It's being hyped as one of the biggest WrestleMania main events in history. Even casual fans know that Rocky is back in the 'Mania spotlight.
WWE has accomplished building a year-long feud without it becoming stale. As a fan of thirty years, I have a great appreciation for their efforts. It reminds me of the days when feuds weren't force-fed to the fans just to fill a monthly pay-per-view card.
Anyway, enough of me being a curmudgeon.
Here's my take: The Rock should win.
Why? Two reasons:
He's more popular with many of the fans than Cena is. Listen to the pop that Rocky gets when he enters an arena. That's not nostalgia, folks. The guy is over and always will be.
Defeating Cena will do nothing to damage or shame Cena's character. Hear me out on this one. It's not as crazy as it sounds.
Orton and Michaels had firmly established characters already, so losing one match couldn't possibly do any harm. Cena is still arguably the face of the company, and putting Rocky over would do little to damage that.
Besides, I can't be the only one sick of Super Cena. Losing once in a while is good for you, Johnny. Embrace doing the job, son.
Who will win at WrestleMania?
All that said, The Rock will lose.
Why? One reason. Protection of Cena.
Cena puts money in the coffers, friends. That alone is enough to keep him protected and not lose to someone coming in from the outside, even if it is one of the WWE's biggest stars ever.
Cena isn't a better worker than Rocky. He's not as charismatic, and as good as he is on the stick, Rocky owns anyone who goes toe to toe with him verbally.
But I have to give the devil his due. Cena is correct when he says he's there, week in and week out. I'm not a Cena fan, but I respect the hell out of him for that.
I know this makes me sound like a total mark for The Rock, but it seems clear as day to me that he should go over.
And I'm sure it's quite clear to Vince why Rocky won't.