WrestleMania 31 is now less than seven days away and, as the WWE continues to build up to their biggest event of the year, there is an interesting development concerning the John Cena vs Rusev match for the US Title.
If reports today are to be believed then it looks like Lana, Rusev's partner in crime and a key part of his gimmick, will be appearing at Levi's Stadium after all.
Comeback for 'Mania
With Lana having been expected to miss the event due to other WWE commitments (she has been filming for WWE Studios) this would be a major blow for John Cena fans hoping to see the Superstar crush Rusev's unbeaten streak.
The importance of Lana to the Rusev character can't be underestimated. It was clear for all to see on last week's RAW where, without his female associate, Rusev was left with a "Russian lawyer" sidekick who was quickly ridiculed by the crowd who began to chant for Lana to appear. Her presence beside Rusev suggests the WWE are going all out for the 'Bulgarian Brute.'
The female star was widely expected to miss WrestleMania as she continued filming for her part in an upcoming WWE movie but reports have revealed that WWE seamstress Sandra Grey has in fact been talking up a new outfit she is designing for Lana specifically for WrestleMania XXXI.
The WWE's change of plan regarding Lana adds to the intrigue surrounding the Cena vs Rusev match up that is for sure.
Only last week a leaked WWE casting call revealed that the company were looking for people to play the part of "Russian soldiers," suggesting that Rusev is being granted an impressive entrance as he looks to defeat John Cena.
Keeping their options open
Now with Lana set to be his side too there will inevitably be speculation as to whether he can outdo the WWE's top Superstar on the grandest stage of them all.
At present though it looks like even Vince McMahon doesn't know which way this one will pan out just yet. Some feel a Cena win will satisfy the huge audience set to watch to the event. Others though want to see Rusev come out on top so as to sustain his current push.
What is clear though is that, in ensuring Lana is there to return Rusev to his most ominous, the WWE are leaving all options open ahead of the big night.
What do you think WWE fans? Who do you want to see come out on top, Rusev or John Cena? Is it time for Cena to step aside? Let us know in the comments section below...
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