While nobody wants to admit it, the WWE is struggling to replace 16-Time World Champion, John Cena. With a plethora of Hollywood roles with Cena’s name on it, it seems his full-time wrestling days are behind him. WWE thought Roman Reigns could carry the company like Cena, but a battle with Leukemia is currently holding him back from being that face the WWE desperately needs. Here are five, suitable replacements for John Cena as the face of WWE:
- Seth Rollins
At the time of The Shield’s first disbanding at the hands of Seth Rollins, “The Architect” had only laid down blueprints to what would be an impressive run at the top. In the summer of 2014, Seth Rollins literally climbed the ranks and earned himself the Money in the Bank briefcase. He decided to exercise his automatic championship match clause during the main event of WrestleMania 31. In a WWE Championship match that started with defending champion Brock Lesnar (whom Rollins previously faced in a title match two months prior with the addition of John Cena) and Roman Reigns, saw Rollins cash-in his contract and steal the WWE Championship from both Lesnar and Reigns. This was the first WrestleMania cash-in ever. Rollins would go on to become a US and WWE Double Champion in 2015 and Grand Slam Champion in 2018 while also defeating Triple H at WrestleMania 33. Rollins also has put on incredible matches on Monday Night Raw such as his one hour performance in a Gauntlet match and his Raw Tag Team Championship victory over Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, the night of Reigns’ leukemia announcement. Rollins is currently a 2019 Royal Rumble match betting favorite and clearly the heart and soul of Monday Night Raw.
- Drew McIntyre
When Drew McIntyre appeared on WWE TV for the first time, he was declared “The Chosen One” and a “future world champion” by Vince McMahon himself. This would be far from true. In his time in WWE prior to his release in 2014, he would only have held two championships (one Intercontinental Championship and one Tag Team Championship). But three years later in 2017, McIntyre would return to WWE in the fashion of one of the most dominating figures on the NXT brand. Within five months of his NXT TV debut, he would capture the NXT Championship from Bobby Roode at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III. Since his move to the main roster in April of 2018, he has shown everything he wasn’t in 2014. McIntyre is 6 foot 5 inches, weighs 265 pounds and has incredible promo skills. All of these traits are traits Vince McMahon looks for in his world champions. Behind Rollins, McIntyre is another favorite to win the Royal Rumble in 2019. Also, both Rollins and McIntyre are in discussion for a main event appearance and a Universal Championship win for WrestleMania 35.
- Adam Cole
Arguably the most polarizing character in NXT since “Demon” Finn Balor, Adam Cole is the perfect replacement for Cena. Despite the ability to replace Cena, I can really see the Shawn Michaels influence running through his veins. The hair, the superkick, the charisma. Adam Cole’s charisma alone is a reason why he can take over for Cena. When Adam Cole throws up the two fingers, you know to echo his “Adam Cole! Bay-Bay!”. As the leader of the Undisputed Era and the first NXT North American Champion, Cole has so much room to further improve in NXT prior to his move-up to the main roster. Mark my words: once Adam Cole reaches the main roster, he will take the entire world by storm.
- EC3 (Ethan Carter III)
EC3 (Ethan Carter III) is not afraid to tell you that he’s better than you. He knows he’s in the top one percent and that’s why he’s recently been called up for a main roster move. Carter’s physique can single-handedly be the reason why he is in the top one percent. Besides his superb mic skills, insane wrestling abilities, his physique is an essential part in him being the face. EC3 has the best physique out of anybody on this list. Granted he is one of the smallest in height on this list, his supernatural, strongman ability is essentially the attribute that will separate him from the pack the most.
- Becky Lynch
Becky. Lynch. Is. The. Man. Period. Lynch is embracing the Stone Cold Steve Austin comparisons and has been the most savage superstar in the pro wrestling world in recent memory. She has called out everybody there is to call out. She simply does not care about what she has to do to draw heat. And honestly, she has yet to be wrong on many of her call-outs. She possesses some of the most raw talent out of any performer, male or female in the industry. Becky Lynch main evented the first All-Women’s pay-per-view, Evolution, in which she defeated Charlotte Flair in the first Last Woman Standing Match to retain her SmackDown Live Women’s Championship. Yes, she may have lost her title to Asuka at TLC 2018, but, she was in the main event. Also, WWE needed to find a way to get her and/or Charlotte Flair into the “Ronda Rousey WrestleMania mix”, so they had Rousey push Lynch and Flair off of the ladder they were battling on and left Asuka to pick up the scraps and win the title. Some other pieces of her resume that stood out was that Lynch was also the first SmackDown Live Women’s Champion, named Women’s Wrestler of the Year in 2018 by both WWE and Sports Illustrated. And in all honesty, if you asked Lynch who she thought was the face of the company, she would say herself. But is she wrong?