As of now, John Cena only has one WrestleMania plan going forward — to win the WWE Championship at Fastlane on Sunday. However, if Cena’s upcoming schedule provides a hint into whatever WWE has planned for him, there’s a good chance that he’s not defending that title next month.
The sleuths over at Wrestling Inc did a little math involving the upcoming schedule for Cena, which at this point only shows him working Raw-branded events all the way until WrestleMania. Which makes the WWE Championship match a little more anticlimactic, depending on how one decides to look at it.
Cena not winning the title clears the decks not only for his rumored match with the Undertaker at WrestleMania, but likely telegraphs an AJ Styles win as well — which means a date with Shinsuke Nakamura, as hoped for and promised. However, if Cena is unable to bring the Undertaker out of his semi-imposed exile/retirement, it remains to be seen who the dance partner for Cena will be.
The other interesting tidbit about Cena’s post-WrestleMania schedule? He’s not scheduled for ANYTHING past the Raw after WrestleMania. And he hasn’t been featured on any of the SummerSlam promotional materials that have been released or leaked thus far. He can always be added to any and all events, of course, but the fact that he’s not lined up to be part of anything from April 10 on is pretty dang interesting.
It stands to reason that the face of WWE has to be involved in WrestleMania, even if Cena’s acting career is really starting to take off. While the idea of a Goldust/Cena program would be absolutely awesome, as shown on this week’s Monday Night Raw, the public knows there’s not a chance of it actually happening.
So Cena’s dance card is light at the moment, and for another year Cena appears to be out of the title picture on WrestleMania Sunday. What no one knows is how that dance card gets filled, and whether it’s the Undertaker. We’ll see what becomes of all of this, and if WrestleMania week is really the last we’ll be seeing of John Cena for a while. (Again.)