WWE Fastlane 2018 have marked a major loss for John Cena as “The Champ” has officially transitioned from “Super Cena” to aging veteran who has lost his way.
Cena was a late addition to the six-pack challenge for the WWE Championship at Fastlane, likely because WWE decided to move full steam ahead with the storyline that he simply doesn’t have “it” anymore and therefore has no clear path to WrestleMania 34. Going into the pay-per-view, most fans could see another defeat for Cena coming a mile away both because Cena didn’t seem to fit into the WWE title plans and because he’s long been penciled in for a WrestleMania match against The Undertaker or possibly even a bout against Rey Mysterio.
One of those six men will head into WrestleMania 34 holding the most prestigious title in the company’s history, while the five losers will be forced to figure out another way to get their moments on The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Within the match itself, there are some other storylines working themselves out, but John Cena‘s involvement in this feud should have the largest impact on what is to come.
The Champ is now determined to regain the WWE title tonight at Fastlane in a Six-Pack Challenge against Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler and champion AJ Styles.
The 16-time world champion declared that if he wins the championship he will defend it in a Triple Threat Match against Styles and Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura at Mania.
But Cena admits that if he loses he may not be part of the Showcase of the Immortals in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The ex-World Heavyweight Champion though admits that this sort of outcome wouldn’t bother him too much.
He told: “What a great story it would be for me to miss and have to buy a ticket.
“The year doesn’t stop at WrestleMania, we do Raw the next night. Now imagine if this stalwart, this statue of the WWE now has to look inside himself and ask, ‘Do I still have it?’ after being left out of the biggest show of the year.
“Vince (McMahon) is extremely smart, and the reason he is so successful is his ability to see beyond what is immediately in front of him. A two-year or a three-year play would be smart.
“I’ve got a ton of outside stuff going on. And I am proudly waving the banner of the WWE.
“Everybody always asks, on movie sets and even at the Kids’ Choice Awards, ‘When are you leaving?’ I’m not. As long as my body holds up, I am WWE-proud all the time. With my schedule, it does mean I have to take breaks, because they don’t allow you to do both.
Finally, we would be able to see what happens when the company’s golden boy goes from having an easy path in the fast lane on the Road to WrestleMania to suffering the stings of a grinding halt and no momentum to carry him the rest of the way.
That is a story worth tuning into Raw and SmackDown to see play out.