The Rock vs. John Cena vs. CM Punk Must Happen at WrestleMania 29

Travis Taylor@@WriterTaylorFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2013

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The Rock vs. John Cena vs. CM Punk must happen at WrestleMania 29. The show of all shows needs all three men to battle for the title if they want it to stand out as among the greatest ever.

WrestleMania needs the shot of excitement and uncertainty that such a bout will bring.

What makes WrestleMania stand out from other pay-per-views are the matches not seen anywhere else.

Rock vs. Cena was a huge event at WrestleMania 28. Last year the host city, Miami, reportedly made over $100 million dollars during the weekend of the event. Seeing that it was Rock's hometown and he was in the main event no doubt played a large role in the financial success for both the event and the city.

But what also made it so big was it was something new.

Two of the biggest wrestlers in the sport, who had never faced each other in the ring, were now clashing. It was a throw back to the days when the biggest matches were only on pay-per-view and the wrestlers never clashed in the ring before the big day.

Lightening rarely strikes the same place twice. Will a rematch between Rock and Cena have the same impact in East Rutherford, NJ?

In this day of spoilers, what makes a great match is the element of surprise. Having Rock and Cena go one-on-one isn't hard to figure out. Cena lost last year, Rock is gone soon after WrestleMania and Cena would pick up the win and the title.

But throwing Punk in the mix adds that element of uncertainty. With The Voice of the Voiceless in the title bout, does the WWE go with Cena or do they place the belt back with Punk? It's that little bit of doubt, that "I don't know exactly what they're going to do," that fuels the excitement. 

Despite what may be the impending return of The Undertaker, the Triple Threat match needs to happen at WrestleMania.

Rumors are swirling about a potential bout between Undertaker and Punk. While that would be a great match for WrestleMania, it doesn't need to happen. Punk doesn't need the match and neither does Undertaker. The three best, full-time wrestlers on the WWE roster should be fighting over the WWE's top title. 

The Undertaker has nothing left to prove. If he were to interfere with the Cena-Punk match on Monday night, what would the purpose be? There is no real reason for Undertaker to step into this one.

What is needed are for three of the biggest stars in the WWE to step in the ring and battle for the WWE's biggest prize. There is enough back story and connection between the three men to convincingly put them all in the same title match.

Punk and Cena feuded for a large part of 2012, in addition to many battles in 2011. Since Punk left that feud with the WWE championship still around his waist, it's a safe bet to say he won.

After their bout at Elimination Chamber, where Punk had Rock pinned long enough to score several pinfalls, he has a legitimate claim to still be in the mix. Cena has never beaten Rock, but as the Royal Rumble winner and 12-time former champion, he has a claim for the title shot too.

While Undertaker wrestling Punk at WrestleMania is worthy of the event, things would seem too rushed to pull off this match. With years of history between Rock, Cena and Punk, the final six-week buildup could be intense. Each man is a master on the mic. The verbal sparing alone would make for great television. 

WrestleMania is about thinking big—colossal matchups and incredible bouts. Just enough intrigue to keep fans guessing.

A Triple Threat match between Rock, Cena and Punk is the perfect main event for WWE's main event pay-per-view.