Now that WrestleMania 29 is over and John Cena has beat The Rock and walked away with the WWE Championship, the questions about which superstar the new champ will work a program with now has fans speculating about what could be next.
There is little doubt that Cena will eventually have to face The Rock once again in the rubber match of the duo’s extended feud, but that could be something that happens at WrestleMania 30 for all we know.
All of the following names will be possibilities for Cena coming out of WrestleMania 29 and leading into the next pay-per-view, Extreme Rules.
After evening the career series against The Rock Sunday night at WrestleMania, the best way to put the final wrap on the duo’s feud would be allowing Cena to defend his title in the former champion's guaranteed rematch.
The hope is that final match occurs at Extreme Rules.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc.), The Rock is currently scheduled to be at the WWE’s next PPV in May, and a resolution to the battle with Cena would be a great addition to the secondary show.
While there will be a contingent of fans and WWE officials that will want to save the third installment of this storied feud for WrestleMania 30, there are too many other dream matches for the WWE to invest yet another main event in this bout.
This feud should end right away, with Cena getting another clean win and quieting the doubters once again.
As much as a final resolution to the Cena vs. Rock battle is what most of the WWE Universe wants—on the principle that it will end the feud for good—there is a chance that the champion’s next major feud could come against budding star, Ryback.
Both men are still face, but Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc.) is reporting that WWE officials are seriously considering a Cena/Ryback program for the championship:
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.
Cena needs a first title defense that makes him look invincible once again, and there is no man that looks stronger in the WWE right now than Ryback.
While a loss for the budding star wouldn’t help his momentum, challenging Cena and the mainstream notoriety that comes with fighting the face of the company would be a huge rub despite the imminent loss.
If most of the top names have pre-written storylines or will be working other programs, the perfect short-term feud for Cena would be against Dolph Ziggler.
Instead of allowing Ziggler to wallow alone in holding pattern feuds while the company figures out when to let him cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase, rekindling the feud between Cena would help each man stay relevant while other storylines wrap up.
Ziggler would have to eventually lose the culminating match for the title to Cena, but the fact that he would challenge for the WWE Championship at all would help lend credibility to his run as champion when he eventually cashes-in.
As for Cena, Ziggler’s ability and willingness to sell in the ring would be the perfect opening feud for the champion’s latest title reign.
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