John Cena was supposed to be The Undertaker’s WrestleMania 32 opponent

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One of the most exciting time of the year is when the WWE eventually reveal the lucky individual that’ll be standing opposite The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

Over the years we have had some incredible feuds which culminated in fantastic matches, but this year many felt like there was an anti-climax when Shane McMahon was revealed as The Phenom’s opponent.


Obviously, the excitement was there regarding Shane’s return after so many years away from the WWE, but you couldn’t help but feel that it was rushed, despite some brilliant spots we saw during the match.


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The situation also wasn’t helped by the fact that Shane stuck around anyway, despite the stipulation being that he’d have to leave if he lost; now he’s SmackDown Live’s commissioner.

However, Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer has revealed that the match between the pair was a fall back plan, with the original match being something completely different.

He claims that the original plan was for The Undertaker to take on John Cena at the event, something we have yet to see despite The Undertaker having been around since Cena made his debut.


Although the two have faced off years ago during The Undertaker’s American Badass gimmick, the two have yet to battle at WrestleMania, plus, Cena was nowhere near the face of the company when they faced off.

Alvarez was also talking about the rumours regarding Shane battling Brock Lesnar, with rumours continuing to circulate regarding a potential match between the pair, and he’s not a fan of the idea.

He said: “I cannot bring myself to believe that they’re going to do [Shane McMahon vs. Brock Lesnar]. I just don’t understand why you would waste a Brock Lesnar match on Shane McMahon.

“The Shane vs. Undertaker match was a fall back plan after John Cena got hurt and they had nobody else for The Undertaker.”

Although Cena was injured, his presence was still felt as he helped The Rock take down The Wyatt Family, and the feeling is that WrestleMania 33 could be the final chance they have to host the match.

The Undertaker isn’t getting any younger, and as each month passes it looks more and more likely that he’s calling it a day, while Cena is also working a lighter schedule with more time off.

There are rumours that the WWE could be reverting to original WrestleMania 32 plans in the first place.

The original Seth Rollins and Triple H plans were scrapped because of a knee injury to Rollins, and the match is now expected to take place at WrestleMania 33.

If this is the case, then it won’t be a surprise to see the WWE take advantage of this and go back to their original plans for Cena and The Deadman as well.

Was Shane McMahon a good plan b for John Cena? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.

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