The Case for John Cena vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania XXIX

by Bad Booking


Wrestlemania has always been treated as a time of year where special matches can happen.

We’ve had a litany of ladder encounters, most of which had special stipulations added on.

Legends like Shawn Michaels have faced off against legends like The Undertaker.

We’ve also seen current full-time talent like John Cena face off against special attraction signings like The Rock.

For all the possible main event match-ups coming onto the horizon for Wrestlemania XXIX emanating from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, there is one match I am surprised the WWE isn’t pulling the trigger on.

The Undertaker vs. John Cena.

One man has represented the WWE in the best of times and the worst of times. His character receives more changes than Joan Rivers does plastic surgery. He’s a big, lean, MMA-fighting machine who has defied time and only has gotten better over the years.

The other man is the full embodiment of the WWE right now. A full-tme wrestler on the roster, more or less has been the main event for the last eight or nine years. He has done it all. Faced them all. Beaten them all.

With one notable exception.

Now you can say that these two men feuded briefly in 2003. This was back in the day where Cena was “WORD LIFE” rappin’, complete with throwback jerseys and gold chains. He had an attitude problem but was gaining popularity with the fans. Yes, he was actually, A HEEL?!?!?!?

This was also back in the day when Undertaker was a mortal human being. He rode a motorcycle, wore stinky leather, and was Big Evil American Badass. He was a veteran seeking respect but was also willing to give respect to where it was due. He was definitely a face then, face now, face grand majority of his career.

Sure the two swapped victories in 2003 with Undertaker winning at the Vengeance pay-per-view and John Cena on an episode of Smackdown.

That’s history however.

This is now.

John Cena is the face of the company. He traded rapper chains for a chain gang, and has a main event spot to prove it. For approximately the last decade he has been the one standing in attention on the roster. Multiple superman pushes left him in a spot all to himself on the card. His drawing power is so large that a meaningless match with Johnny Ace legitimately main evented a pay-per-view you spent $50 to watch! Sure he faced The Rock at Wrestlemania last year, and WWE most likely wants him to get his win back this year. That all feels stale and rehashed though.

Undertaker, who is an undead outlaw now, seems to be legitimately on his last legs. With news reports suggesting his body is hanging on by a thread, it would be behoove of the WWE to let the two biggest current superstars clash. Undertaker has had epic clashes with men like Shawn Michaels, Kane, Batista, Randy Orton, HHH, Edge and even Mark Henry in the last ten years. John Cena only seems like a natural opponent, given the accolades and acclaim deserved.

Like a Vince Russo fan fiction, both men can portray multiple shades of grey. There doesn’t have to be good, evil, benevolence or malevolence. Just two men who want to kick each others’ asses.

These two mythic icons of WWE lore can have at it with no creative restrictions. The crowd would eat that first stare-down before the bell rings as a definitive Wrestlemania moment.

For Undertaker, it would be the last pin on top of a definitive cap. Starting with Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who inspired 2013 Hall of Famer Mick Foley to have a wrestling career, and ending with Cena, the seemingly indestructible superhero.

21-0 with perhaps his last win being the biggest, no offense to either HBK or The Game.


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