fans were clamoring for a dream bout against Sting.
His Hell in a Cell match against Shane McMahon lacked any excitement and chemistry, minus the latter’s jump from the top of the cell. And last year’s match against Roman Reigns? Bo-ring. Bad quality. Bad storyline. Bad build-up. All of it.
The creative team has to make it up to us fans, and giving a premier name like Cena to face Undertaker is the way to do it.
4. Need To Drop It: Cena Isn’t The Guy Anymore
Even though he was the face of the WWE for 10 years, the fact remains that John Cena hasn’t been “the guy” for a few years now. The likes of Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have become the co-faces of WWE.
So would Undertaker vs. Cena really that big of a deal? This match would have been more epic and hyped up 5-to-10 years ago. Cena is only a part-time performer now, with an unknown future in the wrestling industry.
It may be a better idea to have Undertaker face one of the big names of today, like Styles or Rollins. Would you really be as excited for Cena and Undertaker the way you would have been in 2010?
3. Needs To Happen: DREAM Match
But at the end of the day, these are two of the biggest names in WWE history. Even if it would have been a better match 10 years ago, Cena vs. Undertaker is must-see television. Think about all the championships they’ve won. All the pay-per-views they’ve headlined. And you’re telling me they’ll finally square off one-on-one?
Hulk Hogan and The Rock put on a historic match at WrestleMania X8, even though the former was at the end of his wrestling prime and needed his opponent to oversell the attacks. Sting and Triple H was also a thriller at ‘Mania three years ago, even though they were 56 and 45, respectively.
So even if Cena (40), and Undertaker (53), are up there in age, why not give them the match? Cena is the last major opponent of the Ruthless Aggression Era that Undertaker has yet to face on the Grandest Stage of Them All. It’s a dream match for the ages.
2. Need To Drop It: Quality of Match
Okay…but did you see how boring and unexciting the Reigns vs. Undertaker match was at last year’s WrestleMania? No flow, no drama, no edge-on-your-seat moments. Just Reigns dominating and embarrassing The Phenom.
With all due respect for Cena, he never was the greatest in-ring wrestler. Not even close. Now that he’s 40 and has dealt with shoulder injuries, it’s hard to envision Cena suddenly upping his match quality from here on out.
Cena vs. Taker sounds appetizing because of the two marquee names. But if the athletically-gifted Reigns couldn’t make his match against ‘Taker the least bit entertaining, what makes you think Cena can do it?
1. Needs To Happen: The Perfect Send-Off
According to the rumors, Cena is to challenge Undertaker for “one more match” at the Raw 25th Anniversary show. And if the match does happen, you truly have to think this is The Deadman’s last run.
We thought he was retired after losing to Reigns last year. It just didn’t feel like the right send-off, because, well, Reigns is not the guy who should retire the wrestling legend. And definitely not in such dominant fashion.
If there’s one guy to send The Undertaker into retirement, it’s Cena. Both have been ultra loyal to the business for years. They defined the WWE in the post-Steve Austin and Rock era. They are the two biggest names of the WWE in the past 15 years.
Win or lose, Undertaker’s send-off match should be a bout against Cena. It just feels like the right opponent and the right time for it. Have one guy win, have them embrace and see The Undertaker walk off in proper fashion this time.
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