WWE WrestleMania 28: Why We Do Care About the Rock vs. John Cena Matchup

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IFebruary 10, 2012

Disclaimer: This is a response to "WWE WrestleMania: 12 Reasons No One Cares about the Rock vs. John Cena."

The Rock vs. John Cena is one of the most anticipated matchups in WWE history; to say otherwise is plain foolish. 

As a 22-year-old who has been a wrestling fan my whole life, this is the match I have wanted to see since John Cena became especially relevant in the WWE in the latter part of the recent decade.

According to statistics from Ad Sales at WWE.com, 67 percent of wrestling fans are between the ages of 18-49. This means that a great chunk of the WWE Universe is very familiar with the Rock, and most certainly familiar with John Cena.

Being the two most polarizing figures of their era, it would come as no surprise that this match would be the ideal battle between the Attitude Era and the PG Era. 

John Cena is the most iconic man in wrestling today—regardless of the fact that he has been out of the title picture as of late. Whether wrestling fans love or hate John Cena, they still have a strong opinion about him, and that is what separates Cena from the rest.

The Rock was the most iconic man in wrestling during the Attitude Era—regardless of what people said about Stone Cold, the Rock was still the man. Fans have always loved the Rock, even when he was a heel.

Speaking of being a heel, it seems like John Cena might finally turn to the dark side. Unless you did not watch the Elimination Chamber, then you should know that when Cena is put up against a coveted wrestler in his hometown, Cena will not come out as a crowd favorite.


Cena will need to change his ways in order to save the WWE from embarrassment when their top star is getting booed out of the building again. Whether it is a heel turn or a slight gimmick change, something with John Cena will change—something the WWE fans have wanted from John Cena for five years now.

I fully expect Cena to “embrace the hate” and become a heel once the match is over with Kane at Elimination Chamber. 

There should also be no concerns on whether or not this will be an exciting wrestling match. 

Remember when John Cena was feuding with CM Punk this year and he actually got credit from the fans because of his wrestling ability? Expect more of that love to come when he faces the Rock at WrestleMania 28. 

John Cena always puts on quality wrestling matches when he has a quality opponent. Cena was even able to put on a great match with Batista at WrestleMania 26—and let’s be honest, Batista is a very bad wrestler. 

The Rock is not the greatest technical wrestler, either, but he knows how to electrify a crowd with incredible story telling in the ring. The Rock is definitely better skilled than Cena when it comes to wrestling ability, but he is definitely no Bret Hart. 

Although the Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk match is rumored to happen at WrestleMania 28 this year, it has nothing to do with the Rock vs. John Cena. If anything, that great matchup between two of the most technically skilled wrestlers will put pressure on Cena and the Rock to perform to their utmost ability in the ring. 

Expect Cena and the Rock to give the best of their abilities when they come together for their first, and maybe final match on April 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. 


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