WrestleMania 28: John Cena Is Owning the Rock on the Mic

John NizinskiAnalyst IIIFebruary 28, 2012

The Rock is widely regarded at the most charismatic and best WWE superstar ever on the mic.

He rose to the top of the company quickly because of his ability to cut the best promos. He has about a million catchphrases and nicknames.

Yet his WrestleMania 28 opponent, John Cena, continues to own him in the battles on the mic.

Starting from the time that The Rock came out and shocked the WWE Universe when he was announced as the WrestleMania 27 host, these two have been going back and forth at each other.

The Rock officially started this rivalry when he came out and called out Cena for talking trash about him. The Rock took a shot at Cena's colorful shirts and "You Can't See Me" catchphrase.

His statements toward the star of the current WWE made the WWE Universe think that there was actually a chance that we could see a match between The Rock and Cena. 

The following week, Cena came out, brought back his "thuganomic" roots and delivered arguably the best promo of his career. He explained his trash talk and delivered what he said was a "first-round KO."

His shots at The Rock included "you left us high and dry, to play a fairy with the tooth" and "I'm like a big purple pinwheel, Rock, so go ahead and blow me." This showed right away that Cena could handle himself against the Rock on the mic.

In response to Cena's comments, The Rock delivered a promo via satellite. While it was entertaining, as The Rock usually is, the fact that it was via satellite took something away.

The Rock has actually had the upper hand so far when it comes to actual physical encounters. He screwed Cena over in his WrestleMania 27 match against the Miz.

Then he left Cena laying in the ring at Survivor Series. But when it comes to promos and confrontations on the mic, Cena has the upper hand.

As we have begun to get ready and build up for WrestleMania 28, the Cena-Rock rivalry has started to pick up again. Cena initiated the showdown this time by cutting one of the best promos of his career on the Feb 21 edition of Monday Night Raw.

Cena turned many of the usual boos into cheers by delivering a strong message to the Rock that felt genuine and from the heart. He went a little more in-depth with his shots toward the Rock. His intensity lit the fire under the rivalry again.

Finally, The Rock came back to Monday Night Raw and responded to Cena's comments. The promo started off slow and failed to deliver the same electricity that The Rock usually brings.

Between the interrupting chants and the continuous trending references, The Rock failed to deliver a segment that was comparable to Cena's the previous week. The highlight of the entire promo was when Cena came out.

After being told that he was "missing balls," Cena came out, stood toe-to-toe with the Rock and once again held his own on the mic and then some. Cena called the Rock out for apparently writing notes on his wrist, which seemed to actually shock the Rock.

He also told The Rock that he was going to beat the hell out of him at WrestleMania.

Cena was the winner of this short exchange and stole the show from The Rock's segment.

The Rock is losing at his own game. He has made a living out of owning people on the mic and in his promos. So far, Cena is winning that battle, and we are most likely in store for some intense confrontations between the two as we move closer to their match at WrestleMania.