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.
NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom
NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.
Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.
“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”
Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.
Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade
WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .
“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.
“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”
Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.
“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”
Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT
WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.
Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.
Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.
Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.
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