Now that we’re in the thick of WrestleMania season, the speculation around John Cena’s role at WWE WrestleMania 36 has been heating up. But could Cena face an opponent with the most “heat” of them all?
King Corbin is the most hated character in WWE right now. That seems like a safe statement, and the company has used Corbin’s massive heat to help babyfaces on the roster. Although his rivalry with Roman Reigns did drag on, it helped Roman as a babyface and led to a memorable return to television for The Usos.
At WrestleMania 35, Corbin obtained even more heat by retiring Kurt Angle. Many fans wanted to see John Cena or even Drew McIntyre get this match, but WWE decided that the opportunity to help a rising heel would be more fitting for a retirement match.
According to Sportskeeda’s Tom Colohue, wrestling fans should keep King Corbin in mind as a potential opponent for Cena at WWE WrestleMania 36, meaning he’d have back-to-back WrestleMania matches against legends.
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Corbin and Cena, of course, have their own history. Whereas Angle and Corbin had their issues in late 2018 when Corbin took over for Angle as the GM of Raw, Corbin’s beef with Cena is even more personal from a kayfabe standpoint.
Cena costed Corbin his opportunity to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase on Jinder Mahal before SummerSlam 2017, laughing at Corbin and leaving the “Lone Wolf” with a great deal of egg on his face.
The failed cash-in even led fans to speculate that Corbin had backstage heat from Cena, since some fans like to imagine Cena as an all-powerful backstage force holding others back.
But according to Colohue, Cena “thinks highly of Corbin” and has wanted to be in a program with the King of the Ring winner.
Corbin is clearly the main villain on Friday nights, and fans would love to see Cena pick up a victory over him in Tampa over WrestleMania weekend. While Cena vs. Edge or a 17th title win, for example, would be a bigger match for “The Face That Runs The Place”, neither seem likely. Edge is scheduled to face Randy Orton in his first WrestleMania feud after his return to WWE, while Cena reportedly does not want to break Ric Flair’s record.
So Cena vs. Corbin could be a quick, fun match at WWE WrestleMania 36 that serves as a break from the heavier matches but still gets fan involvement. Wrestling fans love Cena after all he’s done for the business, while they hate Corbin more than anyone else. And the added history could make for some great promos before the show itself.