The Wrestlemania plans for former WWE Champion John Cena are still up in the air, but there’s a chance he may face fellow Hall of Fame worthy wrestler Rey Mysterio at the Showcase of the Immortals.
Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso noted that Mysterio was backstage at Smackdown Live the speculation that he would work with Cena at Wrestlemania since the match with The Undertaker is off the table. A report from PWInsider noted that Triple H is the one negotiating with Mysterio, who doesn’t want to work a full-time WWE schedule.
However, the site indicated from sources that Mysterio was not at Smackdown Live in Los Angeles, but rather he was at the blue brand’s live event in San Diego. It’s also reported that Cena wants to work with Mysterio after the positive reception the latter received at the Royal Rumble.
The only factor that could jeopardize this match would be Mysterio’s appearance at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Strong Style Evolved event on March 25 where he will face Jushin Thunder Liger. At the moment it seems Mysterio’s appearance at New Japan’s U.S. event will be a one-off.
Meanwhile Cena was recently inserted in the six-pack challenge for the WWE Championship at Fastlane. He will face defending champion A.J. Styles, along with Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin. It’s unlikely he will win the title at the event.
Even though both Mysterio and Cena have prior commitments, there is a chance this match could happen at the Showcase of the Immortals.
Although there isn’t a title at stake, this would be a high profile match between two of WWE’s most decorated competitors. Both Cena and Mysterio have won championships on multiple occasions – even winning their first world titles at a Wrestlemania. They have also carried tag team and middle-tier singles titles – Cena is a five-time United States champion and Mysterio has held the Intercontinental Championship on two occasions.
While Cena has stayed with WWE, Mysterio has wrestled in various promotions around the world and continuing to build his legacy. He had a good run in Lucha Underground and made appearances for AAA and The Crash, as well as European promotions like WCPW – now Defiant Wrestling.
The two have wrestled matches against each other in singles and multiple matches – one match that comes to mind is their first bout in 2003 where Cena defeated Mysterio on an episode of Smackdown before that year’s Survivor Series. The match was notable because it was around the time when Cena was making his babyface turn.
In 2011, Cena defeated Mysterio on an episode of Raw to reclaim the WWE Championship – hours after Mysterio had defeated Miz in a tournament final to win the title. The evening was capped with C.M. Punk, who had defeated Cena for the WWE title days before, returning to the ring.
Although they have faced each other in a WWE ring, it has not been on a large stage like Wrestlemania, which has been a grand showcase for both wrestlers.
As for the build of this match, fans can see it as a clash between two legends. Cena and Mysterio have reached the 40-year mark, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a great showing.
Both Cena and Mysterio have numerous Wrestlemania moments to their credit and they could add another one to their legacy at this year’s event.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 4, 2019
For Raw, the whole back and forth rivalry between Jeff Jarrett and Elias was entertaining. What started at the Royal Rumble and has carried over for the past few weeks, seeing Elias and Jarrett exchange guitar shots had a throwback feel to it. Along with that, Road Dogg being in the corner of Jarrett really brought times back. Lastly, Elias ended up winning the match, which helps give him momentum going into whoever his next rival will be.
For Smackdown, Mustafa Ali and Randy Orton put on the best match during their show this week. Ali’s high flying against Randy Orton’s slow attacking pace was a great matchup of styles and it showed. Orton ended up winning after hitting an RKO from the top rope and gives him the upper hand towards the Elimination Chamber match.
For Raw, the lack of featuring the tag team champions on their show this week was evident. While they did have a number one contenders match featured this week, the winners ended up being the Revival. This is a match that we have already seen one too many times and if there isn’t a different result this time around, then what is the point of the Revival facing off against the tag team champions.
For Smackdown, after R-Truth shocked the world last week by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura to win the United States championship, you would think that we would get a segment of him celebrating this victory the next week. Instead, he wasn’t even really on the show this week. As good as R-Truth is, at least a 30 second segment would’ve been better than nothing from him.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were average this week. They did help build the Elimination Chamber as well as still pushing Ronda Rousey versus Becky Lynch as the main event of Wrestlemania. But, there was lots missing from both brands this week. Both shows were missing champions this week and didn’t even bother mentioning them. As talented as the champions currently are, each one should get respective time. With that said though, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. A debuting EC3, a solid double match with Ronda Rousey, and a decent main event gave Raw a better show this time around. In conclusion, WWE still has some work to do when building up these next two PPV’s, hopefully, they can put on better efforts that they did this week.
The Hart Foundation To Be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame
The original group, and the ones being honored, includes WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, and WWE Hall of Famer ‘The Mouth of the South’ Jimmy Hart.
Sadly, Neidhart will be inducted posthumously as he passed away in 2018 at the page of 63.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 28, 2019
For Raw, the ending segment between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar was an awesome way to close out the show and start the build for this match at Wrestlemania. After Rollins won the Royal Rumble on Sunday, he had to make a decision on which champion he would face. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar told Rollins to choose Daniel Bryan over Lesnar because he didn’t want to fight with Lesnar, which led to Rollins responding by igniting a brawl. Overall, great way to help ramp up the intensity for what could be the main event of Wrestlemania.
For Smackdown, we have a new United States champion and this moment really came out of nowhere. R-Truth went one on one against Shinsuke Nakamura for the championship and he won via roll up. Soon after Truth won, Rusev then came out and challenged Truth to defend his newly won belt. Truth won again via roll up, which led to both Nakamura and Rusev attacking him after. Its a fresh start with the US championship and somebody with as much charisma as Truth is a good way to hit the reset button for this belt.
For Raw, who knows what they are trying to do with Kurt Angle. After losing to Baron Corbin in about five minutes, this leaves lots of questions on where Angle stands with WWE. Ever since he has came back to the ring, he has lost over and over again. This shouldn’t be happening with a hall of fame of his status. But, this could lead to an interesting story considering how good Angle is.
For Smackdown, while it was a feel good moment to see the Miz and Shane McMahon win the tag team championship, their celebration on the show this week wasn’t that compelling. At the PPV, when they won the match, they celebrated with the Miz’s father. Then, during this celebration, it was the same thing as the Miz’s dad came out and celebrated with them along with a video package being played. This could’ve been done better and differently considering we already saw this type of celebration during the PPV.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows were really good this week. Not only are they starting to layout some of the big matches for Wrestlemania, but they are also starting to implement matches for their upcoming PPV, Elimination Chamber. Smackdown felt a little crammed though as they were trying to fit in promos during superstars entrances and having promos during commercials. While Raw, on the other hand, was able to announce two huge matches for Wrestlemania as well as help build up some rivalries going into Elimination Chamber. Raw had the better show this week for a few reasons. A solid ending, a great beginning for the Ronda Rousey versus Becky Lynch match, and an entertaining segment with Elias help Raw deliver this week. In conclusion, 2019 continues to be good for WWE so hopefully they can continue this pace going into their next big PPV of the year.
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