5 Reasons Why John Cena vs. The Rock II Should Not Happen
When The Rock won the WWE Championship at last month's Royal Rumble pay-per-view the rumors of Rock vs Cena II at WrestleMania 29 were pretty much guaranteed.
The Rock and John Cena put on a solid non-title match last April and will be asked to do so again during this summer's "Granddaddy of Them All."
This isn't a good thing.
The Rock and John Cena are both great, but a second bout between them has no place on the WrestleMania 29 card.
1. We've Seen It Before
The Rock and Cena already had their once in a lifetime match last April. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
WrestleMania is reserved for amazing, larger-than-life feuds and matches. It's not called the "Showcase of the Immortals" for nothing.
The Rock vs. Cena II would've been a great idea...if the WWE didn't build last year's meeting as a "Once in a Lifetime" match.
Now, after we've all moved on from Cena and the Rock, the WWE is planning on a sequel.
This match, while it may have the raw star power of the Rock and John Cena, two of the most popular professional wrestlers ever, it isn't the most exciting direction for the WWE to go this April.
We've seen it all before.
2. Cena Isn't Exciting
Cena has his moments, but isn't the right man for this sequel. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
Let me explain the title of this slide.
John Cena is one of the most popular WWE Superstars and can definitely put on a show for the fans, but when he's put up against the "Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment" he seems like just another guy.
Cena's decent on the mic, but he's more about getting the crowd warmed up and cracking a few silly jokes about his opponents. Cena hasn't spent much of his mic time cutting serious promos in heated feuds recently.
When you compare these two it's just a little uneven on the excitement scale. The WWE Universe is pretty firm on it's feelings of Cena. Fans either love him or hate him.
While the Rock brings the WWE Championship to the match Cena won't bring anything that we didn't see last April.
3. There Are More Deserving Superstars
CM Punk and the Rock put on a great show at Rumble and barring any major miscues will have a great sequel at Elimination Chamber. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
There is one huge reason that this match shouldn't happen. That reason has a name. His name is CM Punk.
Cena has done it all. He's won a ton of titles, he's had huge matches against some of professional wrestling's biggest superstars and he's the face of the business.
Because of those reasons, he doesn't need the match against The Rock.
Cena is at the top and having another huge match isn't going to change anything. If he loses to The Rock he'll still be the best in the biz and if he wins he'll continue being regarded as the face of the WWE.
CM Punk was in the middle of the biggest push of his career and an amazing title reign. Punk was slowly becoming one of the most popular Superstars in the WWE and now he doesn't even have a program in line for WrestleMania.
Cena has done it all in the WWE, CM Punk still has things to prove to the WWE universe. If Punk won or lost looking good against The Rock he would instantly gain respect in the WWE universe. He deserves a match with The Rock at WrestleMania.
4. Only One Real Outcome
With Rock returning to the big screen this Summer Cena pretty much has to win. Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
One of the other huge reasons that this match shouldn't happen at WrestleMania 29 is the outcome. The odds that the Rock will stay in the WWE full-time through the summer isn't extremely likely with his busy acting career. Because of this, the outcome seems pretty obvious.
Cena will most likely have to win at Mania, not only to keep the belt on a full-time Superstar, but to also tie the series at 1-1 in case the WWE wants to keep the possibility of a rubber match in the future.
WrestleMania is supposed to be a night where anything can happen. If Cena takes on Rock for the WWE Championship, the WWE creative staff won't have many options.
5. Not an Ideal Matchup
Last year at WrestleMania the Rock's stamina came into question. Will he be better this April? Photo Courtesy of WWE.com
The Rock's match against John Cena didn't go completely according to plan. Aside from the injury, The Rock looked like he was a little gassed at times throughout the match, which is understandable for someone who was out of the ring for so long.
This year hopefully won't be an issue since Rocky will have at least two bouts under his belt building up to his Mania contest against Cena.
What if stamina is an issue though? The match between The Rock and Cena at WrestleMania will most likely be a long match, most likely longer than the matches he'll have as he prepares for the title match in April.
In matches involving legends we often see the WWE pair them up with a younger, more athletic Superstar who can put the legend over and take a little pressure off the older guy. Cena isn't the ideal match if The Rock needs a little help getting over.
Cena isn't known for his selling ability and has a hard time putting anyone else over, probably because he never has to.
The Rock and Cena already got through one match, which was pretty good. The WWE shouldn't risk another so-so match at WrestleMania and, more importantly, another possible injury on wrestling's biggest stage.