WWE: John Cena vs. the Rock Could Be Vince's Greatest Story Ever Told
The interest in the WrestleMania 28 main event match between The Rock and John Cena grows by the week.With each guy firing verbal shots at the other, ripping their character or their ability to remember the words of the promos, it feels real. It feels like these two guys genuinely hate each other.
My reaction to that? To quote the World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan: "YES! YES! YES!"
I don't know what Rock truly feels about Cena and vice versa. Does it really matter if they go to the bar after the show to kick back to chat about their personal lives? Not really.
What matters is if they are willing to work together to do their part in building up a huge money making match at WrestleMania. Obviously they are willing to do that. The winners in that case are us, the fans. We are witnessing two of the best talkers ever (yes, Cena haters, he is a great talker) sell a match in the kind of creative way that we all like to see.
Vince McMahon can't be happy that people have been booing Cena for many years now. He wants them to support Cena. They were smart to schedule this week's Raw show in Boston. It was John's hometown and people cheered him more this time than they did the last time they were there.
Yes people liked Rock too, but they supported Cena a lot as well. The playing field has evened out. Cena isn't the underdog going into the match. That doesn't mean he'll be cheered in Miami on April 1. I doubt more than 20 percent of the audience cheers him going into the match, but that's okay.
Is John Cena beating The Rock at WrestleMania 28 the right move?
What's important is that because he's stood up to The Rock and laughed in his face, people will believe it when he wins the match at WrestleMania.
It's the reaction after Cena beats Rock that matters the most. If that reaction is a positive one than I guarantee you the happiest person in the world at that moment will be WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
For those of you asking why would Rock come back after seven years just to lose? Because that's what Rock has done his whole career. No main event-level performer in the history of WWE has put over more talent than The Rock, even in the biggest matches. Let's revisit history a little bit here.
Kurt Angle's first major World Title win? He beat The Rock at No Mercy 2000. By the way, the pre-match fake interview that Angle did with Rock is one of the funniest bits during this time period.
When Chris Jericho won the WCW World Title at No Mercy 2001, considered to be a major prize at the time, he did it by beating The Rock.
At SummerSlam 2002, with Rock set to leave WWE for a short period of time to go film a movie, Brock Lesnar defeated him in impressive fashion to win his first WWE Title.
How about the last time Rock wrestled at a WrestleMania? It was WrestleMania 20. He teamed up with Mick Foley to put over Randy Orton & Batista (who teamed with Ric Flair), both of whom were on their way to becoming world champions within the next year.
I could mention other big losses like losing three consecutive WrestleMania main events, but I think you get the point. I realize that it's not up to the wrestler to decide who wins and who loses. However, they do have an influence. I have read interviews with Rock over the years where he would talk about how he liked to put people over because that meant he had more opponents to work with down the road that he could draw money with. It's simple, really.
If you win every match all the time who is going to pay to see when they know what the outcome will be? It's the same reason why Cena has a lot of heat with fans. He has been booked too strong and people have turned on him for that.
I'm not telling you what to think or feel. I'm suggesting you like what you're seeing just as I would say during any wrestling show. The "shoot promos" between Rock and Cena are generally a lot of fun. Enjoy them for what they are. Marvel at how real it feels. That's the point of pro wrestling at its core. The ability to make fans believe what they are watching is what pro wrestling is about.
With all that in mind, remember that the reason this feud is happening is to make John Cena into a bigger star than he ever was. Vince McMahon knows that there's nobody on the planet more capable of doing that than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
What is WWE's end game? It's a simple formula. Two men enter. Rock walks in as the bigger star. He's the guy the fans like more. Cena walks in as the guy that WWE's business structure is built around. They have a classic match. They kick out of big moves. The crowd reacts to everything as if they were watching Hulk vs. Andre 25 years later. Cena wins. The haters boo, but they might also pause to reflect and think "maybe that Cena guy isn't so bad after all." If that happens then they've got you hook, line and sinker.
Professional wrestling isn't about who wins and loses. It's about telling a story.
Mark my words. If WrestleMania 28 ends with 75,000 people cheering a victorious John Cena then it would be one of the greatest stories Vince McMahon has ever told.
John Canton is a regular contributor at the Bleacher Report that's excited about going to WrestleMania 28 in Miami. He's a fan of The Rock and John Cena. He won't pick a side. He's too busy enjoying the story. You can read more of his work at his website thejohnreport.net where he's currently reviewing every WrestleMania event prior to WrestleMania 28 and follow him on Twitter @johnreport where he tweets a lot about wrestling as well as other interesting topics.
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