John Cena has had some ‘mammoth’ matches at WrestleMania during his 15-year stay on the WWE roster. This year, John Cena can be said to have been underused by WWE following his recent matches at New Orleans.
He has beaten Big Show, JBL, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Batista, The Rock and more, and he has even been involved in one of ‘Mania’s most tender moments. The mixed tag-team match against The Miz and Maryse at 33 can’t be considered a disappointment. however, it only existed to publicize Cena’s engagement to Nikki Bella and was clearly an emotional night for both.
This year could be emotional for different reasons, if WWE don’t get moving. Rumours that Cena will face a returning Rey Mysterio at ‘Mania 34 follow a similar hearsay on a “dream match” against The Undertaker. One thing has become clear: WWE themselves don’t seem sure how best to use Cena in New Orleans.
In this 2018, Cena’s role at WrestleMania has become a bit of an afterthought. As much as that must be disappointing to one of the promotion’s most loyal foot soldiers, this is far from the first time WWE have failed to come through for John on their biggest stage…
Daniel Bryan’s rise to the WWE Title and the end of The Undertaker’s long-running winning streak were the most memorable parts of WrestleMania XXX. Meanwhile, John Cena had to make do with routine win over Bray Wyatt in the midcard.
There was nothing especially wrong with the match, but it failed to make Wyatt look like WWE’s new headliner (they’d continue making Bray look foolish by sacrificing him to ‘Taker the very next year) and felt like a placeholder for Cena.
Fans in New Orleans, ironically the site of this year’s ‘Mania, never believed for one second that Wyatt had a chance against Cena. Devoid of tension, drama or the thrills and spills people have typically come to expect from major matches on the show, this one passed by without leaving an imprint.
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