WrestleMania 28 Matches: John Cena vs. The Rock Has to Close Show

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 29, 2012

WrestleMania XXVIII has only one match that is deserving of closing the WWE’s biggest show of the year, The Rock vs. John Cena.

WWE Hall of Fame member and former play-by-play announcer Jim Ross, recently tackled the thought of Cena and The Rock closing WrestleMania XXVIII by saying on his blog at Jrsbarbq.com

Assuming that it's Cena vs. Rock closing the show at WM28. as many expect, it will be a former collegiate football Offensive Lineman (Cena) vs. a former Defensive Lineman (Rock) in a battle inside the squared circle that may, at times, resemble the line of scrimmage in a heated, rivalry football game. The low man wins or so the old football adage goes. 

When approximately 75,000 fans are primed and ready for the main event at a four hour event such as WM28 and two, former main stream athletes are preparing to perform, the performance aspect of the process is often times lost in the world of oneupsmanshp and athletic prowess. I can see that happening in just over a week, Sunday April 1, in the Rock's hometown of Miami between two men that our Talent Relations team signed many years ago. 

Ross is right: 75,000 fans will be excited for this match over any other contest on the card. 

The Undertaker vs. Triple H and CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho have both had great build to their matches, but neither of those contests have had the mainstream buzz like Cena and The Rock. 

For The Rock, this is his first match at a WrestleMania since a tag-team contest with Mick Foley at WrestleMania XX. Plus, given the fact that The Rock went to college at University of Miami and is insanely popular wherever he goes, he dwarfs any of the other superstars on the card. 

For Cena, he is one of the most polarizing superstars WWE has ever employed. He has helped in keeping this feud hot during the year-long build, from great promos on Monday Night Raw and through his Twitter feed.

The WWE has to put this match on last or the crowd will be dead for Taker vs. Triple H or Punk vs. Jericho. Both of those matches are main-event-caliber, and all four of those wrestlers can put on an epic match that is worthy of closing a WrestleMania. 

However, with the build, the television special and the popularity of the two wrestlers, they have to close the show with The Rock and Cena finally squaring off.