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When WrestleMania 29 takes place in April, it's a safe bet that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will be involved in the WWE Championship picture in some way. The only real questions are which opponent (or opponents) The Great One will face in New Jersey and whether Rocky will be wearing the belt or chasing it at the time.
The WWE's fiscal calendar is centered on WrestleMania, and pay-per-view buys are the lifeblood of the company's spreadsheet. There is no better way to guarantee a record number of buys than to put The Rock in the main event as the company's top dog.
The safest best is that Rock will win the belt from CM Punk at the Royal Rumble. Since the next PPV is Elimination Chamber, where the title doesn't have to be defended, Rock could hold the belt from late January all the way up to WM 29. Punk could defeat a number of challengers at Elimination Chamber (likely guys like Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Ryback, and possibly Randy Orton or Alberto Del Rio), thus setting up the rematch.
This match would appeal to the general audience, most of whom know Johnson from his movie career, and the hardcore WWE fans. Even the hardcore fans like The Rock, and CM Punk is legendary for his following among the more knowledgeable fans. Since Punk would have dropped the belt to Rock, it would be logical for him to regain the title at WrestleMania, probably through some foul play, and send Johnson back to Hollywood until Vince calls back again.