Although he’s currently on another hiatus from a WWE ring, fans are still waiting to see what the company has in store for John Cena when he returns.
As of this writing, the 16-time world champion isn’t booked for the SmackDown-exclusive Money in the Bank event, and his status for SummerSlam is currently up in the air as well.
You can be sure of one thing, though, as long as he’s healthy, Cena will compete at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans next year.
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Numerous plans changed for him this year, as it was initially thought he’d battle The Undertaker.
However, several nixed ideas later we witnessed Roman Reigns defeat The Phenom, while Cena and Nikki Bella picked up a victory against The Miz and Maryse.
While it’s simply too early to confirm any matches for the event next year, The Inquisitr’s new report claims that Cena could be in store for an epic clash at WrestleMania 34 – against Shinsuke Nakamura.
The King of Strong Style will make his highly anticipated main roster debut at the Backlash event, and it’s been strongly claimed that the reason he’s on the blue brand is because WWE will give him a big babyface push, essentially replacing Cena while he’s away from the company.
AJ OR CENA?
The source is claiming that this is a feud WWE could look to have as SmackDown’s marquee match in 2018 as the story sells itself; Nakamura took Cena’s top spot while he was away and as Cena has said in the past, he’s not ready to roll over for the new talent just yet.
However, that’s not the only opponent that’s reportedly been discussed.
The same source is claiming that another attractive option could see Nakamura battle AJ Styles, which would be a rematch from their epic Wrestle Kingdom 10 encounter last year in Japan.
This is a feud fans have been calling for ever since both men signed with the company, and excitement went through the roof when they found out that Nakamura was going to SmackDown LIVE, and The Phenomenal One was staying put following the superstar shake-up as well.
Nakamura and Styles is probably the safer bet as if they’re given enough time, it could arguably be one of the greatest in-ring contests WWE has ever had as they share unique chemistry.
It was speculated that this feud could even be for the WWE Championship and although plans continue to change every week in the company, it’s refreshing to hear that Nakamura is somebody they’re reportedly building around and could play a big role programming in the coming year.
Before that, though, he may even face Randy Orton for the gold.
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