WrestleMania 28 Results: What's Next for John Cena After Loss to The Rock

Kevin BergeFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2012

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Image Courtesy of: wwe.com

What a night and what a main event!

For the first time in what seems like a lifetime, John Cena lost cleanly. It is an important moment when you consider what that truly means.

Cena has been at the top of the WWE since WrestleMania 21, basically. During that seven-year run, he rarely lost cleanly, with one clean loss to Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell 2009 as the most recent defeat.

Even CM Punk couldn't quite beat Cena cleanly in his two pay-per-view victories over one of WWE's greatest.

With all of that clear, this was a truly humbling moment for the legendary superhero of WWE, and it could mean many, many things for Cena going forward.

Cena loves the WWE, and he will not simply turn away after one loss—especially when he was so close. In fact, if he hadn't gotten overconfident, the scorecard could very well have left him in the win column.

With that in mind, Cena proved tonight once again at how high a level he can perform. Come Monday Night Raw that could lead to the establishment of another WrestleMania main event match with Cena at the helm.

This time though, who could that opponent be?

The obvious choice would be The Rock.

Think about what Sunday's loss was. It was a simple mistake. Cena made that crucial error in the heat of battle by trying to go for The Rock's own People's Elbow, and he paid for it.

It has been confirmed that The Rock will be continuing to compete with WWE, just not on a full-time basis, with at least a confirmation that he will wrestle at WrestleMania XXIX.

What if Cena asked for one more chance, one more opportunity to prove that he can compete with the best? This would allow Cena to beat The Rock this time and let the score stand even.

This match could also happen at SummerSlam next year with a possible rubber match at WrestleMania XXIX, but this is obviously only one possibility.

Another could be seeing Cena challenge Undertaker.

This would be explained by having Cena feel that he needs to prove himself to the world, and he knows that beating Undertaker is even bigger than The Rock at WrestleMania.

That is if Undertaker is able to wrestle another 'Mania.

This is just fantasy booking though. Many possibilities exist on the horizon for Cena, but what is important is that this loss meant something.

Cena was beaten because of arrogance. Perhaps that arrogance is just the beginning; perhaps Cena has a character change on the horizon.

No matter what happens, this was an important moment in WWE history, and it should change Cena in a way no one ever expected.

Thanks for reading!

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