It was a match that only comes "once in a lifetime," and although things started slow, the action escalated and by the end, I can say that it was one of the best matches in WrestleMania history.
It was great to see John Cena in an aggressor role, delivering most of the offense at the beginning and toward the middle of the contest. A welcome change to the "Super Cena" thing that we've grown tired of.
The Rock, though, was at another level.
He has always been known as the guy who keeps the audience cheering throughout a match and except for a point where Cena got a near fall, that audience was standing and cheering.
Tons of false finishes as both men looked exhausted.
Cena locked in a solid STF and, true to form, Rock looked to be passed out, keeping the audience hooked. I even thought Cena was going to get the win at that point.
Then the referee grabbed Rock's hand and checked to see if he was out. He dropped for one...two...Rock's hand stayed up! (I don't remember a referee having to do that for a while.)
Rock got in a Sharpshooter twice and both times it looked like he twisted Cena's leg wrong, so Rock couldn't lock it in fully. The move was quite effective, though.
Cena's arrogance was his undoing in the end, however, as he wanted to deliver a People's Elbow.
Rock got up, caught Cena with the Rock Bottom and it was all over.
A classic wrestling match. No gimmicks, no stipulations, just two guys who put on a show.
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