The Rock is gone from the WWE.
Well, at least for now he is.
Though The Rock doesn't figure to be on WWE TV anytime soon, he himself has hinted that he'll be back to go after the WWE Championship, and it's believed that he's got a few more matches left in him.
When, yes when, he does come back, there's really no telling whom he's going to face.
But one person I think he will wrestle again? John Cena.
Here are 10 reasons why we will see The Rock vs. Cena: Part Two.
We haven't really heard much about this recently, but in September 2011, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com) reported that The Rock and John Cena would face off in a best two-out-of-three series.
The two megastars would face off on three separate pay-per-views, and logic says that they would split the first two matches with the winner of the rubber match being the winner of the series.
Now, this hasn't been mentioned at all on WWE TV, but you have to think that another two, not just one, matches between The Rock and Cena could still be a possibility, however slight that may be.
Oh yeah, this brings me to my next point...
Can we really determine who is "better" after just one match?
I mean, I look to something like Super Bowl XLII when the New York Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots.
Were the Giants really the better team, or were they just better that night?
I think you get the point: I don't think you can just end a feud after once match and declare whoever won that match the winner of the feud because it's only one match.
Most major WWE feuds (see: Cena vs. CM Punk or Randy Orton vs. Christian in 2011) last at least two, if not more, matches.
Seems like The Rock vs. Cena should follow that same path.
Unless the current feud between Brock Lesnar and John Cena ends at Extreme Rules (which I don't think is likely), I think The Rock could get involved in it at some point.
There is obviously a ton of history between The Rock and Cena, and there's history between Rock and Lesnar as well, stemming from their epic match at SummerSlam in 2002.
So, perhaps The Rock returns and inserts himself smack dab into the middle of the Lesnar/Cena feud.
If I were booking things, I'd do it to where The Rock interfered in one of the Cena/Lesnar matches and set up Rock vs. Cena: Part Two at SummerSlam, which could lead to The Rock vs. Lesnar at WrestleMania 29.
I know that a lot of things have to happen for my crazy theory to come to fruition, but it would make sense to make The Rock a part of this feud between two guys he doesn't particularly care for, especially after he said this at a WrestleMania 28 press conference.
Outside of WrestleMania, the hype surrounding most of the other "Big Four" pay-per-views has been pretty lackluster in recent years.
SummerSlam just isn't as important as it used to be, Survivor Series struggled so badly that it was almost replaced, and even the Royal Rumble has lost some of its appeal.
If the WWE wants to increase the hype for its non-WrestleMania "Big Four" pay-per-views, then it's going to need someone like The Rock to help the company do that.
While The Rock's in-ring return at Survivor Series 2011 didn't result in a huge butyrate, I, for one, was much more interested in seeing that PPV than just about any non-Mania "Big Four" show in the last several years.
The Rock draws, and if the WWE wants to increase the hype and the butyrate for a show like SummerSlam or Survivor Series, then Rock vs. Cena: Two might might be the way to go.
During The Rock's promo on the first episode of Raw after WrestleMania, he said that he had a vision that he would once again become the WWE Champion.
I initially thought that this foreshadowed a potential match with CM Punk (and still think that's possible), but the more I thought about it, the more John Cena's name kept popping up in my head.
Although Cena has stayed out of the WWE title picture sine last October, we all know that there will come a point when he's back in it and when he wins the WWE Championship again.
Now, let's say that Cena wins the title later this summer just before The Rock returns.
Wouldn't it make sense to have The Rock target Cena and the WWE Championship when he comes back?
If The Rock wants to win another WWE title, then there's a good chance he'll have to go through Cena to do it.
What I found extremely interesting was the cliffhanger that we saw at the end of last week's Raw.
John Cena called out The Rock and asked him to come to the ring, but obviously, The Rock never showed because Cena was interrupted by Brock Lesnar instead.
I don't know about you, but I don't think that was just done for no reason.
Essentially, The Rock never got a chance to come out and respond to Cena, which definitely leaves the door open for something between the two down the road.
The Rock could return one day and "respond" to Cena's request for a face-to-face meeting in the ring by planting Cena with another Rock Bottom and starting the path to a rematch between the two.
After all, the feud between them never really received a proper ending.
Here's the hot rumor going around, courtesy of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via 411Mania.com):
"The Rock has also signed a one-year contract, which will see him wrestle a few times this year, which does include WrestleMania 29."
So, The Rock is going to stick around (part time at least) for another year and wrestle a few more matches?
While there are some potentially great, fresh matches we could see such as Rock vs. Lesnar or Rock vs. Punk, the fact that The Rock is going to be around for 12 more months and wrestle multiple times certainly leaves open the possibility of a rematch with John Cena.
There is no bigger possible match that the WWE could put on right now than The Rock vs. John Cena.
Why? Because John Cena is the face of the WWE and is in the prime of his career, while The Rock proved at WrestleMania that he is fully healthy and can still go, too.
A potential "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. CM Punk match would be huge, but it would probably fall far short of our expectations in the ring because Austin is almost 50 years old and has a serious neck issue.
Meanwhile, virtually no other matches would even compare to the star power of a Rock/Cena match.
In other words, The Rock vs. Cena is a match that cannot be topped in terms of star power, mic work and actual wrestling.
You may be able to book a feud/match with the same name power (something like Hulk Hogan vs. Austin), but it wouldn't come close to Rock vs. Cena in the ring.
So, if you can't put on a bigger match than Cena vs. Rock, then why not have it again?
ESPN's Gus Ramsey reported last week that WrestleMania 28 generated an astounding 1.9 million buys, and though that report is actually way off, the pay-per-view was still incredibly successful.
Check out this report from Daily Finance (via Bleacher Report):
According to DailyFinance, the WWE grossed $8.9 million dollars in event sales for its latest PPV foray, shattering the previous record of WrestleMania XXV, which had gross event sales of $7.2 million.
As you can see, WrestleMania 28—although it may not have generated almost two million buys—still did extremely well.
Why? Well, a number of factors, obviously.
But you have to figure that the main event match between The Rock and John Cena was one of the biggest reasons why people bought WrestleMania 28 on pay-per-view and/or attended it in person.
If that match was so successful, then the WWE might want to consider having a rematch to spike interest in a B-level or other "Big Four" PPV.
I was absolutely shocked when The Rock beat John Cena at WrestleMania 28.
Like many others, my thinking was that Cena is the full-time guy and the face of the WWE, so you should obviously put him over in arguably the biggest match of all time.
But nope, we were all wrong. And I can't help but wonder why.
It just doesn't seem like the WWE would book a part-timer like The Rock over Cena if there wasn't some sort of long-term plan behind it.
I simply find it hard to believe that Cena would lose to The Rock and then move on from that feud forever.
Cena lives by the motto "Never give up," and if he doesn't choose to go after The Rock again, then he's giving up.
"The Champ" needs redemption, and the only way he's going to get it is by beating The Rock.
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