WWE WrestleMania 28 Sketchbook, the Matches, Pt. 1: Cena vs. the Rock
Welcome to my WrestleMania 28 sketchbook.
I find it hard sometimes to keep up with my writing articles for my sites, including Bleacher Report, and keeping up with my art, so I had the idea of combining the two.
I'll be doing a WrestleMania 28 sketchbook outlining each match on the card with my own artistic rendition of the matches and the storylines leading up to them.
I hope you enjoy, and I'll try and get something up each week with this series and cover every match before April 1. Sometimes, I can get picky with my stuff, and if it's not just right, I'm not going to throw it up here, so if it's not every Tuesday these go up, just be patient.
Again, hope you enjoy.
The first match I'm covering John Cena vs. The Rock.
WrestleMania 27 brought the Rock back, as he said, "home."
Arriving in his Team Bring It track suit and having some comical moments with the other superstars backstage, Rock hosted the event, lighting up the stage and getting us all to remember what it was like when the most electrifying man in sports entertainment did to an arena when he walked down the ramp.
Sure, he was pushing a movie, and yes, he wanted to launch a Twitter account, but still, he does what he does best: entertain. And the whole time he was there, you had a sense that more was to come. This didn't feel like a celebrity Raw hosting; this felt like something more. It was like the static crackle just underlying there waiting to snap and light up to show what we were really in store for.
The Rock Bottom Heard Around the World
The Rock had the biggest impact of the night when he came out during the John Cena vs. The Miz match and hit Cena with his signature move, The Rock Bottom.
Miz got covered up Cena and got the 1, 2, 3, making every Cena hater out there scream for joy and every Miz hater out there wonder what the heck just happened. Miz actually retained at WrestleMania against John Cena?!
No one saw that coming. As soon as the match was announced, the fans declared Cena the winner, and once again, WrestleMania would end with Cena standing tall and holding up his title.
But that didn't happen, The Rock changed all that and led to one of the longest build-ups to a match ever in WWE history.
The ongoing rants back and forth would carry on all year round.
Fruity Pebbles, manginas, boots to asses and all the other quips and trending topics would explode week after week. The Cold War of words never once let up, no matter what was going on with either individual.
At Survivor Series, John Cena was allowed to pick a partner to team up against R-Truth and The Miz, and he chose The Rock.
Rocky laced up his boots and hit the ring looking like he never missed a step. Clotheslines, Rock Bottoms and People's Elbows were on display for all to see, and the early 2000s were back on TV. Chants of "Rocky!" filled the arena, showing that the crowd was still behind The Brahma Bull.
The two won their match, but of course, turned on each other when it was all said in done.
To this feud's credit, there has not been one moment in the entire year-long drama that has had either man shake hands or change their point of view.
WrestleMania 28 on the Horizon
We are just a month away from the biggest WWE event of the year, and the card this year seems be one of the best of all-time.
The Rock, being the legend and the leader of the previous generation, going up against John Cena, the current top guy on the roster.
Similar back to when Hogan squared off against the Rock 10 WrestleManias ago at WrestleMania 18, it's two icons from two different generations in a dream match. The difference here being that while Rock isn't the old legend Hogan was, he's still fit, still ready to go and he can still bring it.
What can be expected from this match? For one, it's a good thing its in Miami and there's no roof because I'm certain it would blow completely off the place. The cheers and boos will be deafening, and it will most certainly be a highlight of the night that will be talked about forever.
More to Come
Hope you enjoyed the first part to the WrestleMania 28 sketchbook, John Cena vs. The Rock
The next in the series will be Triple H vs. The Undertaker
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Until next time...BOOM!