Backstage News on Post-WrestleMania Plans for John Cena

Daniel Van BoomAnalyst IIApril 4, 2013


The biggest wrestling event of the year is only a few days away, but word has circulated on WWE's plans for its top star after WrestleMania season concludes.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (
via, officials have been discussing a John Cena vs. Ryback feud:

"WWE officials have discussed having Ryback feud with John Cena for the WWE Title after WrestleMania 29. WWE planted the seeds for the feud when Cena eliminated Ryback to win the Royal Rumble this year."

This raises two interesting points.

First, it confirms what many figured was a foregone conclusion; that Cena will be walking out of WrestleMania 29 as WWE champion.

There is still a chance that The Rock retains at ‘Mania and defends the title against Cena again and drops it to him at Extreme Rules. 

Either way, we can expect Cena to be WWE champion whenever his program with The Rock is over.

Secondly, does this mean we can expect a heel turn from either superstar? Cena has had a little more angst than usual in recent promos, as WWE has been teasing us with a long awaited heel turn.

Make no mistake, it's a long shot, but we could see that heel turn on April 7.

If not, perhaps Ryback will turn heel after his rivalry with Mark Henry concludes. 

The alternative to those two plans would be to book a babyface versus babyface feud, but that would be a bad move on WWE’s part.

It’s hard to see them booking a babyface Cena to lose clean to Ryback, which may be okay usually, but Ryback hasn't won a pay-per-view match in almost six months.

Pushing him into another feud that he can't come out on top of wouldn't be smart—unless he’s a heel and can use nefarious tactics to get a dirty win or lose to garner heat.

Overall though, this idea is exciting. Technically minded fans will surely be turned off by the thought of a Cena vs. Ryback match, but having WWE's two supermen face off could result in a compelling feud. 

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