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The John Report: Why The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 29 Is Realistic

In the aftermath of my 20 WWE Ideas to Consider column, I received a similar comment many times on Twitter, Facebook and in email. That comment can be summarized with: “I like your ideas, but I don’t want to see The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania again.”

I get that. We saw it last year. It was a good match, but it wasn’t the kind of match that left us clamoring for more. My premise for the column featured ideas I wanted to see, and in the case of Cena/Rock, it was based on my best assumption that a rematch to headline WrestleMania 29 is very likely.

When Rock vs. Cena happened at WrestleMania 28 earlier this year. I figured there would be two scenarios for the outcome of the match.

1. Cena wins clean. Post match, Rock raises his hand out of respect.

2. Rock wins. It would lead a rematch at WrestleMania 29 where the first scenario happens, which means that Cena wins.

Obviously, the first option didn’t happen. Is the second scenario a “lock” to happen? No. Nothing in wrestling is ever a sure thing. Is it likely though? I think so.

My belief is that the reason Rock went over Cena clean at WrestleMania 28 is to build up Cena for another year to have him beat Rock clean at WrestleMania 29. This time the stakes would be raised because Rock would walk in as the WWE Champion.

I realize that a lot of people out there don’t really love this scenario. Between WrestleMania 27 and WrestleMania 28 all we heard about was Rock vs. Cena. By the time the match got here there was no way they could live up to the hype. Ultimately we got a very good match out of them in my opinion, but it was not the epic classic that some people might have expected.

I’m not here to say it’s the best thing WWE can do. I just think it’s the most realistic scenario that WWE will do when they get to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on April 7th, 2013.

What about at triple-threat match with CM Punk involved with these two? I think it’s unlikely. The Rock/Cena rematch is the draw. Triple threats do not do as well in terms of drawing interest for a match or making it seem more special.

The CM Punk involvement with Rock will lead to a match between the two with the WWE Championship on the line at the 2013 Royal Rumble. Whether CM Punk holds the title all the way to the Royal Rumble or he drops it soon before winning it back, I’d expect to see Rock challenging Punk for the WWE Championship?

Guess who would win that match? The Rock.

Think about it. If WWE doesn’t think enough of Punk to truly headline less important PPVs like Over The Limit, No Way Out and others then why would they have him in the last match at WrestleMania 29?

I’m not hating on Punk. It’s nothing like that. I think he truly is the “best in the world”—just like he says he is—and he’s been the highlight on WWE TV and PPV for the last year. There’s no doubt about any of it. All I’m saying is, realistically speaking, we know that WWE management doesn’t put Punk on the same pedestal as they do Rock or Cena.

The story writes itself. The Rock would win the WWE Championship. John Cena would win the Royal Rumble. The rematch is on.

The fact remains that Rock is the biggest name that WWE can put into a ring on April 7, 2013. Not only is he a WWE legend, but he garners the attention of the media. With the show taking place in the shadows of New York City, the center of the of media universe, the focus of the show will be on Rock wrestling in the main event. It wouldn’t be just any match. The stakes would be raised from the year prior. This would be The Rock in a WWE Championship match as the champion.

In Cena’s case, he has been the unquestionable top star in WWE since Rock stopped being a full time performer 10 years ago. Rock has beat Hogan, Austin and Cena at WrestleMania. Now it’s time for do something even bigger than that.

What’s that? Simple. Give back to the business that gave him so much in his life. Rock doesn’t “owe” us anything. He knows how the business works, though. He lost as many matches as any top guy in WWE history. Rock was the one that dropped major championship to the likes of Mick Foley (WWE Title), Kurt Angle (WWE Title), Chris Jericho (WCW Title) and Brock Lesnar (WWE Title) to name a few.

What does Rock have left to do in wrestling? Nothing. Except one thing. That’s the official passing of the torch over to John Cena. It’s not always about what we want or what you specifically want, Cena haters. It’s about what Vince McMahon feels is the best business decision for his company.

Think about it. April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium. Over 80,000 fan screaming their heads off in part because they’re excited, but also because it will keep them warm, too! You know what else there will be? More mainstream media press than any other match WWE could put on. That’s what drives business. That’s why it’s a business decision more than anything.

They could recreate the finish of last year. Cena could go for the People’s Elbow, Rock could pop to his feet, hit a Rock Bottom again and this time Cena could kick out. If there was a roof, it would blow off. Instead, Cena would fight back, hit the Attitude Adjustment and defeat The Rock in the middle of the ring.

