The deck is stacked against John Cena.
It's The Rock's first WrestleMania in almost 10 years, in his hometown, in the main event.
All indications seem to be pointing toward The Rock leaving Miami with a victory over Cena.
But that isn't how it should happen.
The Rock is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood today and one of the biggest ever in the history professional wrestling. He has legions of fans all over the globe that hang on his every word and no matter what Cena says about him leaving for seven years, albeit true, the fans will continue to love him.
In essence what I'm trying to say is that The Rock, who I idolized growing up, doesn't need to win.
Cena on the other hand is a different story.
Unlke The Rock, Cena will continue to be a full-time employee after WrestleMania. He will have to continue to be taken seriously and cheered by the fans each and every time he walks through that curtain.
If Cena loses, I'm not so sure if people will look at him the same.
In the wrestling business, there always has to come a time where the torch is passed. There comes a time when the business has to be moved forward. The Rock winning will not move the business forward. What will The Rock beating Cena at WrestleMania do for the credibility of WWE's top star and money maker. Nothing. If anything it may hurt it.
Do you think John Cena should defeat The Rock at WrestleMania?
But Cena beating The Rock clean in the middle of that ring, would do wonders for a guy like Cena. Maybe he would finally earn the respect of all of the fans older than 12, or maybe his merchandise will sell even more. Regardless of the monetary effects, Cena will become a bigger star.
He will be known as the guy that defeated The Rock in his first WrestleMania match since 2004.
The Rock winning will just be another feather of many in his cap. Cena winning will be the feather in his cap.
Think about where The Rock was 10 years ago in Toronto. He was already a big star, but a win over Hulk Hogan, who didn't even put over Shawn Michaels or Triple H, made The Rock an even bigger star.
It passed the torch to him. It moved the business forward.
It's almost too easy and too predictable to have The Rock win. Like I stated earlier, in its his hometown, in front of his family, maybe going into the Hall of Fame, he's one of the biggest and most well-known people on the planet. It almost makes too much sense.
While Cena winning brings a shock value that would register with people a lot longer than another win for The Rock.
There will be headlines of the event the next day no matter who wins. But the effects of Cena winning will last much longer.
Cena may not as big of a star as The Rock, he may not work better than The Rock, but he has to beat The Rock at WrestleMania.