|The Road to WrestleMania closed?|
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
Once again John Cena has come up short in finding his Road to WrestleMania. He failed to win the Royal Rumble in January, which would have insured him a shot at the Universal or WWE Champions. Cena lost his effort to be the number one contender for the Universal Championship after losing at Elimination Chamber in February. And it was seemingly 'strike three' for the16-time heavyweight champ when he couldn't win the gold in the six-pack challenge at Fastlane.
Where does this leave Cena for the biggest event of the year? I've got a few options in mind. Since 2004 Cena has been in a championship match or a high profile match at WrestleMania. Even in 2016 when he was out hurt, Cena appeared during the Rock's impromptu match against Erik Rowan. Cena is as much a part of WrestleMania as Superstars like Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan and the Undertaker.
Speaking of the Dead Man, he's my first option for Cena. I'll admit I don't like how WWE ended last year's show with Undertaker losing to Reigns and the unanswered questions about Taker's future. But Undertaker seems to be the most logical choice in this scenario. He's the one guy who Cena hasn't faced on the big stage. Even with the Streak long broken, in my 1-2-3 cents this would still be a compelling match and if they don't push Undertaker past the limit the work rate will be great.
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I would have much rather seen Bobby Lashley enter and win the Royal Rumble and go on to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, I think the former ECW Champion coming in to do battle with Cena could be epic. I know Lashley is no spring chicken in the business, but he has come a long way since leaving WWE a decade ago. There's still plenty of gas in the tank and Lashley facing Cena (win, lose or draw) at WrestleMania would be an amazing comeback and boost to his career.
NXT is full of great talent. Usually, a handful of Superstars are called up to the main roster at the Raw after WrestleMania. However, how great would it be to see one of these men come up early and face the biggest Superstar of them all on the grandest stage of them all? Admittedly, I don't watch NXT like I should. If I was forced to pick someone, I'd go with Buddy Murphy. I know he's on 205 Live at the moment, but this guy looks like a million bucks and I like the 'best-kept secret' gimmick they're doing with him. Cena could come out on Raw and complain about not having an opponent and then Murphy bursts onto the scene and reveals the secret is out and he's ready for Cena. I know the likelihood of this happening is next to null, but it would be something unexpected and give an up-and-comer the ultimate rub.
Who do you think Cena should face at WrestleMania? Weigh in here.
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