This Week In WWE Biz: John Cena Plans, The Undertaker Vs. Finn Balor?, Samoa Joe Debut, More

January 14, 2017 - WWE

The Undertaker Vs. John Cena At WWE WrestleMania 33 Reportedly Nixed By Vince McMahon

The dream compare between The Undertaker and John Cena isn’t happening, during slightest not this year, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter:

The due Undertaker vs. John Cena compare is off a boards. Vince McMahon altered his mind on a match.

Undertaker right now is not scheduled to plea for possibly pretension on a show. He did seem on a 1/9 Raw show, after initial nearing on Smackdown, given when he was on Smackdown, it was to build for him to face Cena. Now he will face someone on a Raw roster. There was a provoke of Braun Strowman on Raw, yet it will not be Strowman as things mount right now.

According to (h/t WrestleZone), a change has had a domino outcome that will change skeleton for Royal Rumble and beyond:

Speculation was that John Cena competence better AJ Styles for a WWE Title during a Royal Rumble, afterwards face Undertaker, a leader of a Rumble match, for a Title during WrestleMania. There was also speak of The Undertaker going into WrestleMania 33 with a title, yet all a above skeleton have been scrapped and as of now there are no skeleton to have Undertaker in a pretension compare during ‘Mania.


This complicates things because, for many wrestling fans, The Undertaker vs. Cena was a compare that seemed like a close for WrestleMania 33.

Now, it appears as if Cena vs. Taker won’t occur and that conjunction will Taker vs. Braun Strowman. So, if Undertaker is still slated to face someone on the Raw roster yet a pretension being involved, who on earth could it be? WrestleMania skeleton for many of Raw’s top stars seem to be in place (Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar, Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho and Triple H vs. Seth Rollins), and with Reigns staid to win a Universal pretension during Royal Rumble, that would clearly discharge him from a review as well.

Just looking during rest of the Raw roster, there isn’t a singular name that stands out as a intensity Undertaker opponent, unless Finn Balor is behind in time for WrestleMania. You would still have to consider that Reigns is a many expected (whether he wins a pretension or not) or that Undertaker will indeed finish adult confronting a SmackDown star after all, maybe someone like Dean Ambrose or Baron Corbin.

Regardless, WWE is blank out on a outrageous eventuality to do Cena vs. The Undertaker if it indeed doesn’t take place, and a usually judicious logic behind not doing a compare is to have Undertaker put over an up-and-coming star instead.


Samoa Joe Possibly Set For Huge Match At WrestleMania 33

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You might have beheld that Samoa Joe has clearly left from NXT’s tip storylines.

Well, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc), that might be given a former two-time NXT Champion could shortly be headed for a beast pull on a categorical roster:

While a WrestleMania 33 label is not finalized, WWE officials have had talks about bringing stream WWE NXT Superstar Samoa Joe to a categorical register and have him in one of a tip few matches on a show.


Given that Samoa Joe literally has zero left to do in NXT, he could and should be a warn entrant in a Royal Rumble match.

In fact, if WWE wants to safeguard that Joe’s entrance is memorable and that he’s now determined as a tip star, he should indeed win a Rumble, too. WWE is in unfortunate need of another tip heel, so saying Joe win a Rumble on his entrance would accomplish that suspicion right out of a gate, and it would positively emanate some hum and excitement.

Especially with skeleton still adult in a atmosphere for a WWE Championship, John Cena and AJ Styles, carrying Joe plea and maybe eventually better possibly Styles or Cena for a WWE pretension during WrestleMania would light a outrageous pull for Joe, who should now be a tip man in WWE anyway. It’s protected to contend that both Raw and SmackDown would advantage severely from removing a new name or dual in a categorical eventuality picture, and Joe is staid to be a man who helps possibly code accomplish that.

WWE will be tempted to put him on Raw, that could positively use him, but SmackDown has dual prepared finished feuds for him in Styles and/or Cena.


Finn Balor Vs. The Undertaker At WrestleMania 33?

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The Undertaker might not be confronting John Cena during WrestleMania 33, yet we could get utterly a satisfaction prize.

According to, The Undertaker could do conflict with Finn Balor on a grandest theatre of them all:

WWE is anticipating to have Balor behind by Wrestlemania 33 and there are some people that trust he could get hot-shotted in a lapse module with The Deadman.


The WON mentioned that it’s believed Undertaker will face a Raw star during WrestleMania, so given that many of a show’s tip names already seem to have a compare set, Balor is maybe a usually name that creates clarity for Taker’s ‘Mania opponent.

Balor has been out of movement given SummerSlam final year after injuring his shoulder during his Universal pretension win opposite Seth Rollins and afterwards undergoing medicine as a result. His name has come adult as a intensity warn entrant in a Rumble, that would put him good forward of report yet is still a probability as a approach to set adult a compare with “The Phenom,” nonetheless.

Even if Balor does not lapse during Royal Rumble, however, he could still lapse following and go on to face “The Deadman” in what would positively be a good strife of dual of WWE’s many enthralling gimmicks. Although not doing Cena vs. Taker would be a missed opportunity, it’s not a bad suspicion to have Taker face a rising star instead.

Here’s a thing, though: Does it do Balor any good if he faces Undertaker during WrestleMania usually to remove him? That’s debatable.

WWE needs new stars, and Balor has a intensity to be a tip man for a subsequent 5 to 10 years. Having him better Taker during WrestleMania would go a prolonged approach toward substantiating him as one.


Shinsuke Nakamura, Other NXT Stars Nearing Main Roster Call-Up



We know have a small discernment as to that NXT stars could shortly be headed for a categorical roster, interjection to a Wrestling Observer (h/t WrestlingInc):

Plans can always change yet several tip WWE NXT Superstars are in a stream “Terry Taylor class” during a WWE Performance Center, that is a category that grooms talents who are being deliberate right now for “somewhat imminent” sports on WWE’s categorical roster.

According to The Wrestling Observer, Superstars who are in a stream category are TM-61, Hideo Itami, Kassius Ohno, Elias Samson, Tye Dillinger, Alexander Wolfe, Andrade “Cien” Almas, NXT Tag Team Champions Johnny Gargano Tommaso Ciampa and NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura.


Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Eric Young and Austin Aries aren’t enclosed here given they don’t sight during a Performance Center, so they would join a list of stars who are fundamentally categorical register ready.

However, this doesn’t safeguard a call-up during all for any of those names, and many will expected stay in NXT as it continues to rise into a legitimate third brand. Of all a stars on that list, and a 4 who aren’t, WWE’s subsequent step should be to call adult Samoa Joe (who has finished all he can in NXT), Austin Aries (who could be a tip star in a Cruiserweight division) and Nakamura, who has positively zero left to learn in NXT.

Other stars, like Ohno, Gargano and Ciampa would be good additions to Raw or SmackDown, yet WWE can’t means to frame NXT of too most talent during once. One could disagree that a peculiarity of NXT’s programming has taken a nosedive lately, so it’s needed that WWE build adult guys like Oho, Itami and Almas to lift a code in a unavoidable eventuality that Joe and Nakamura leave soon.

At a same time, a ultimate suspicion of NXT is to emanate stars who will attain on a categorical roster, and because both Raw and SmackDown could use an liquid of new talent, now is a ideal time for Joe, Nakamura and even Dillinger to make a dash on a large stage.



Blake Oestriecher is an facile propagandize clergyman by day and a sports author by night. He’s a writer to a Forbes @SportsMoneyBlog, where he focuses on a WWE, NBA and NFL. You can follow him on Twitter @BOestriecher.

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