Goldberg’s shocking victory at WWE Super ShowDown earlier this year over Bray Wyatt had many consequences, which included Bray Wyatt being knocked out of his scheduled WrestleMania feud with Roman Reigns. Another victim of the move wound up being Elias, who told Sports Illustrated that he was originally meant to face John Cena at WrestleMania 36 in the culmination of a three-year story.
“New Orleans, I’m in the mix with John and the Undertaker,” Elias says of WrestleMania 34. “The next year, I’m in there with John and the Undertaker again—John at WrestleMania, the Undertaker the night next on Raw. I was supposed to go on and face the Undertaker at the show in Saudi Arabia. That never ended up happening because of Goldberg, but that was supposed to be my match.
“The year after was supposed to be myself against John Cena at WrestleMania in a three-year running story. Things obviously changed and that didn’t end up happening.”
Elias would wind up facing Baron Corbin at WrestleMania instead, while Wyatt faced Cena in a memorable Firefly Funhouse match.