Oli Davis rounds up the biggest professional wrestling news in his daily WrestleTalk column…
Normally I would say, ‘happy belated birthday John Cena’, but when WWE’s biggest star was about to turn 40 yesterday, he kicked out at 39. Vince McMahon tweeted his favourite big, sweaty man:
“Hustle Loyalty Respect” is not just an expression, it’s the measure of the man. Happy birthday to the Babe Ruth of WWE, @JohnCena.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 23, 2017
And that wasn’t the only milestone the Cena household celebrated at the weekend. The Bella Twins’ personal YouTube channel passed 500,000 subscribers, so as a ‘thank you’ to their fans, Nikki and John took off all their clothes.
While it pales in comparison to passing half a million subscribers on YouTube, the biggest achievement John and Nikki were celebrating coming out of Wrestlemania was getting engaged, with a heartwarming proposal on the grandest stage of them all, a romantic gesture that was the most talked-about mainstream story of Mania season, and, apparently, one completely devised by WWE Executive Producer Kevin Dunn.
Yes, according to Sportskeeda – who have broken a number of professional wrestling stories as of late – John Cena was originally meant to face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 33. This had been the reported plan for months. But then in January, a crazy rumour started going around: Roman Reigns was now going to be facing The Undertaker, and John Cena would partner with Nikki Bella in a mixed gender tag match against The Miz and Maryse.
It was previously reported that Vince McMahon had seen how bad The Undertaker’s physical condition was, and wanted to put over his next top star Reigns in The Deadman’s final match, rather than giving that spot to Cena. But now Sportskeeda have revealed the real reason was because Dunn came up with the proposal idea, which Vince “then spent several weeks pitching the idea to Cena, who was initially not in favour of the idea. Cena eventually gave in, and he was rewarded with a short WWE Championship run.”
And they say romance is dead.
Apparently, the original plan – back when The Undertaker was on Smackdown to dig holes and take souls – was for The Deadman to face AJ Styles at this year’s Royal Rumble, which he would win in his home state of Texas. Undertaker would then drop the title back to Styles at Elimination Chamber, where he would’ve been eliminated by Cena, setting up their Wrestlemania match.
These changes, of course, rippled through the other top feuds on Smackdown. Randy Orton was reportedly originally meant to turn on Bray Wyatt during the Royal Rumble match, and then defeat The Eater of Worlds in a singles match at Elimination Chamber. While The Miz was meant to issue an open challenge for his Intercontinental Title, which Daniel Bryan would’ve answered by calling up Shinsuke Nakamura to the main roster. And Cena wouldn’t have won his record-tying 16th world title.
We’re in store for a Wrestlemania calibre match tonight, though. Showing complete disregard for his own life, Kalisto called out Braun Strowman after The Monster Among Men threw him in a dumpster on last week’s episode of Raw.
Monsters have weaknesses Braun, you are no monster. I challenge you to a dumpster match. Then I'll reveal the kind of monster trash you are.
— KALISTO (@KalistoWWE) April 22, 2017
Kurt Angle then quickly made Braun vs Kalisto in a Dumpster Match for tonight.
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) April 22, 2017
It’ll probably be rubbish. I’ll see myself out.
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