What John Cena's Win over CM Punk Means to WrestleMania Plans

Bryan Haas@@thehaastileoneFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2013

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On the heels of his first victory over CM Punk, the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship, John Cena, looks ready, willing and able to take the highly sought after prize from current titleholder Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Cena has seemingly worked tirelessly to be able to garner a win over Punk and chose the grandest weeknight stage to do so, pinning the Straight Edge Savior after a fast-paced and hard-hitting match.

And while his victory over Punk was fairly surprising given his lack of success in the past, even more shocking was Cena’s use of two new moves, a sitout powerbomb along with a hurricanrana.

The powerbomb, an offshoot of a similar move that Cena used while wrestling for the WWE’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling, was the more tame of the two moves. The hurricanrana seemed to be a spur of the moment decision, as Cena was not able to complete the full body rotation necessary for the move to look entirely convincing. But if the athleticism shown in leaping on to Punk’s shoulders was any indication, Cena is stepping up his game big time in preparation for WrestleMania.

There have long been critics of Cena’s offensive move set, with most saying that Cena had not used an innovative hold in quite some time. While these two new moves were not revolutionary, they were new for him, and it shows that an old dog can learn new tricks.

And those tricks will serve him well heading into his WrestleMania showdown with the Rock.

In fact, Cena might want to add a few other moves to his repertoire come April.

And while The Rock himself does not possess a very innovative set of moves outside of the People’s Elbow and Rock Bottom, they have served him well over the years and still continue to thrill crowds, despite the fact that they have been his bread and butter moves for over a decade.

A matchup between Cena and the rock is sure to titillate even the most casual of wrestling fans, as people who even peripherally know the business will know who these two mean are. So the good news for WWE owner Vince McMahon is that there will likely be a ton of pay-per-view buys.

The bad news for wrestling fans that are completely familiar with these two, however, is that they can expect a lot of punches and kicks, and very little else. Both competitors use very few moves in general, mainly sticking with their proven crowd-pleasers. In Rock's case, it is the aforementioned People’s Elbow and Rock Bottom. Cena tends to favor his Attitude Adjustment throw, STF submission hold and the Five Knuckle Shuffle, which essentially amounts to a glorified fist drop.

Adding a couple of new moves to the equation might help perk up what will likely be a predictable match.

Simply put, if the WWE can get a firm commitment from The Rock in terms of a number of dates he can work, he might hold on to the title. If not, we can expect Cena to take it away, and then possibly feud with Money in the Bank briefcase holder Dolph Ziggler.

That is unless Ziggler cashes in his briefcase against the winner of the World Heavyweight Championship match between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger.

In any event, Ziggler is a wild card in any title hunt.

But if Cena continues to develop some new offense, it might not be long until many of the boos that he hears on a nightly basis turn to cheers.

And more importantly, it might not be long until he’s wearing a shiny (but no longer spinning) belt around his waist.