Following the Royal Rumble john Cena became feuding with the (U.S )Champion Rusev. In the start of the feud John Cena was depicted as an “old veteran”.In the start of the feud John Cena was depicted as an “old veteran”. At Fastlane Rusev won after Cena passed out to Rusev’s submission, the Accolade, after Rusev hit Cena with a low blow following a distraction from his manager Lana. In the following weeks, Cena challenged Rusev to a rematch, which was declined. Stephanie McMahon decreed that Cena would not compete at WrestleMania 31 unless Rusev agreed to a match. On the March 9 episode of Raw, Cena attacked Rusev, refusing to release the STF submission hold even though Rusev tapped out. This continued until Lana granted Cena a title rematch at WrestleMania against Rusev.