Predicting John Cena's 2018 feuds and title reigns
With 2018 fast approaching, we have been taking a look at some of WWE’s most popular Superstars and predicting what may or may not happen in their careers over the next 12 months.
In this article, we focus on John Cena – a man who began 2017 by winning a record-equalling 16th WWE title and ended the year as a ‘free agent’ who appears on Raw or SmackDown Live whenever time allows it.
Will either brand become his permanent home in 2018? Will he break Ric Flair’s World Championship record? Who will he face at WrestleMania 34? Will he make more appearances than he did in 2017?
From the obvious to the not-so-obvious, we predict who “The Franchise” will battle against in 2018 and take a look at what championships he could realistically win by the time the year is out.
#5 Samoa Joe feud
For somebody who is often dismissed as a ‘part-timer’, it might come as a surprise that John Cena had more than his fair share of matches and rivalries in 2017, featuring on seven pay-per-views in total.
His most high-profile matches came against AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble, The Miz & Maryse at WrestleMania and Roman Reigns at No Mercy, but things could have worked out very differently in his battle with “The Big Dog” had Samoa Joe not been injured.
Joe and Cena were reportedly set to feud after SummerSlam, with WWE saving the WrestleMania-worthy match against Reigns for a later date, but they were forced to bring those plans forward when “The Destroyer” was ruled out for two months with a knee injury.
With Cena able to compete on either Raw or SmackDown Live, expect WWE to revive his rivalry with Joe at some point in 2018.