In terms of John Cena’s WrestleMania 39 feud and opponent, an abundance of names come to thoughts.
Nevertheless it certain appears like Austin Principle’s time is now.
Six months in the past this wasn’t probably the most appetizing thought, particularly as Principle floundered amid Triple H’s ascent to inventive management.
Proper now, although, a potential passing-of-the-torch second certain feels proper.
Not too way back, Principle was the non-public mission of Vince McMahon, and it turned some followers away from his potential as a prospect, particularly as soon as he was shoved close to the primary occasion scene with the Cash within the Financial institution briefcase. However he is slowly been reintegrated into programming in distinguished spots below Triple H.
Principle was inexperienced in all areas throughout McMahon’s push, from promos to within the ring. However he is solely 25, close to the identical promising age as AEW headliner MJF. However the entire thing simply felt compelled and threatened to destroy his relationship with the fanbase earlier than it might actually get began.
Over the previous few months, although, Principle dropped the briefcase (a should, given the unified title scenario) in a foolish method and appeared to point out some character progress over the entire ordeal. He is slowly been positioned well in near-headlining feuds whereas holding the U.S. title.
On one hand, WWE might merely hold this gradual burn going and put him in a ‘Mania feud with the likes of Seth Rollins or Bobby Lashley. However on the opposite, giving him the a lot greater rub of clashing with Cena is likely to be the sensible play.
Principle attending to showcase his promo abilities and extra in a feud with one of many biggest of all time earlier than a match in entrance of an enormous viewers would work wonders. He additionally simply works an in-ring model that might pair effectively with Cena’s big-hitting strikes.
This feels reminiscent to the rub Cena gave to Kevin Owens all these years in the past. The veteran saved throwing down open challenges for his U.S. title, and Owens held his personal in opposition to Cena in his essential roster debut.
Principle has a protracted technique to go earlier than being a contemporary nice like Owens, who’s now at a stage the place he’s entrusted to battle “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin in his first match in virtually 20 years. However an analogous feud and in-ring consequence with Cena would certain put him on the best path.
By no means thoughts the promos would simply be enjoyable. Whether or not Principle is doing a silly selfie gimmick or one thing else by the point ‘Mania rolls round, Cena can stoop to that stage of silliness but additionally lower very critical promos. Possible bonus factors with followers too if Principle makes use of the platform to publicly lower off his connections to McMahon for good, rejecting the chosen-one position.
It could be silly to counsel there aren’t different stellar choices for a Cena WrestleMania feud, after all. Whereas it most likely would not make sense to shove him into the Roman Reigns-Bloodline scenario, he might simply spar with Stone Chilly in a dream match, put over one other up-and-comer like Gunther and even apply this Principle thought to Cody Rhodes.
However Cena is and can at all times be an organization man, and all concerned profit if he provides Principle the rub. Principle was by no means a plausible menace to just about anybody whereas holding the Cash within the Financial institution briefcase, however that outlook all adjustments if he holds his personal in opposition to Cena.
There is not any understating how vital it will be for WWE’s long-term outlook to begin establishing a 25-year-old powerhouse heel who stays in that position for a decade-plus.
Constructing the foundational blocks of Principle’s profession is step one.
There is not a extra stable, lifetime basis than a feud with Cena. That is the place WWE, Principle and Cena’s sights needs to be set for WrestleMania 39, particularly with the primary occasion scene tied up and Cena’s appearances so sparse.
There may be an avenue to WWE maybe slow-building one other Cena, and in contrast to the person’s catch-phrase, all people can see it. Will WWE?