John Cena vs. The Rock at Wrestlemania XXVIIII.
We've been hearing about this match for months. As these two icons square off, it's supposedly the biggest wrestling match of all time.
And I bet most of you believe John Cena, whether you like him or not, will end up winning this match, right?
Well, I'm not a believer. The Rock will end up as the winner of this match.
Yes, The Rock does not wrestle a full-time schedule like Cena does, and having Rock win would make it seem like there was no point to having this match come to fruition.
But here's the thing: The Rock is both a wrestler AND a celebrity.
It's that celebrity status that will result in him getting the 1-2-3 over Cena.
Think about it: Rock is one of the biggest action stars (and occasionally comedy) in the business. He's an A-Lister who appears in multi-million dollar films and gets top draw in most of the movies that he appears in.
His status will get WWE noticed everywhere. Entertainment Tonight, Extra, TMZ, etc. With all that exposure to the casual audience, you can't have a guy like Rock lose.
It makes him less strong and would be silly to lose to a guy who he's mocked for having "lady parts," Fruity Pebbles t-shirts, and once had a rapper gimmick.
If The Rock loses, it simply makes him look bad.
Looking at Rock in action movies wouldn't feel the same if he loses to Cena at Wrestlemania.
In addition, it's taking place in Miami—not only his hometown, but where he played football in college.
Think similarly back to Money in the Bank, where in Chicago, CM Punk's hometown, Cena was massively booed in his match against him. Now amplify that by 70,000+ people united... against John Cena.
Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if there will bet a couple "If Cena wins, we riot" signs, like there was at One Night Stand 2006.
Meanwhile, John Cena has already been established as a main-eventer.
He's the current face of the entire company. He's beaten the likes of guys such as Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, and Edge. He's lifted 400 and 500+-pound men over his shoulders and put towering giants in submission holds.
Losing to The Rock does not hurt his credibility and the exposure. Regardless of him winning or losing the match, it helps the company nonetheless.
Rock's status as a celebrity and the fact that this match is taking place in hometown will result in him getting his hand raised at the end. He has too much to lose by losing to Cena in this match.
I just can't see that happening.