I was just reading the rumoured main event players for WrestleMania 29 to be John Cena, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker.
My first thought was to note the lack of Triple H, my second to observe no one commenting seemed to care: all far too preoccupied with claims that WWE relies on the same figures year in year out, mixed up with returning veterans when they can secure them.
I began to consider how with The Rock and Steve Austin back in the mix, WWE could achieve a WrestleMania that does not require Triple H.
If you remember, when the WrestleMania 27 match was announced, a lot of people were saying "The Undertaker...he has to face Triple H...because there is no one else on the roster big enough to do it. John Cena has his match, and Triple H is the only guy who can offer a legitimate threat to the streak."
But with Austin and The Rock returning, it would appear that the WWE can finally move on from relying on Triple H year in, year out.
After his Extreme Rules 2010 appearance (April 25, 2010), Triple H took 10 months off from the WWE, and on his return started to describe himself as a "special attraction wrestler." In actuality, since then, he has been featured pretty heavily as a wrestler.
Aside from the odd pedigree when performing his on-air authority figure, he has wrestled televised matches on the following dates: April 3, 2011 (WrestleMania 27), Sept. 5 2011 (Raw), September 18th 2011 (Night of Champions), Oct. 23, 2011 (Vengeance), Dec. 18, 2011 (TLC), and is now gearing up for a match at WrestleMania 28.
That does not include the few house shows where he has also wrestled, too. This is far too frequent for his appearances to truly be considered a "special attraction", and PPV buys indicate fans think this too.
So let's have him disappear for a good, long while after this year's event, maybe have him wrestle at Survivor Series, participate in the Royal Rumble, and then disappear all the way up until, say, SummerSlam 2013.
I then considered this: merch sales, PPV buys, event ticket sales would be through the roof if we saw Austin or Rock back in WWE at the same event. Furthermore, they would be absolute favourites to break the Streak, if anyone can hope to do that.
If you paired up Rock against Taker, there would also be room for the Austin vs. Punk feud that Punk, Austin, Jim Ross and the entire IWC have all said they would love to watch. On the back of those four men, it is safe to say WrestleMania would have all the major players it needs.
CM Punk is still building his legend, so unlike John Cena this year, he would benefit from the rub this kind of match would give him.
This would leave the WWE without anything to do for John Cena, and without a need for him to be there. Really quite a strange idea, but think about it and it is true. This allows WWE fans something many have craved for for a long time: a break from John Cena's near-constant headlining of major PPVs.
I am not a Cena hater myself, I like the guy. But I do agree we could do with some time away from his constant presence, to keep his character from becoming stale, which it has done in the last few years.
His recent promo war with The Rock has won over a lot of his detractors, and shows that Cena can win people over, and that means WWE should not give up on returning him to his status as the WWE Universe's golden boy, not just the WWE's.
WWE wants him to be a major player for as long as possible, so giving him a month or so of paid leave will keep his body and mental health in good order, too.
If WWE really wanted to keep him around on TV he could become Ryder's coach or something, building him up for a WrestleMania match; they would find a way to use him on-screen if they wanted. Look how much attention Shawn Michaels has gotten himself this year without wrestling at all.
Cena is too important to WWE to disappear for as long as Triple H could. But if he injured himself at Elimination Chamber, and made his return sometime shortly after WrestleMania (this can easily be booked as an injury resulting from cheating, with Cena returning to rightfully claim "his" WWE Title).
Additionally, this year a major complaint has been the returning stars (Rock/Taker/Jericho/HBK), and the men who are always at the top of the card (Cena/HHH) have stopped other wrestlers who wrestle hard all year, from getting their well-deserved 'Mania slot. The general response is that guys who are not full-time are the ones "stealing" spots unfairly. But really, if Cena and HHH skip WM29, that just allows Sheamus and Bryan, two rising stars, or Kane and Orton, two men capable of high-profile feuds, a return to the top of the food chain.
If Austin, Rock and Taker really do all wrestle at WrestleMania 29, and the WWE plays their cards right by keeping Triple H and John Cena away from that event, 2013 could see a revival for two of their biggest stars and their PPV revenue, and a new chance for other stars.