WWE Wrestlemania: John Cena vs. the Rock & Triple H vs. Undertaker Is a Bad Idea

Mike Shannon@@DLman91Featured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15. The Undertaker enters the arena during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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I can already hear you thinking right now:  "Wait a minute, what is this guy talking about?  People are dying to see Cena vs. the Rock, and Triple H vs. Undertaker is going to be awesome!"

I totally agree with you.  The Rock-Cena issue is going to be great stuff, and you know Undertaker and Triple H are going to put on a fantastic show in Hell in a Cell.

The problem is that this is a terrible idea which completely compromises WWE's future.

There's no denying that Cena, Rocky, Undertaker and Triple H are bona fide superstars with huge drawing potential and the talent to step up their performances on the big stage.

However, what happens after the event?

After WrestleMania 28 has come and gone, the lights are turned out and the capacity crowd is sent home, where does that leave World Wrestling Entertainment?

The Rock, for all his bravado, will be gone to make movies once more.  There is absolutely zero chance that the Rock will ever wrestle a full schedule, so he's out of the picture.

The Undertaker will be heading into another sabbatical to heal and rest his over-40 body just like he does every year after WrestleMania.  Taker is a legend, but he's simply past his prime and is completely finished working a full schedule.  There will be questions if he can even make it to WrestleMania 29.

Triple H will head back into semi-retirement, prepping himself to take over for Vince McMahon and taking care of his kids with Stephanie McMahon.  Sure, he'll still he on television as an authority figure and occasional performer, but his wrestling career is approaching its end, and Hunter can't carry the main event scene anymore.

That only leaves John Cena as the guy to carry the company for the rest of the year.  However, they have systematically broken down his Superman babyface character so much that 50 percent of the audience wants him destroyed at every event. 

The Rock verbally destroys him, crowds boo the hell out of him and WWE is even selling anti-Cena shirts for God knows what reason.  Could you imagine WWE selling anti-Hulk Hogan T-shirts in 1989?  Of course not.

So there you have it:  The day after WrestleMania, 75 percent of the main event scene will be gone, leaving only John Cena to carry the torch for the rest of the year. 

While that seems bad, this is worse—because of the Taker-Triple H and Rock-Cena feuds, WWE has completely ignored their young talent, who are supposed to be carrying the company for the next five to 10 years.

Dolph Ziggler?  Completely jobbed out over the past few months and not even involved in a feud heading into WrestleMania.

Zack Ryder?  Made to look like a total wuss who gets his brains beat in, loses his girlfriend to his best friend and completely dead in the water as a character.

The Miz?  Seems to be finished for now in the main event scene over backstage heat and attitude problems after being in the main event of WrestleMania 27.

Are these guys the answer to WWE's woes?  Maybe, but how are you going to know unless you give them a shot?  Right now, WWE TV is devoted almost entirely to the Triple H-Undertaker and Rock-Cena issues, putting all the full-time wrestlers on the back burner.

Look, The Rock was (and probably still is) a great wrestler.  He has more charisma in his little finger than the rest of the WWE roster has in their whole bodies—but he's finished.

Triple H was the best worker in the world at one point and has a great mind for the business that will carry WWE on for the next 25 years.  However, his career is behind him, and he cares more about family (and rightly so) than wrestling now.

The Undertaker is a legend who stuck with WWE through the good and bad times and someone who could always be counted on, but he's done.  Undertaker's body won't allow him to wrestle a full schedule, and he's well aware that the end is near.

That's it.  Three-quarters of your WrestleMania main eventers will be gone, finished, bye-bye on the Monday after the event.

WrestleMania 28 will draw a huge house, a huge buyrate and will probably be a great card.  However, what happens the day after?

WWE might not want to face that question, but it's coming closer and closer each day.