In case you hadn't noticed, John Cena was not on Raw for the first time in several months.
To many, this move seemed a bit curious. Especially considering we are only a few weeks away from WrestleMania and the WWE needs all hands on deck to promote the event.
WWE officials specifically scripted John Cena not to appear on Monday's RAW from Indianapolis because WWE Champion The Rock couldn't be there. They did not want to bring attention to the fact that the WWE Champion wasn't there on the Road to WrestleMania 29.
They went against the idea of having Cena come out and cut an in-ring promo because The Rock would have looked weak not being there to respond to it.
Look, I get that you want to make your champion look good prior to the biggest event of the year. However, the WWE should have considered The Rock's promotion schedule prior to making this move. Let's face it, "The Brahma Bull" did the company a solid by coming back, but he should not be holding the biggest prize that the WWE has to offer prior to 'Mania.
Don't get me wrong, I understand there is some benefit to having The Rock as champion. However, he if he isn't promoting WrestleMania, that benefit seems to get lost.
Ultimately, the company must feel that he has some drawing potential; otherwise he would not be holding the WWE title. Overall, if the company continues this practice, they may run into some issues promoting "The Granddaddy of Them All" in the next coming weeks.
Keep in mind, The Rock was only slated to partake in half of the Monday Night Raw's prior to 'Mania. Which truly doesn’t bode well for promoting the main event for the biggest pay-per-view of the year.
In the long run, The Rock will most likely not be champion after WrestleMania, as he has already confirmed his status for WM 30. Which to me means that he will likely face Cena in a rubber match and end this feud once and for all.
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