What's Next for Randy Orton and John Cena After Royal Rumble?

Erik BeastonFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 7, 2017


For two of World Wrestling Entertainment's most recognizable and decorated Superstars, Sunday's Royal Rumble was the culmination of the latest chapter in their long and storied rivalry, not to mention the beginning of their individual roads to WrestleMania XXX.

In one of the most interesting (for all of the wrong reasons) and eventful WWE title matches in recent memory, champion Randy Orton defeated challenger John Cena to successfully retain his WWE World Heavyweight Championship following interference from the Wyatt Family.

With the biggest show of the year on the horizon and an Elimination Chamber pay-per-view coming up on February 23, the next two months figure to be very busy for the two competitors.

What will those months entail for each Superstar?

Let's take a look.



John Cena

Cena's post-Royal Rumble activities are far more predictable than Orton's.

On Monday Night Raw, Cena earned the right to compete in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE championship in four weeks. Joining him in that title match will be champion Orton, Sheamus and Daniel Bryan, with the final two competitors to be revealed at a later time.

At the same time, the enigmatic Wyatt Family remains a thorn in the leader of the Cenation's side, as was evidenced at the end of the six-man tag team main event that capped of Raw.

Expect to see Cena hang around the title picture for at least the next month, all the while dealing with the persistent threat of the Wyatts.

He will likely fall short of accomplishing his goal of capturing his 15th heavyweight title before focusing his full attention on Bray and a WrestleMania match between the two, a match that could very well catapult Wyatt into the stratosphere of main event talent.



Randy Orton

The Viper's path to the Showcase of the Immortals is far less clear than his Rumble opponent's.

He is the current WWE world heavyweight champion but will defend his title inside the Elimination Chamber with no promise that he will escape with the title intact. If he does not, that makes his path to WrestleMania a much more difficult one to predict.

If he does, a showdown with former Evolution teammate Dave Batista for the title awaits him on April 6.

Whether that match would be a strictly singles contest or would feature another Superstar such as Daniel Bryan remains to be seen.

Without the title, Orton likely free-falls down the WrestleMania card and competes against a second-tier star such as Sheamus.