It's finally official: John Cena, the winner of Sunday's Royal Rumble, will take on the WWE Champion at WrestleMania 29.
The news comes from WrestleMania's official Twitter account:
WWE WrestleMania @WrestleMania
John Cena challenges the @WWE Championship holder at @WrestleMania 29 at @MLStadium, either @TheRock or @CMPunk! #RAW1/29/2013, 2:06:08 AM
If you listen really, really closely, you can hear the sound of no one being surprised by this development.
Most wrestling fans will tell you they have seen this coming for several months. The Rock would beat CM Punk at Royal Rumble (which he did), Cena would win the Royal Rumble (which he did) and the two will meet at WrestleMania (which they now assumably will).
This newest—if you want to call it new—announcement is just another reminder that the WWE is getting more and more predictable.
Not only that, however, but Cena's most recent push is angering a host of wrestling fanatics.
Just ask the Miami Herald's Scott M. Fishman if he enjoys what The Cenation Leader brings to the table as one of the business' top stars:
Scott Fishman @smFISHMAN
Fred Flintstone could have cut a better promo tonight than John Cena. #RAW #WWE1/29/2013, 2:17:31 AM
That seems to be an increasingly common conception among WWE fans, and seeing him main event WrestleMania will only further anger the anti-Cena side.
Of course, that side only tells part of the story.
For every person out there who is fed up with the veteran star, there are just as many who will back him up until the day he retires. There's a reason every time Cena enters the ring, you hear simultaneous "Cena sucks" and "Let's go Cena" chants.
So, while this announcement of Cena's battle with either The Rock or CM Punk at WrestleMania is about as predictable as can be, it will undoubtedly create major buzz leading up to the biggest event of the year.