On wanting to take John Cena's WrestleMania moment away from him

  • On wanting to take John Cena's WrestleMania moment away from him

On wanting to take John Cena's WrestleMania moment away from him

WWE will revert to dual-brand shows following WrestleMania starting with Backlash in May.

On Sunday, Fastlane will help provide some answers. The "SmackDown Live" roster will compete Sunday night in Columbus, Ohio with a few matches that will determine what wrestlers will defend titles at the year's biggest event.

As per Dave Meltzer speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, it's looking increasingly likely that current WWE champion AJ Styles could be set to switch his shifts to Monday nights after WrestleMania 34. A win will send him to WM in a highly anticipated match with Shinsuke Nakamura.

Always expect the unexpected - and, don't forget, Carmella and her Money In The Bank briefcase remain in the shadows...

The victor of Sunday's main event will face Royal Rumble victor Shinsuke Nakamura. I can't imagine that Nakamura would lose with the biggest match of his WWE career just around the corner.

The United States and SmackDown Tag Team Championship pictures aren't as clear.

Roode and Orton's bout for the USA title has betting odds at a dead draw (-120).

This is a win for The Phenomenal One, for sure, as WWE has already invested screen time trying to build some allure to seeing that match. Either team marching into WM as champion feels appropriate.

What may be more interesting, however, is what happened behind the scenes earlier this year, as Ziggler reportedly extended his contract with the WWE, making him one of the highest paid Superstars in the company with his new deal. The twins have been the best tag team in the company over the past year and a ticket to 'Mania seems like a great way to cap their performance. I've got to make it through Fastlane before I can do this, but if I get the opportunity to wrestle Shinsuke Nakamura, a match that no one has seen on US soil, and only happened once in Japan, this could be huge. Just not now. Now as to who Charlotte's opponent or opponents will be in New Orleans is an entirely different matter.

I don't want to entertain the thought of a surprise, because this is one of those scenarios where a surprise victory by John Cena, or really anyone other than A.J. Styles, would be an unwelcome one. "I would like to watch all the people cry that they don't get AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura", he said.