WrestleMania 28: The Rock Defeats John Cena, What's Next?

Evan FeinCorrespondent IIApril 2, 2012

John Cena, WWE Champion during 'See No Evil' Premiere - Arrivals in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
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WrestleMania 28 was one of the better WrestleManias in recent memory as we were treated to three main event-caliber matches. 15-and-a-half years after The Rock's legendary career began, he finally won the final match against John Cena.

A lot of people might say that Triple H vs. The Undertaker was the best bout of the night, but the end was never truly in doubt.

The Rock vs. Cena was the type of match that had everyone on the edge of their seats, and the Miami crowd was absolutely nuts the whole time. The crowd reaction will make this match live forever.

This defeat is the best thing that could have happened to John Cena's career, and here's why: He failed in a must-win situation with the world watching and everything on the line. A character that is fallible and vulnerable is far more interesting than a superhuman one.

The Rock's status as perhaps the biggest icon in the history of sports entertainment was cemented and his credibility as the man at the top of the WWE food chain has been re-established. This will give a huge rub to the superstar that finally does manage to defeat him, whoever that might be.

The shocking finish of the match should create tons of interest in Cena's character over the next few weeks. His cocky, almost heelish attempt to mock The Rock's People's Elbow led him to defeat.

He could go full heel or he could attempt to "find himself" leading to a rematch with The Rock at SummerSlam...

Or the WWE could immediately start building up to a Cena-Undertaker encounter at WrestleMania 29.

With the streak intact and the Phenom at 20-0, that is probably the biggest money match WWE has at this point. Simply put, there is no one left who could credibly end The Undertaker's streak except for Cena, so that's the direction I think the WWE will head over the next year.

The Undertaker and Triple H had a great match tonight, but only Cena can make people feel like The Undertaker's streak is in real peril.

Finally, The Rock may not be the best technical wrestler of all time, but he is the best at entertaining the fans and the best at bringing it. WrestleMania 28 was an unqualified success.