The Rock vs. John Cena: A year in the making and hotly anticipated by most people who call themselves wrestling fans.
Cena has been the voice of the "new generation" of WWE fans for the past six years.
The Rock represents the over-20 male demographic who feel that WWE has gone too "kiddie" and has forgotten about the fantastic Attitude Era that brought the then-WWF back into the mainstream.
Miami, Fla. is the Rock's hometown, so I'm expecting about a 75-25 split in the crowd's loyalty during the match. I don't think we're going to approach WrestleMania X-8's Hogan-Rock levels of crowd heat here, but I bet it's not too far off.
The bottom line is that one of two things are going to happen:
1. John Cena pins the Rock after some general shenanigans (maybe even a run-in) and Rocky shakes his hand afterwards, cementing Cena as "The Man" heading forward.
2. Someone (possibly the Miz) interferes and costs Cena the match, giving the Rock a cheap victory and planting the seeds of the long-rumored heel turn.
Unfortunately, I just don't see how the Rock can go over here.
What good would it do WWE to put a semi-retired actor over their biggest attraction at the biggest event of the year? As soon as this pay-per-view is over, the Rock is going to be gone again, making movies and only appearing on WWE TV periodically.
John Cena has to win this match from a business standpoint. Unless WWE has this grand plan to turn Cena heel and change the entire course of WWE, he absolutely has to win, as much as it pains me to say so.
Winner: John Cena