Rock definitely has history with Cena. And given what happened between him and Punk at the Raw 1,000th episode, the WWE Universe was looking forward to a program between them.
But what about Rock vs. Ryback for the title? It undoubtedly could be a good match, but it lacks the sizzle of Rock-Punk I or Rock-Cena II. The WWE Creative Team would have a hard time coming up with a solid storyline for this match, but that is not to say they could not.
Rock could take the title from Ryback at Royal Rumble, only to lose it at WrestleMania 29.
Several scenarios, however, naturally flow if either Punk or Cena win the match.
If Punk wins, he goes into the Royal Rumble with a score to settle against Rock. Rock would win the belt, successfully defending it against Punk at Elimination Chamber and setting up a rematch with Cena at WrestleMania 29. Then, Rock would drop the belt to Cena, giving Cena not only the title but also some payback.
Remember, Punk has held the title for a year. I don't think WWE would put the belt back around him so quickly, especially given the massive publicity for another Rock-Cena match.
If Cena wins, he gets some momentum going into Royal Rumble and a shot at Rock. Rock wins the belt at Royal Rumble, setting up Rock-Cena III at WrestleMania, where Cena still gets redemption on wrestling’s grandest stage.
I know it sounds like I am forgetting about the TLC pay-per-view in December. Maybe I am, because TLC is a second-tier PPV at best, and the WWE belt likely will not be won or lost at a second-tier event.
The Rock is one of two wild-cards, right? Then who is the other?
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