This I feel could be the best way out for WWE. Have the Rock win after an unbelievable battle between the two and the best superhero efforts of Cena.
Have Cena congratulate the Rock and allow him his glory and perhaps the Rock can offer respect to Cena for the epic battle. John Cena doesn’t have to beat the Rock at this Mania to be considered one of the biggest superstars of all time.
From here, perhaps on RAW the following night, Cena can apologize to his fans and admit that perhaps it was time to make a change and find the spark that would allow him to eventually fill the shoes of “The Great One.” This would be the starting point of a John Cena reinvent.
Change up his character and find a way to keep him over with the kids without pissing off the die-hards (easier said than done, right?) Give him a new edge or hunger that offers him a new direction and that could lay the foundation for a rematch, possibly at WrestleMania 29.
PROS: This would offer a way out in terms of not upsetting those dreading a clean Cena victory without undermining Cena as the face of WWE. All fans are pleased except for Cena’s, who, instead of pride in victory, are assured that their man is humble and will come back bigger and stronger for the loss.
This is only possible if Cena cuts a great promo and maps out a character change (I would personally love the heel turn as previously mentioned) immediately following Mania. With reassurance that this is not the end, most fans will leave with hopes held high.
Not to mention this result would send the pro-Rock Miami crowd into rapture and avoid potential rioting.
Perhaps John could take a break from TV and return with new enthusiasm and a big pop after his absence. Merchandise would flow again—a new shirt and look for Cena, anyone?
CONS: The face of WWE still loses. If Cena doesn’t salvage fan support or interest from a losing position as a result of a great promo or the like and the promise of a different Cena, he may have shot himself in the foot. This could be disastrous for Cena’s integrity and merchandise sales.
Although giving the win to Rocky would be the easiest way out, there are those who would still take issue that he is not a full time WWE Superstar and that he would ultimately disappear back to the bright lights of Hollywood.
This to me though seems one of the safest of bets without diminishing what should be an amazing match.