John Cena vs. the Rock Will Not Impress at WrestleMania 29

Michael Guadalupe@The_GuadaFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2013

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Photo courtesy of WWE

WrestleMania 29 is a little over a month away, and several big matches are already in the works.

One of the biggest matches is going to be the Rock vs. John Cena.  This will be a rematch from last year, but unlike last year's event, Cena vs. the Rock II will not impress.

Part of what made Cena and the Rock's first clash so big was the buildup.  They had been promoting their WrestleMania 28 match for over a year, and when they finally faced it was something WWE fans had waited for.

Now, with only about a month until WrestleMania, how will the Rock and Cena build a feud that rivaled their first one?

Feud aside, it's hard to see these two putting on a better match than they did at WrestleMania 28.

After watching their matches against CM Punk, the Rock is lacking the ability to carry on a big match without seeming winded, and Cena still needs his opponent to carry him.

Then there is the issue of Cena winning at WrestleMania.  While he does have his fans, more than likely he will get booed out of the arena if he does manage to get a win over the Rock.

WrestleMania 29 will have big matches, and even though Cena vs. the Rock will probably end up being the main event, their match will not impress.



Lacking Oomph

The biggest reason Cena vs. the Rock was so big at WrestleMania 28 was because of the buildup the two wrestlers put behind their match.

From the Rock referring to Cena as Fruity Pebbles, to Cena using his old rap gimmick to get a point across to the Rock, these two exchanged words for over a year, and as their match drew closer, their verbal assaults increased.

It helped sell their match, and made one of the most anticipated WrestleMania clashes in years.

This time though, Cena and the Rock won’t have nearly the same amount of time to form a solid rivalry.  They only have about a month before their match, and it looks to be focused on Cena and his chance at redemption.

The Rock is the only current wrestler Cena hasn't beaten, and now he gets a second chance to try.

It's no longer about the clash of two great wrestlers and seeing who wins, but instead watching to see if Cena can overcome yet another opponent thrown before him.

As far as the Rock is concerned, there is no real reason for him to bother with Cena.  Sure, he needs to defend the WWE title, but the Rock has already beaten Cena and has nothing to gain if he manages to beat him again.

Cena is the same wrestler he was during their first clash, so what would the Rock prove that he hasn’t already with a second win over Cena?

This second battle lacks a year’s worth of a buildup that the first match had, as fans don't have the same anticipation they had for the first meeting.



No Improvement

The Rock vs. Cena at WrestleMania 28 was a solid match. 

However, the Rock had a hard time keeping up with CM Punk during the WWE Championship matches.

They put on a good show, but the Rock seemed winded by the time they were through.

Cena might be able to keep up with Punk, but after the match they had on Raw, the Dr. of Thuganomics is going to need a strong opponent to carry him.

How then can the Rock, who struggled to keep up with Punk, put on a good match against a wrestler like Cena who barely changes his moves, and when he does, he clearly needs to be carried by his opponent?

If anything, the rematch will more than likely be like their first brawl, except with Cena winning.

And after watching their once-in-a-lifetime fight, why should we be interested in a rematch?



Cena Wins?

Cena beating the Rock at WrestleMania would make it much less impressive than their first match.  Of course Cena has his fans, and there is nothing wrong with a wrestler like Cena winning the championship belt, but most fans won't be happy with Cena winning at WrestleMania 29.

So much so that the WWE believes Cena will get booed out of the building on April 7th.  Part of the reason Cena vs. The Rock was so big was because of the Rock getting the win in his hometown of Miami.

That won't happen this year.

As mentioned before, nothing is wrong with a wrestler like Cena—who is clearly devoted to being a top wrestler in the WWE—winning the championship.

Most fans won't be happy to watch him beat the Rock, though, and the massive level of excitement after a big win for the Brahma Bull won’t be there.

John Cena vs. the Rock at WrestleMania 29 lacks too many of the components that made their first match good. 

With little time to build up their rivalry, no real improvement from both wrestlers, and the possibility that Cena could win and still get booed out of the building, Cena vs. the Rock will not be impressive.


Michael Guadalupe is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @The_Guada.