Post match, Cena would be given the WWE Championship. Followed by a handshake and hug. Respect earned. Respect given.

End scene.


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  • The Showoff

    WWE title- Punk vs Cena(Iron Man Match or 2/3 falls), Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker, Triple H vs The Rock, World title- Sheamus vs Orton vs D Bryan vs Ziggler. I would prefer that.

  • Ron

    Punk stays champ, beats cena at NoC beats beats to rock a rumble and beats rock/cena triple threat at wrestlemania

  • Whalebosk

    Problem is, who do you realistically pair Punk up with at Wrestlemania then?? Honestly. You can get away with Cena v Taker, which would leave open the possibility of Punk/Rock. I understand all of the business side of things and you are most likely right about this. We basically have 6 guys who they are going to have to pair together somehow.(HHH, Taker, Cena, Punk, Rock, Brock) Then that leaves Orton, Sheamus, DBry and Probably Ziggler in terms of ‘Main Guys’… All interesting scenarios.

  • eric

    good column mr cantor. always like and enjoy your coulmns you write and do. cena doesn’t need torch pass. i thought hbk shawn micheals. just as paul heyman said a few weeks ago on raw. hbk best in ring performer of all time. hbk pass torch to cena at wrestlemania23 in detriot. when he tap out to him in middle of ring. hhh pass torch to cena by tapping out to him at wm22 in chiago 6 yrs ago. i think cena should pass torch to a new guy. maybe cody rhodes or dophl ziggler who are younger in there 20’s cena is 35 yrs old. he needs to pass torch. i would rather the rock pass it to cm punk who is alot better than cena in ring and cutting promos. his build up has been great. the rock passing torch to cm punk would be great. i enjoy what randy orton has done for younger talent last year. losing to alberto del rio recently. also agree put over drop world title to mark henry last year. clean in middle of ring on ppv. well deserve world title run for henry. orton losing clean to adr taping out in on smackdown. orton does what cena doesn’t do. that is putting over young talent. losing in middle of ring. cena needs to put over young talent. would love to see cena in non title match. put over cody rhodes, or dophl ziggler. who are future. wheter vince likes it or not. cena is not going to be in wwe forever. he will retired on day. so why not put over young talent?

  • sammo

    I bet 90% of the Internet Wrestling Community are predicting the exact same thing – The Rock to beat Punk for the title at Royal Rumble then drop it to Cena at WrestleMania.

    It just all seems rather too predictable, dontcha think?!

  • questionable

    I like your website, (personal), but its impossible to navigate. It looks like someone threw up on in with words, please clean it up as after 15 mins of looking at columns out of date order I did really enjoy it.

  • devontet

    If Rock should pass the torch then pass it to Punk… Im not Punks biggest fan but if you recall leading up to WrestleMania 26 Batista stated that the torch was passed from Austin to Cena and in some ways hes right… Rock was the 2ND top star of the attitude era not THE top star.. that was Stone Cold… and for Cena to be in the position he is in now i would say he doesnt need to beat the rock…Let their match from WM28 be the only one because it makes sense for the rock to be the man that beat all 3 top stars that the WWE had to offer.. Hogan Austin and Cena…. There is no 2nd top star in this era like there was for Attitude Era… But should they make a 2nd top face of the company then have The Rock beat Cena at the Rumble and lose to either Punk or Orton.. I would say Bryan because hes great but hes just not at the highest highest level if that makes any sense

  • Bill

    The problem is that most of us don’t want to see anyone raise Cena’s hand at Mania. If Rock lost the WWE title to Cena cleanly, & then they celebrated, they’d both probably be booed out of the arena, especially in New York. If they had a match, Cena should seriously turn heel or at least act as the heel in the match. They should not main event Wrestlemania again. Their match was a let down, especially with all of the hype & the fact that they had to follow Undertaker’s match. I was not jumping for joy, but I wasn’t super pissed either. I wasn’t feeling much at the end of Wrestlemania 28. Either make Taker’s match the main event for WM 29, or a WWE title match without Cena.

  • I’m fine with rock being wwe champ the only thing is will he be able to make the commitment that comes with being wwe champ will be there for evey raw every house show every ppv leading to wm 29? I doubt it I’m very interested to see how wwe will work that out

  • Another John

    I agree w/ you 100% John. Ignore this guy above me ^

  • Pete

    Why does the rock need to pass the torch down to cena? Cena is already the poster boy of wwe