John Cena vs. Rusev Announced for 2015 Fast Lane PPV

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2015

WWE 2K15 cover Superstar John Cena attends the WWE 2K15 SummerSlam Confidential Panel at Club Nokia, on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for 2K/AP Images)
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After the two confronted during the 2015 Royal Rumble post-show, John Cena and Rusev will be facing off in the ring for the first time.

The WWE announced a match between the two will take place at Fast Lane:

After the Rumble ended, Cena was being interviewed about his loss in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Rusev then interrupted the 15-time world champion, and the two had to be separated by fellow superstars.

For all intents and purposes, it looked to be the start of a Cena-Rusev feud, and that is indeed the direction WWE is going.

Most likely, the match at Fast Lane will only be the setup to a bigger, more important match at WrestleMania 31. WWE would be foolish to make this match a one-off at a minor pay-per-view, especially with WrestleMania right around the corner.

In a way, the company has been building to this ever since Rusev's debut. He's been booked as an unstoppable monster, and only one guy stops unstoppable monsters not named Brock Lesnar: Cena.

It's anybody's guess as to how WWE will book the feud. Most expected Bray Wyatt to get the better of Cena at WrestleMania XXX, so Wyatt's momentum took a nosedive following the defeat. The angle itself was generally underwhelming and did Wyatt no favors.

A win over Cena at WrestleMania would be huge for Rusev and firmly establish him as one of the top heels in WWE. A loss, meanwhile, would likely mean a Wyatt-like fall into a creative abyss.

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