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I hope I'm not alone in thinking this, but I would not just argue that The Rock vs. John Cena was the best feud of the year, but truly one of the best of all time.
You have to go all the way back to February 2011 when Rock returned to Raw announcing he would be the Special Guest Host of WrestleMania 27, headlined by The Miz vs. John Cena, to see where this feud began with one of the greatest ever promos from the "Great One."
Rock completely laid into Cena on his return to Raw, with his "Fruity Pebbles" quip still chanted back to him by fans today. After screwing Cena at WrestleMania, the challenge was issued by Rock the next night on Raw to a match at WrestleMania 28 (not by Cena mind, who surely should have been irate after being cost the WWE title? He wasn't, surprisingly enough).
As the months rolled on, Cena endured a mixed year before Rock would return to team with him at Survivor Series against The Miz and R-Truth. There was only going to be one winner in that one, but with Rock again getting the last word with a Rock Bottom on Cena after the match, all the momentum in this feud was lying with the "People's Champion."
Fortunately, it didn't take long for Cena to get it back. When Rock returned in 2012, he relied heavily on fan interaction and mentioning Twitter to get fans on his side.
Cena really endeared himself to long-time haters of his during this time with some of the best promos of his career. He constantly noted The Rock's absence for all these years, with Rock often struggling to find a witty retort to match Cena's words.
Cena then took things to a whole new level when he called Rock up on the fact that there were promo notes on his wrist. Was this scripted? Because Rock's nervous, overcompensating remarks suggested it wasn't, and all of a sudden it was Cena who was in the driving seat of this feud.
With the tagline of "Once in a Lifetime", we were treated to a brilliant match at WrestleMania that will probably end up stealing the "Match of the Year" tag from WWE headquarters.
It was frenetic, dramatic and in many people's eyes produced a shock when Rock cleanly beat Cena before the wild celebrations began in his hometown of Miami.
The greatest feuds are normally the ones where it appears that two men truly despise each other. In this case, it certainly appeared personal, with every showdown between the two looking as if they genuinely wanted to rip each other to pieces.
With every vile word spewed during this feud, it has to be the No. 1 rivalry of the year, and from some accounts we could yet see it renewed in 2013 with a rematch at WrestleMania 29.
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