Putting the WWE’s two biggest stars in the ring for the main event seems like a wise move, but fans will not be able to shake the feeling that a fresh, new storyline could have been explored to create a more exciting main event.
The Rock and John Cena certainly command plenty of star power, but the company has no shortage of talent to work with today. Recycling an old matchup from last year’s WrestleMania event was ultimately the wrong move.
The contest does reflect a safe decision. Cena and The Rock have all the qualities necessary to be a captivating champion. These guys are old pros, and they certainly know how to work up a crowd and put on a show.
Fans—both at MetLife Stadium and those watching on pay-per-view—will be entertained by two of the best showmen the WWE has ever produced. They will get exactly what they are expecting.
A few of the most iconic moves of all time will be on display. Cena is sure to suffer through a People’s Elbow, and The Rock is going to endure an Attitude Adjustment—just like last year.
Regardless of much star power these two legends bring to the ring, the company will not be able to shake the fact that it put on the exact same fight at WrestleMania 28 and billed it as a “once in a lifetime” event.
Apparently, the writers are using a loose definition of the word “once.”
The Rock and Cena’s rivalry has been an enduring and epic affair and has given the WWE storylines with plenty of mileage.
That has not changed, and the match will once again produce its fair share of excitement.
But for the main event at WrestleMania, the company should strive for an unforgettable show. Using the same matchup that was supposed to be a unique experience just a year later removes that option.
No, WrestleMania will not be a huge failure because of the marquee matchup. But fans will ultimately be left wanting more after The Rock and John Cena exit the ring.