Following his participation at Sunday’s Elimination Chamber, just what does the WWE booking team have in mind for John Cena?
Alas, Cena’s options are somewhat limited. He’s taken on Randy Orton too many times to count—if we never see those two face off in singles competition again, it’ll still be too soon. Nor has WWE done a very good job of building up fresh and credible challengers for him over the last couple of years.
But nonetheless, there are options for the star heading into WrestleMania. Let’s take a look at them.
As part of the build-up for Elimination Chamber, Cena and Cesaro faced off on Monday’s Raw. Easily the highlight of an otherwise patchy and mundane Raw, this was a fantastic bout filled with great moves and gripping near-falls. I’d even go so far as to call it the best match Cena has had since he returned to action after his torn triceps.
Could WWE see the bout as a reason to give Cesaro a promotion to the main event scene? Let’s hope so. The star deserves as much of a chance as anyone.
Sheamus returned from a serious shoulder injury at the Royal Rumble event last month, and while the Irish star is currently a babyface, it’s not difficult at all to see him turning heel soon. With Cena, Batista and Bryan, the company has more top babyfaces than it needs. Sheamus seems wasted as a good guy right now.
Assuming a heel turn does happen soon, could we see the two clash in the ring? It’s a fresh feud, if nothing else.
Unlike Daniel Bryan or The Big Show, John Cena has largely kept out of Triple H and The Authority's way. Even during Cena's feud with Orton last year, they didn't seem particularly out to get him. However, that could change at some point, and the former WWE champion will likely find himself in Triple H's cross hairs.
While a program between the two wouldn't be anything terrible new, they are both major stars and can be relied upon to prop up the ratings and pay-per-view business.
Judging by his disappointing crowd reactions over the past month, recently returned star Dave Batista could be turning heel soon enough.
If that is in fact the case, a program with John Cena seems likely. Considering the epic feud the two had in 2010—this scathing and utterly hilarious promo remains one of the best Batista has ever done—this could be one of the highlights of WWE television in 2014.
Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena at WrestleMania XXX has been in the works for several months, per recent reports (PWInsider via WrestlingInc). On paper, it sounds like a good idea. Wyatt is a blossoming star who can surely be helped by feuding with the company’s biggest name.
It’s not difficult to see this rivalry truly kicking off at the Elimination Chamber this Sunday. Could Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erich Rowan stage a run-in during the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match and cost Cena the belt?
Alternatively, Cena could leave Minneapolis victorious, and the belt could be on the line when he takes on Wyatt. This would at least help imbue their feud with more of a sense of importance.