For years now, WWE fans have been wondering if we will see veteran #JohnCena take on Phenom #TheUndertaker on the "Grandest Stage of Them All," #WrestleMania. And it's clear to see why — John Cena has been a cornerstone of the WWE for the past decade, while The Undertaker has carried the company for almost three. Moreover, the match was reportedly supposed to happen at WrestleMania last year, but Cena's injury prevented it from happening. Thus, it looked like it might just take place at this year's installment of the premiere event.
Rumors had suggested that the Deadman would return to take on AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at the #RoyalRumble, with the Phenom coming out victorious and then putting his title — and career — on the line against John Cena at WrestleMania 33. But Cena's long-awaited return on #SmackDownLIVE has decisively ended those rumors, as he will be the one challenging AJ Styles for the Championship at the Royal Rumble.
But that doesn't mean the match won't happen — in fact, I dare say this makes it even more likely. And it further highlights why it's essential that the Undertaker must win.
The Undertaker Must Never Lose At WrestleMania Again
Without a doubt — the Undertaker is WrestleMania. The man has defined the "Grandest Stage of Them All" for over 25 years, having gone undefeated at the event in 21 consecutive matches before his shocking loss to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX in 2014. His current record stands at 23-1 and it's imperative that it becomes 24-1 this year, whether he faces John Cena or not.
When the Phenom suffered that loss to #BrockLesnar in 2014, we were all stunned. And for a moment, it seemed like the career of the Undertaker was well and truly over. But like always, he surprised us and returned a year later — completely revitalized. And while none of us were happy with Lesnar's win, it pushed the Beast Incarnate up the food chain and turned him into the unstoppable monster he is today. And it's because of that, that the Undertaker must never lose at WrestleMania again.
Having the streak broken by one man has single-handedly elevated that man to superstardom in WWE and thus, it would totally destroy the infamous moment if it were to be replicated by a less believable individual like John Cena. Moreover, the Undertaker gave the Streak to Brock Lesnar, and having him lose again on the "Grandest Stage" would make him seem somewhat more easily beatable without it.
Like he said, WrestleMania will no longer define who he is, and because of this, he must never lose at the event again. It would destroy the aura around Brock Lesnar and disrespect the Legend who has given everything to the company. Moreover, it would highlight how out of touch the WWE has become, as this is something that few fans want to see.
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Cena Has Got Nothing Left To Prove
It's very easy to claim that the Undertaker should lose this match against Cena because he has got nothing left to prove. And it's true, after a 26 year long career with WWE, the Deadman has done it all, and in many people's eyes, there is nothing left for him. Thus, a loss to Cena wouldn't hurt his career. However, if you stop and think about it, Cena has got nothing to prove either. Having been in the exact same position for the past decade — the face of the company — Cena has also done it all, and thus has nothing left to accomplish.
With plenty of absences on WWE #TV recently, repetitive injuries and the possibility of a Hollywood career in the future, John Cena's consistently regular days are definitely behind him. And rightly so, like the Deadman, he has done so much for the WWE and deserves time away from the ring.
Both 'Taker and Cena are the last warriors left from their respective eras, and that puts them in virtually the same boat. The Undertaker is the Last Outlaw of the Golden/New Generation/Attitude Era, while Cena is one of the last trailblazers left from the Ruthless Aggression/PG Era. So one of these men doesn't need to put the other down or put the other over, they just need to fight to prove who truly is the Sheriff of WWE.
And as great as Cena is, when it comes to respect, longevity, accomplishments and success — nobody comes close to the Undertaker. He is the last remaining symbol of an era far superior to the one Cena represents, and that is just one of the many reasons why the Phenom deserves to triumph over John Cena.
The Undertaker Deserves One More Title Run
When we heard the rumors that AJ Styles would face the Undertaker at the Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship, it was practically a given that the Phenom would walk out victorious and take the title to WrestleMania. And many of us were thrilled as it meant that Undertaker would get one more well-deserved run with the championship.
However, now that Cena will be facing Styles instead, it's highly likely that he will get what he has been craving — his record-tying 16th World Championship. And if this is the case, there will be no reason for him to defeat the Undertaker at WrestleMania. In fact, the Deadman deserves the victory simply because he deserves one more run as World Champion.
Even if the Lord of Darkness ended up losing at WrestleMania, he would have succeeded in gaining one final title run. But now that Cena may very well head into their possible clash as champion, it's only fitting that the Undertaker be the one to walk out of it as WWE Champion.
The Undertaker is a former seven time champion, having defeated the likes of Hulk Hogan, Sycho Sid, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Batista, Edge and CM Punk to win the gold. Furthermore, he has won the Championship at WrestleMania three times previously, having become Champion at the event in 1997, 2007 and 2008. And winning the Championship one more time would be the icing on an already delicious cake.
With John Cena's official return leading to a WWE Championship match against AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble, all of us are left wondering where the Undertaker fits into the scenario. With rumors originally suggesting the the Phenom would defeat Styles at the event and carry the belt into WrestleMania against John Cena, we have to wonder what has happened to those plans and if the two icons will still end up squaring off. And the answer is quite simple — yes, they very well could. However, if the Undertaker and John Cena do end up facing each other at WrestleMania 33, it's important that WWE's resident Phenom walks out with the victory and the belt.
Having already sacrificed his undefeated Streak at the event to Brock Lesnar a few years ago, the Undertaker simply must not lose at WrestleMania ever again. Moreover, he may be only appearing semi-regularly due to his age and legendary status, but the same applies to Cena. Thus, this match shouldn't be seen as a current star putting yesterday's star out of his misery — it should be seen as two icons from different generations finally squaring off to see who is superior. And when all is said and done, there is only one person who can walk out with the victory and the belt — the Undertaker.
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