WrestleMania 28: Why a Rock Win over John Cena Wouldn't Make Him the G.O.A.T.
WrestleMania 28 is so close right now, fans can barely hold their anticipation over the event. By now wrestling fans know what the main event is. The match billed as "Once in a lifetime": The Rock vs John Cena.
These men are going to put everything on the line. Cena says that this match means everything to him. There is no surprise in that statement. This is definitely the biggest match in Cena's career.
Winning this match would move Cena up the ladder of all time greats. What's surprising is that the Rock feels that this is also the biggest match of his career. The Rock believes that a victory over Cena would solidify him as the greatest superstar in WWE history.
His rationale being that he has defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and then Cena at the biggest event in wrestling. This is where the Rock's thinking is wrong. If he defeats John Cena at WrestleMania 28, it would not make him the greatest WWE superstar of all time.
The Rock is no doubt one of the greatest, but there are a number of guys who are better than him, including a few from his own era.
First, let's take a look at why the Rock considers himself to be the greatest ever. He has won 16 Titles, including nine World Titles. He is without question, the most entertaining wrestler in the history of the WWE.
His segments and promos are legendary. There will probably never be someone as good as the Rock on the mic.
However, when you look at the Rock's resume as a wrestler, it's kind of misleading. The Rock often came up short against Stone Cold Steve Austin. He lost big matches to Austin at WrestleMania XV and WrestleMania X-Seven. Who will forget In Your House: D-Generation X, when Austin beat the Rock in less than six minutes?
He also lost several big matches to Chris Jericho and was destroyed by Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. The Rock is one of the greats, but to call himself the greatest ever is a stretch. Let's compare the Rock's resume to other wrestlers.
This goes beyond 19-0 at WrestleMania. The Deadman is arguably the most intimidating presence in WWE history. He came in beating guys like Jimmy Snuka, Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. He had a number of great feuds in the mid 1990s with Yokozuna, Diesel, and Mankind.
The Undertaker's feud with Mankind took brutality to new levels in the WWE. The Boiler Room Brawl and Buried Alive Match still rank today as some of the most brutal. The Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness and Big Evil personas were very good as well.
What really separates Taker is Hell in a Cell. The Undertaker has done his best work inside the Cell. Every match from Shawn Michaels to Edge has been a classic. The Rock just doesn't have those matches on his resume. That's what separates the Deadman from The Rock.
Shawn Michaels has owned WrestleMania. Win or lose, every year at WrestleMania, Michaels had the best match of the card. His last two matches with Taker were the greatest ever, but Michaels also had classics with Chris Jericho at XIX, Kurt Angle at XXI, and John Cena at XXIII.
Michaels was the company's first Grand Slam Champion. He was the most athletic guy ever to compete in the WWE. Michaels also made a career out of beating men much heavier than he was. His performances were so good that you need that he gave everything that he had.
Michaels had the most personal feud in history with Bret Hart. He also had great feuds with Austin and Triple H, which is the most underrated feud in WWE history. Triple H and Michaels had a no holds barred match, a Three Stages of Hell match, a Last Man Standing Match and then they destroyed each other for nearly an hour inside Hell in a Cell.
Is the Rock better than HBK? No.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Simply put, the most popular superstar in WWE history. Austin's mic skills and charisma were a sharp contrast to Rock's but still good. His feud with Mr. McMahon saved the WWE.
Austin won his feud with the Rock and had many brutal wars with Triple H, most notably Survivor Series 2000 and No Way Out 2001.
Austin's rivalry with Bret Hart produced classics as well. Hart and Austin's match at WrestleMania 13 is one of the best WrestleMania matches ever.
When you add up Austin's resume, he is better than the Rock.
HHH better than The Rock? Yes, Vince McMahon probably deserves some credit for Triple H winning 13 World Titles, but the Game battled back from numerous career threatening injuries. Would the Rock have fought to make it back through those injuries? Probably not.
Triple H made a career out of sacrificing his body in order to be the best. Every bloody or brutal match that has taken place over the last decade probably involved Triple H.
In conclusion, while a Rock victory over Cena would be great, it would by no means make him better than any of those four men.
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