WWE Royal Rumble 2012: Why We Can't Wait for John Cena vs. the Rock
In just a couple short months, possibly the biggest match within the past decade will occur at WrestleMania, when John Cena will take on The Rock.
This match has been in the making for an entire year, and its time for the storyline to start to pick up some more. For those wrestling fans out there, it is becoming difficult to wait for this match.
#5: John Cena's Current Story Line Is Getting Old
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I'm sure everyone is starting to get a little sick of this storyline between Kane and John Cena. Since the end of last year, Kane has been trying to get Cena to "embrace the hate" rather than Cena's signature of "rise above hate."
This storyline has evolved into seeing Cena's good friend Zack Ryder (and his girlfriend Eve) be included in the storyline, and even suffer a massive injury at the hands of Kane. The countless weeks of Kane attacking Ryder just to get Cena angry are going on long enough.
Many feel that this storyline is causing Cena to go on a heel turn. While it is refreshing to see Cena's character have a new edge to it, multiple people are looking forward to the end of the storyline (which will likely happen at next month's pay-per-view, Elimination Chamber).
Not only that, but then Zack Ryder can return and finally get the true push that he deserves, rather than being a jobber in a storyline for an already established superstar.
Then it will be time to focus on his match with the Great One.
#4: The Rock Wrestles Again
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The most electrifying man in sports entertainment. The Great One. The Brahma Bull. The People's Champ.
His return at Survivor Series was his first match in seven years, and it resulted in the Survivor Series being one of the most bought pay-per-views in a long time for WWE.
The Rock was one of, if not the most popular wrestler in the business during his prime. The only other person that could rival his popularity was Stone Cold Steve Austin. By having him involved in the WWE again, especially at the Grandest Stage of them All, the WWE is trying to bring back some of its older audience—members from the Attitude Era—that they had lost.
I for one am excited to see him wrestle yet again, as he was and probably always will be my favorite wrestler.
#3: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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When John Cena and The Rock finally square off, that means it is every wrestling fan's version of Christmas... WrestleMania.
WrestleMania has seen some of the best matches of all time. It claims the legendary streak of The Undertaker (who is apparently trying to challenge Triple H once again at WrestleMania based of last night's Raw), and has seen some of the greatest in the industry wrestle their last match in the WWE at this event (recent examples include The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair).
The card for WrestleMania already appears like it is going to be a great one. It looks like WWE is finally setting up for the Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk storyline that has been rumored since Jericho's return. That would leave Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan (or the World Heavyweight Champion at the time). Rumors have the Money in the Bank ladder match returning to WrestleMania as well.
The WWE holds nothing back when it comes to WrestleMania. Look for them to go big this year, being in The Rock's hometown of Miami, Florida.
#2: WWE Draft
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Every year just after WrestleMania, the WWE has its annual Draft. Just after Cena vs. The Rock, it will be time for the draft.
This is one of my favorite moments of the entire year, as it presents huge change amongst the organization. Last season saw Randy Orton drafted from Raw to Smackdown, John Cena drafted to Smackdown, then back to Raw, and Big Show and Mark Henry swapping places.
You never quite know what will happen at the draft, but it will always be an entertaining show with some serious repercussions for the rest of the season in the WWE.
#1: One Great Match
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The last time a match of this magnitude took place was a full 10 years ago, when The Rock took on Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania XVIII (18). In that match, two icons faced off, with Hogan being arguably the most popular wrestler of his era, facing The Rock, arguably the most popular wrestler of his respective era.
Looks like a familiar formula, no?
John Cena (most popular wrestler of today's era) vs. The Rock (most popular wrestler of the Attitude Era).
Needless to say, this match will be epic. Combine Cena's charisma against the Rock's ability to energize and electrify the crowd, and you will have one exciting match.
Is it WrestleMania yet?