John Cena at WrestleMania: How old is he, what is his Mania record and why is he fighting Austin Theory and not Logan Paul?
John Cena will be involved in his first singles match at WrestleMania in eight years when he takes on Austin Theory this weekend.
Cena is one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time, having been on the biggest stage of them all for three different decades.
During this run, the 16-time WWE Championship winner, a joint record, faced off against the biggest names in the business.
But as his budding Hollywood career began to take over, the 45-year-old was much less frequent in the ring.
Cena’s last official singles match at Showcase of the Immortals was against Rusev at WrestleMania 31 in 2015.
Since then, the American has been involved in a mixed tag team match before short fights against The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt.
What is John Cena’s WrestleMania record?
“The Doctor of Thuganomics” has appeared in FIFTEEN WrestleMania matches during his storied career.
Cena’s current record at WrestleMania is 10-5.
The former WWE face has headlined the Show of Show five times and has actually won six of his first seven bouts at ‘Mania’.
However, his transition to a part-time attraction in recent years has seen Cena lose back-to-back matches on the biggest stage.
John Cena’s WrestleMania record
Wrestle Mania 20 b. Big show (1-0)
Wrestle Mania 21 b. JBL (2-0)
Wrestle Mania 22 b. Triple H (3-0)
Wrestle Mania 23 b. Shawn Michaels (4-0)
WrestleMania 24 lost to Randy Orton in a Triple Threat match (4-1)
Wrestle Mania 25 b. Edge and Big Show in the Triple Threat Match (5-1)
Wrestle Mania 26 b. Batista (6-1)
WrestleMania 27 lost to The Miz (6-2)
WrestleMania 28 lost to The Rock (6-3)
Wrestle Mania 29 b. The Rock (7-3)
Wrestle Mania 30 b. Bray Wyatt (8-3)
Wrestle Mania 31 b. Rusev (9-3)
Wrestle Mania 33 b. The Miz and Maryse with Nikki Bella (10-3)
WrestleMania 34 lost to The Undertaker (10-4)
WrestleMania 36 lost to The Fiend (10-5)
Why is he fighting Austin Theory?
Cena was originally rumored to be penciled in for a program with YouTube crossover boxer Logan Paul at WrestleMania 39.
Still, the plans were canceled due to the lack of free time Cena had to practice with the 27-year-old novice and bring him up to speed.
“Big Match John” will now look to reclaim the United States Championship from Austin Theory on Night 1 on “Mania.”
The latter cited Cena as a major motivation growing up and was said to have been positioned as the ‘next John Cena’ by former WWE CEO Vince McMahon upon his rise to the main roster.
However, The Peacemaker star himself has publicly stated that he didn’t choose Theory to be his opponent in Mania.
“You’d be surprised at my answer,” Cena told The Associated Press.
“Because that’s what I was told would happen. I do not do it. I’m not saying, I want to do this, I want to work with this person.
“I never do that. I have never done that. I just try to do what I’m told to do and do it to the best of my abilities. Instead of dictating my terms, I often try to make the performance as good as possible.
“What I don’t do and what I never did is organize the direction of the narrative. I don’t choose opponents, but I like to tell stories. I didn’t choose Austin Theory, but I certainly spoke from the heart (on Raw).
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