WrestleMania 28: Why a Dirty Finish Is Inevitable in the Rock/John Cena Match
This year's WrestleMania main event will feature two of the biggest stars the WWE has ever seen. The Rock and John Cena will go one-on-one in the Rock's hometown of Miami, Fla.
The seeds for this rivalry were planted as early as this time last year, but the feud has particularly intensified in recent weeks in light of "Wristgate" and the emergence of an edgier Cena, as opposed to the PG-friendly "Fruity Pebbles" caricature we had become accustomed to.
Rock and Cena clearly have a genuine dislike for one another, and it is for this reason that I believe that their upcoming clash at WrestleMania 28 cannot end cleanly.
Whilst Dwayne Johnson has been known to job in the past to the likes of Brock Lesnar and Goldberg, the question must be if the A-lister's ego would allow him to put over a man whom he has continually disparaged, belittled, and pretty much buried until very recently.
Even with the "shoot" element of pro wrestling we have all come to know and love, Rocky's jibes and taunts towards Cena have crossed over the boundaries of kayfabe on a number of occasions, and I strongly believe that this feud is very much grounded in real-life opinions and shared begrudgement of the two stars toward each other.
While Vince may be pushing for a 50:50 crowd split in the Miami Gardens, it is pretty clear that we will see a largely partisan reaction for Rocky in his backyard, and this strongly suggests that the Brahma Bull will be less than reluctant to lie down in front of his hometown fans.
By the same token, when was the last time anyone went over "SuperCena" cleanly?
It is no secret that the Champ isn't the greatest fan of jobbing to others, particularly clean.
It is my view that Cena will not buck this trend, even when facing the Great One in four weeks' time.
With the way Cena has been built recently, it has led many to believe the Doctor of Thuganomics will go over at 'Mania, but I just do not see Rocky taking a clean pin/submission on the "Grandest Stage of Them All," particularly on home turf.
For me, knowing that both superstars will be extremely reluctant to be pinned/submit without some form of duress involved, it is only natural to assume that this match will have some sort of overbooked and/or convoluted ending.
In essence, there is no "right" way of booking the match, particularly when it comes to creating a scenario where either man goes over clean, without controversy.
If Rock wins clean, purists will argue that it was unnecessary for a man who hasn't competed full-time for nearly a decade to beat the company's top star.
If Cena wins clean, haters will pretty much riot.
I honestly cannot say which way this match will go, but for my money, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see an appearance by Vincent K. McMahon in some capacity or another—the man can't stay away as we all know, and will be drawn like a moth to flame to the potential of appearing in the highest-grossing WrestleMania of all-time.
If McMahon were to appear, it would be perfectly fathomable for him to screw either competitor.
It's just what he does.
Knowing the Rock will be appearing at WrestleMania 29 means a long-term storyline could be developed in the scenario of either man winning, and this could appeal to Creative in the sense that it would keep Johnson relevant over the coming year in the build to next year's event.
With Punk as champion, I don't see the Champ re-entering the WWE title picture anytime soon, so a screw-job type ending could set up Cena vs. The World, Part 1,789 in the future - this time against McMahon and the Rock (a combination we've seen before with the Rock as Corporate champion).
How will the Rock vs. Cena match end?
By no means am I suggesting that this is the most likely outcome of the Rock vs. Cena match, but I just cannot imagine this storyline ending on April 1 with a clean and tidy conclusion.
Anyway, it's fantasy booking time, so here goes (please be warned, this next section will be very much tongue-in-cheek):
Rock submits Cena via the sharpshooter after a 45-minute clinic from both men. This results in a huge Cena heel turn the following night on Raw. The Rock goes back to Hollywood. Sales of Cena merchandise hit the floor. The company closes its doors by July.
WWE's most likely booking of the match;
Double disqualification/count out.
Thanks for reading!
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