With Wrestlemania around five or six weeks away, it is looking increasingly unlikely that the highly anticipated Orton vs. Cena feud will result in a showdown at the biggest PPV of the year, and in my opinion, and as DDP would say, that is a good thing.
Think back to the last truly great feud between the two best stars in the business, Stone Cold vs. The Rock. Now we all know that they faced each other three times at Wrestlemania.
Ask 100 people what was the best one, and 95 percent will tell you the Wrestlemania X-Seven bout. What was it that made that match so great? The atmosphere? Yes, in a way, the Texan crowd that night really got behind Austin and cheered everything he did. The finish? Again, yes.
Austin's heel turn is still probably the greatest heel turn of all time, probably edging out Hogan's and Bret's respective heel turns.
But for me, the one thing that made that match the greatest of the three was the build-up. I'm not talking about the two months from Royal Rumble-Wrestlemania, I mean the actual build up, the build up of two years of animosity, respect, and above all else, curiosity.
Yeah, the fans loved Austin, but there was a little part of their conscience eating away at them asking "Could Rock beat Austin", "Is Rock more popular than Austin". The fact that Wrestlemanai X-Seven responded to those questions with a defiant NO! made for probably thee best Wrestlemania main event of all time.
How does this relate to Cena/Orton? Simple, give them time to build up chemistry with each other. The best feuds, and the matches that come at the end of those feuds, always need a good length of time to develop.
Austin and Rock had two years, Michaels and Hart had around five years on and off, but two solid years. If ever you needed an example of a match that wasn't given enough time, then try (if you can) and think back to Lesnar vs. Goldberg.
Cena vs. Orton won't happen this year, and that’s great news. It may not happen next year, and that's fine, too. If it were up to me I'd give Cena and Orton the main event at Wrestlemania 27, 10 years after Austin vs. Rock II.
That way, there is enough time for them to really develop the chemistry that will justify such an encounter. It will also leave time for some surprising heel/face turns along the way, so that by the time the match rolls around, the crowd are as split and as curious as when Austin and Rock met.