WWE Weighs Options for Cena's WrestleMania Opponent
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John Cena is slated to battle Austin Theory at WrestleMania 39, but the Hollywood star could have had a different opponent. Cena, a wrestling icon, aims to become a six-time United States Champion as he faces the current titleholder Austin Theory at this year's highly anticipated WrestleMania event.
Set to kick off the first night of the 'Showcase Of The Immortals,' the two competitors have already engaged in plenty of verbal sparring. Interestingly, Austin Theory has expressed considerable respect for John Cena's role in boosting the careers of young wrestlers.
A recent report from Fightful Select reveals that WWE had been contemplating various opponents for John Cena as far back as mid-2022. Austin Theory ultimately secured the opportunity, but several other wrestlers had been vying to work with the renowned star.
Top-tier talent within WWE began strategizing to partner with Cena for the WrestleMania event as soon as they learned of his potential involvement, especially since this will be his first singles match in front of a live audience since 2018.
Cena's WrestleMania Opponents Debated
Some individuals within WWE even pushed Cody Rhodes to face John Cena at one point. However, by August, it was practically sure that Rhodes would be pitted against Roman Reigns. Logan Paul was another contender considered for Cena's opponent, with plans tentatively sketched out in internal WWE documents during the fall.
Although Austin Theory had no specific plans then, by December, WWE had finalized the matchup between Theory and Cena, followed shortly by a confirmation of Seth Rollins versus Logan Paul. This year's event will mark Cena's first promoted singles match at WrestleMania in front of a live audience since his bout with Rusev.
In addition to the action-packed matches, the WrestleMania festivities include the Hall Of Fame Ceremony. John Cena recently shared his experiences of enjoying a drink with fellow elite class members at the ceremony, reflecting on the camaraderie and connections formed throughout his illustrious wrestling career.
As the anticipation builds for WrestleMania 39, fans eagerly await the face-off between John Cena and Austin Theory and the other thrilling matches unfolding during this spectacular event.