The new WWE calendar began this past Monday night on Raw, and it gave the indication that we are in for a big year.
At WrestleMania 28, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson surprised the world with what some may consider an upset victory over John Cena. As the hype progressed over the last year for the match, predictions went back and forth as to who would come out victorious.
After The Rock's first one-on-one match in over seven years, he's slated to return to acting. However, he came out at the start of Raw and made the proclamation that he vowed to once again become the WWE Champion. The crowd went wild and left many to wonder to he would face for the gold.
This was the start of a great episode of Raw, throughout which they teased John Cena calling out The Rock. As many fans speculated, it would be to challenge Rock to a rematch. As Cena took to the ring, he received a swarm of boos from the Miami crowd. He grabbed a mic admitting defeat and calling The Rock the better man.
Quickly, the chants from the crowd changed from the Daniel Bryan "Yes!" chant, which had been going on all night, to "We want Lesnar!" Lesnar's music hit as the former WWE and UFC Heavyweight Champion returned to the stage. He made his way to the ring for a confrontation with Cena to the loudest ovation of the night.
Lately, the loudest words spoken by WWE wrestlers have been no words at all. Lesnar stayed on that course as he shook Cena's hand and immediately delivered an F-5. This changed the WWE fans' perception as it seemed as though the Cena/Rock feud would continue after Rock's WWE Championship declaration.
Reports have recently surfaced of Lesnar facing Rock at WrestleMania 29 for the WWE Championship. This would mean that over the course of the next year, CM Punk will drop the gold and it will make it's way to either Lesnar or Rock's waist.
There is one major flaw with this. Two huge complaints among WWE fans were the game of hot potato involving the WWE Championship and Cena's constant winning of it. They've easily remedied this by giving Punk a lengthy run with the gold. Jericho and the champ are currently in a great feud that is expected to continue over the next few months.
Punk or Cena make better champions than Lesnar, Rock or Jericho for one simple reason: They are full-time WWE wrestlers. The argument can be made that Jericho is currently on the full-time roster, but the uncertainty of his WWE future disqualifies him to become champion.
The Rock left the WWE for no other reason other than he wanted to act. With a few exceptions, he has done a tremendous job. Now, he's going back to acting. This disqualifies him has becoming champion as well.
With Lesnar's return being so recent, not much is known about his current deal. The speculation as to why he returned has also begun. It may be because he regained his passion for wrestling or it may just be he needed a job. Until we know for certain that Lesnar will be sticking around, I can't see him as champion either.
The Rock and Lesnar are great for the WWE in terms of advertising and boosting sales and ratings. However, they can be bad for the WWE in terms of wrestling fans. Keeping a consistent champion is great for the title as it gives it legitimacy, as does it the champion.
Lesnar and The Rock have huge star power. They'll do great to draw in new fans for the WWE. However, they need to work a near full-time schedule to be credible champions. The reason Punk is a great champion is because he's in a WWE ring every night giving his all for the fans.
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