With the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view just a few days away (Sunday, February 25th), the feud between the “Phenom” and the 16-time WWE Champion is reportedly set to start next week.
In the last few months, there has been speculation that the Undertaker would come back for one last match and that his opponent would be the “Cenation Leader”, in a bout that has been in the making for many years. However, and until now, there has been no sign as to when the storyline will begin.
During the January 22nd edition of Monday Night Raw (which marked the 25th anniversary of the historic show), when the storyline was reportedly set to start, the “Deadman” appeared at the Manhattan Center, whereas Cena confronted Elias.
Since then, nobody knows when the company will start the feud. With Wrestlemania fast approaching, though, it is possible the storyline will begin this Monday, February 26, in the first Raw after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
With Cena being one of the seven participants in the match, which will determine the number one contender to Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title, it would not be wise for the WWE to have Cena challenge the Undertaker (and vice versa) for a match at Mania.
The reasons: 1) such a scenario would decrease the fans’ interest for the Elimination Chamber match and 2) it would be obvious that Cena wouldn’t win the match, so his place should have been given to someone else.
Regarding the battle itself, it would make sense to me if this was the last appearance of the Undertaker as an active wrestler.
Given his matches are not so impressive since his undefeated streak came to an end, I think he should call it a day and what a better way to put an end to his career than facing a mega-star, like the multiple time WWE Champion.
The build-up of this feud will certainly be exciting, as both superstars have great microphone skills and can promote the battle in the best way possible.
Concurrently, the “Phenom’s” mediocre performances in the last few years, due to his age (53 years old) and the injuries he has suffered, can be covered by the great in-ring ability of Cena.
Since the “Deadman” is ready to come back to the ring and the company has no problem with such a development, I am of the opinion that the 16-time champion, who is on a limited schedule as well, is the perfect opponent for Taker.
Because no matter who will emerge victorious from the fight, the Undertaker will end his career by taking part in a dream match that the WWE Universe would love to see, while Cena will go on to face the WWE Champion (or the Universal Champion) and make history by claiming the title for a record 17th time. So, it is a win-win situation for both sides.
There is still speculation on how the storyline will evolve, yet Cena could have a heel turn, with the Undertaker as babyface.
Overall, I believe the WWE is ready to start the feud between the two superstars in the first Raw after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and create a storyline that will lead to a dream match in the “Showcase of the Immortals”.
However, it is still unclear how this storyline will unfold, so we have to wait for this Monday’s episode to find out more.