With this week's Monday Night Raw once again focusing on the supposedly "epic" rivalry between Randy Orton and John Cena, it's clear that John Cena needs to move on from what simply doesn't garner the audience interest as WWE would like for it to.
It seems that Orton and Cena are intended to be a parallel to The Rock and Stone Cold, two top stars of the Attitude Era who crossed paths several times over the course of their careers. However, Orton and Cena have faced off so many times that there is nothing special about the matchup anymore. A stare down between the two at the 2011 Royal Rumble left fans cold, and audience response to their match at this year's Rumble speaks for itself.
With WrestleMania fast approaching, Cena needs to move on to a more interesting feud, and quickly. If Orton retains his title at the Elimination Chamber, then his match with Batista for the belt has a rather obvious trajectory, but Cena, on the other hand, has had little interaction with anyone other than Orton in quite a while.
It seems that his WrestleMania opponent will be Bray Wyatt, based on the fact that the Wyatt Family interfered in Cena's match at the Rumble, costing him the victory. However, other than that, Cena and The Wyatts haven't had very much to do with one another.
A match with Cena at the biggest show of the year could indeed be a star-making opportunity for Wyatt—but not if it doesn't have a lengthy and considerable build. As a character, Wyatt works best when he gets under the skin of his opponent. A feud between him and Cena has the capacity to work very well, but it needs the time to brew and showcase Wyatt's promos as he battles an established main eventer.
Bray Wyatt v. John Cena could be a great feud and a great WrestleMania match. Just for the fact that it's a fresh matchup makes it far more appealing than seeing Cena battle Orton once again. However, whilst The Wyatts currently have their hands full with The Shield, the time is now to start laying the seeds for a match with Cena at WrestleMania—if this is indeed the plan.
It's not impossible to imagine that John Cena will face someone entirely different at WrestleMania. Taking on The Undertaker's streak would no doubt be a banner match, as Cena is one of the select few who could legitimately worry fans that the streak would be broken. Similarly, it's not entirely out of the question that Cena could pick up the title in the Elimination Chamber and go on to meet Batista.
Who should Cena face at WrestleMania?
Whatever path the WWE wants to put Cena on in the build to WrestleMania, the key is that he needs to get moving towards a match soon. For someone who, for better or worse, is one of the biggest stars and a constant focus of WWE programming, any WrestleMania match should feel like a conclusive event—not something that came together in a couple of weeks before the show.
Who do you think John Cena should face at WrestleMania? Leave your thoughts in the comments.