I’ll have a better breakdown of the Rumble tomorrow, but the latest news is John Cena is out of the Royal Rumble, probably. He “injured” his ankle during last weeks Raw fighting Finn Balor for the chance to face Brock Lesnar. Now, many people say this is a work, which it very well could be, but I see it as a “we don’t have any plans for you right now” move from Vince.
Originally, the plan was to have Lars face Cena at Wrestlemania, but with the rumors of Lars getting anxiety before his debut, there is no option for Cena right now.
I wrote a piece earlier on why John Cena needs to win his 17th title (https://soft7sports.com/2019/01/08/john-cena-needs-to-win-17-soon/) and I think that still holds true. Cena has been the hardest worker in the WWE since I can remember. Not recently, AJ, Seth, and Roman overtook that now. But still, after all that Cena has done for this company, why won’t Vince let him win the Rumble then win the title? Cena is also filming his next movie in Vancouver starting on Sunday, but Vince needs to let Rick Flair go off in the sunset and let the true hero of the WWE win his 17th.
Cena could win this Rumble, then win the title at Wrestlemania and just retire there. In a perfect scenario, he lays the title in the ring and walks out. Cena deserves this, but it doesn’t look like it’ll happen this year. Shame on Vince. Yet again, Cena has shown up to the Rumble when he wasn’t supposed to and won it in 2008. So here’s to hoping that happens again..
Because Juice is the only one who knows what he is talking about, he is normally our go-to WWE writer. But, hat doesn’t mean I can’t have a hot take or two. And boy, is this one a scorcher. There is going to be a real, unscheduled fight at Crown Jewel today. The WWE is in desperate need of some good press. Recently, they have been under fire for insisting on having the Crown Jewel PPV in Saudi Arabia despite the recent tensions between our two countries. There has also been some backlash from WWE “fans” that actually think Roman Reigns is faking Leukemia and it is all a rouse created by Vince McMahon. Even the all female Evolution PPV could not get the media off their back. It even overshadowed the event. They need some good press and they need it quick. So, what has been getting good press lately? That’s right, fights.
In the last month, there have been extracurricular fights in both the NBA and UFC. Khabib fought Conor McGregor’s friends and there was a brawl between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo then 30 seconds later, Brandon Ingram. UFC and NBA were praised for their handling of the two situations. I think Vince McMahon is going to capitalize on this. He is going to plant someone in the audience and one of two things are going to happen.
The planted person will say something to Seth Rollins during one of his events. The “fan” is going to be talking some kind of smack about Roman Reigns and Rollins will pounce. McMahon is going to suspend him, but will ultimately be passed off as Seth Rollins defending his friend or The Shield.
There is obviously already people in the Saudi audience that have a problem with the US. One of those people will be on the WWE payroll though. He will be right outside the ring and will say the wrong thing to someone like AJ Styles. Of course, he will have to defend his country in the name of patriotism. Both scenarios give Vince McMahon the perfect opportunity to punish a responsible party and get some serious respect for the WWE.