John Cena vs Daniel Cormier at WrestleMania- UFC Fighter Michael Chiesa Reveals His Dream Matchup

Published 04/17/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Daniel Cormier poses on the scale during the UFC 230 weigh-in inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2018 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


John Cena has been away from the WWE ring for well over a year now, and fans are unsure of his return timeline. As Cena gets more movie offers, we may have to get used to a part-time schedule.

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That being said, there is a lot of talk over Cena’s ‘Retirement Match’, a final send-off for one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time. Every legend in the business has one last match to cap off their careers, and it looks as though ‘The Cenator’ hasn’t quite finished his business with the company. 

John Cena during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

While the WWE Universe ponders about the perfect match for the 16-time World Champion, Michael Chiesa seems to have made up his mind already. In a recent post on Twitter, the UFC fighter paired John Cena up with none other than Daniel Cormier. 

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Every fan of UFC and WWE has dreamt of this scenario. Daniel Cormier, once a double champion in UFC of the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Division, is a wrestler by training and has long teased a debut in WWE. 

ANAHEIM, CA – JULY 29: Daniel Cormier taunts opponent Jon Jones (not pictured in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event at Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Cormier often uses wrestling antics in the ring and is more than familiar with WWE and its product. Hence, it won’t be a big surprise if he dons WWE boots, especially since his rivalry with Brock Lesnar never came to fruition in UFC. 

Fans would not mind seeing Daniel Cormier vs John Cena

Now retired, Daniel Cormier has stepped away from his gloves but still holds a commentary role by the Octagon. During his prime, Cormier was an absolute beast with rare agility for his size and a killer striking ability.

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Although that striking will be limited in WWE, we can surely see him square off with John Cena for that perfect send-off. 

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: John Cena prepares for his fight against Seth Rollins at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

However, seasoned pro-wrestling fans won’t popularly want this to be Cena’s final match in the ring and would prefer someone with whom he has had a huge history. We may be talking about years of backstory.

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Looking at the few men on the roster that could give that to Cena, Randy Orton is the name that fans would be most comfortable backing for this final fight. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t mind seeing Daniel Cormier wrestle with John Cena somewhere down the line.

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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