ByFarbod Esnaashari, writer at
Farbod Esnaashari

Warfare. It’s the new big thing in right now, and there’s one match that needs to happen before it’s too late. needs to go against , and it needs to happen at . But, it can’t be a regular match, it needs to be for the WWE Title, and it needs to be the match John Cena finally turns heel.

Let’s look at how this whole match could be booked, starting from the .

At this year’s Royal Rumble, Undertaker goes against AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. It’s a match we’ve never seen before, and would easily fill up the Alamodome. You have Undertaker win the match against AJ Styles and make him the new WWE Champion for one final run. AJ Styles gets his rematch against Undertaker and loses because of interference. The interference could come from someone like Randy Orton or Bray Wyatt, setting AJ up for a WrestleMania match with a fresh opponent.

John Cena enters the fray after the Royal Rumble. You really push the fact that Cena wants to tie Ric Flair’s 16-time World Championship record. Let the record really consume Cena and show a different side of him. Subtly show a side of him that he’ll do anything it takes to win, that he really takes no half measures. Let Cena feel like it’s a rare chance that he’s not sure he’ll have again, a hint of desperation. The point that really needs to be hammered home is that this a different John Cena, one that is desperate and one that is consumed with Ric Flair’s record.

Cena's obsession
Cena's obsession

From Undertaker’s standpoint, his streak really needs to matter. It needs to be understood that beating Undertaker at Wrestlemania is still an incredibly daunting task. That 22 talented wrestlers tried to beat him and couldn’t. You still need to care about Undertaker losing again. Depending on how you want to book the match, you could really give Undertaker the aura of an old gunslinger. The old gunslinger with one final run him, who wants to prove he can handle the likes of John Cena.

It sets the match up for a storyline where Undertaker could put his career on the line against Cena. During the feud, Undertaker could play mind-games with Cena and get in his head about how Cena doesn’t have what it takes anymore. What really needs to be stressed, though, is how significant the match still is, and that it’s not 3 years too late.

This brings the question, why does this match need to happen? These two haven’t gone against each other in a PPV since 2003, and it’s one of the last fresh feuds Cena has. In my opinion, it’s the most significant way you could have a match between Undertaker and Cena. You’re firmly invested in: who is champion, Taker’s last title run, Cena possibly turning heel and Cena tying Ric Flair’s record. That’s four different storylines meshed into one match.

This match is also the best way of turning Cena heel, assuming that’s still in the cards. Other than his feud against The Rock, there hasn’t been a significant enough moment to turn Cena heel. Cena turning needs to be one of the biggest moments in WWE history; it needs to be Hulk Hogan dropping a leg on Macho Man level of memorable.

This is the perfect situation because Cena's going against Undertaker, he’s going against the streak, and he’s going against Ric Flair’s record. People are going to boo Cena no matter what when he ties Ric Flair’s record, so make the moment as memorable as possible. Have Cena give Undertaker everything he’s got, and then slowly realize he may not have what it takes to win his 16th championship. Cena then decides to finally cheat to win, and throws away his own moral code, because tying the record means more.

Where were you the night Cena turned heel? Where were you the night Undertaker ended his career? Where were you the night Cena tied Ric Flair’s record? All of these questions can be answered with one answer: WrestleMania 33. The night “you can’t see me” died, because on that night we could all see Cena.


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