At the Grandest Stage of WrestleMania 39, before Austin Theory faced his idol, John Cena, several other talents were considered for the position. Due to the pandemic, Cena did not have a live audience for his last WrestleMania match, which took place in 2020 against Bray Wyatt.
His past singles match before a group occurred in 2018 against the Funeral director. When news of Cena's return to WrestleMania 39 broke last year, several wrestlers touted themselves as potential opponents. Austin Theory lost his third WrestleMania match by defeating Cena with an illegal move.
Although other wrestlers had been considered for the match, fans were not pleased.
Other Contenders for John Cena Match
According to dirt sheets, Cena's internal rivals, including Cody Rhodes, were being discussed. Following Rhodes' triumphant return at WrestleMania 38, the WWE Universe eagerly anticipated a match between Cena and Rhodes.
WWE management thought that Rhodes could be a good opponent for John Cena. When Rhodes sought the top title, Logan Paul became a potential competitor. After their backstage segment on June 27, 2022, Austin Theory had already hinted at a WrestleMania match with Cena.
Even as a reaction to the idea, Logan Paul almost met the sixteen-time World Champion. Eventually, the arrival of the WWE 2K23 Computer game demonstrated that Austin Hypothesis would get the open door. Cena made an emotional comeback on Raw before WrestleMania 39, accepting Austin Theory's challenge and dominating him on the mic.
Additionally, Cena thanked Cody Rhodes, who joined him on the ramp. Cena appeared to say, "I can't promise that," during the touching exchange between the two. Rhodes admitted in an interview with Stadium Astro that if Cena ever decided to wrestle again, he had asked for a match.
"I was telling him if he ever does another match, I would like to work with him," Rhodes stated, "and I think you could hear him pretty well." "I can't promise that," he says. I thanked him incessantly because I did not want to focus on myself then.