John Cena vs. The Undertaker
What we learned: Did we really learn anything here? After all of that build with John Cena trying to get a response from The Undertaker, we get a squash? Okay, I will admit that The Undertaker looked better here than he has in years, but he also only had to work for three minutes.
Cena being in the crowd was actually entertaining for a minute. I didn’t particularly enjoy the fact that Charlotte’s celebration was cut short when he ran to the back after the referee came down and told him that ‘Taker was in the building, but I can live with it. And Elias certainly got thrown under the bus a little bit, didn’t he? But again, it served a purpose, and the troll job certainly fit his character so I can live with that as well.
I just don’t think any of this was necessary whatsoever and it really took away from what transpired a year ago. So you have The Undertaker passing the torch to Roman Reigns and then leaving his gear in the ring. Just about everyone goes out on their back and that’s what we thought we saw from The Dead Man in Orlando last year, especially after he took off his gear and placed it in the ring. It was beautiful and would have been the perfect way to retire. Maybe he does deserve a little something extra with all he’s done for WWE over more than a quarter of a century. But not this.
John Cena has been losing a lot lately, and I’m okay with that. He’s helping others get over and that’s what he should be doing at this point in his career. But after all of this, a 16-time world champion loses in three minutes at WrestleMania to a guy that shouldn’t even have been there in the first place? I just couldn’t get into it. It’s not that I don’t like or respect The Undertaker and everything he’s done, but this was just too much. The gear in the ring and the fake lightning didn’t do a thing for me and all of this was just unnecessary.
What’s next: I don’t even know where to go with this? So is that actually it for The Undertaker this time or do we have to wait another year for that answer? As for Cena, we know that he has other things going on, and outside of the match against Triple H in Saudi Arabia coming up, where does he go from here as it pertains to WWE? I mean, he just lost in three minutes to a 53-year-old man. But just last month, he beat WWE Champion AJ Styles. So I guess we just have to wait and see how much he’s going to be around heading into the summer months. You figure that world title reign number 17 has to happen at some point. Or does he come out and say that since he wasn’t technically “ready” for The Undertaker that he wants to challenge him at WrestleMania next year? Perhaps with careers on the line? It could happen.