WWE WrestleMania 29: 3 Twists and Turns the Rock-Cena Match Could Take
When The Rock and John Cena clash at WrestleMania 29, three different twists and turns could rock the match: Rock walking away with the title, Cena turning heel or outside interference from a WWE executive. On the grandest stage of them all, anything can happen.
Rock and Cena are clashing for the second time in as many years. It looks like the WWE is trying to recapture the fire that drove their first clash. But in the wrestling world, things have to stay fresh.
This time around, things have to be different.
To state the obvious, the clash isn't just about ego this time. It’s also about the WWE Championship. The man who walks out of the arena on April 7 will be the best the WWE has to offer.
This year's WrestleMania features many rematches, from Rock vs. Cena to CM Punk vs. The Undertaker to Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H. The best way to keep things fresh and exciting is to do something the WWE Universe might not expect.
Aside from Cena walking away with the top prize in a clean fight, there are three realistic twists and turns this bout can take. The following is a list of those twists and turns, in no particular order.
1. The Rock Wins Cleanly
While it makes sense that Cena will win at WrestleMania, take the title and even the score against Rock, it might not happen. At the end of the night, a nice twist would see Rock pinning Cena cleanly.
After the first announcement of Rock’s return to the WWE, he was booked through WrestleMania. So any titles he was to capture would have to be dropped by the time the big show was over. That meant that after Cena won the Royal Rumble and earned a title shot, Rock was going to drop the belt to the Cenation leader.
This might mean Rock keeps the title at WrestleMania by defeating Cena in a clean fashion. This in turn sets up a third and final bout between the two at Extreme Rules. If Rock isn't going to be appearing in June and July, it's unlikely he would keep the belt around his waist.
A clean win by Rock gives the WWE another chance to milk this feud for a few more dollars, another pay-per-view and mainstream press coverage.
2. John Cena Turns Heel
The WWE has done a wonderful job hyping how devastated Cena was following his loss to Rock. The company has gone so far as to imply that even his divorce was a side effect. Over the past few weeks, Cena's promos for the fight have taken a harder, must-win-at-all-costs stance.
This past Monday on Raw, amid his usual mixed chorus of boos and cheers, Cena seemed more a man on the brink of doing something drastic as opposed to his usual self. It was jarring enough that even Jim Ross talked about it.
In an interview with Grand Slam Sports and posted on WrestlingNewsSource.com, Ross said of a potential Cena heel turn:
It seems that way. Last night, I was going into the show thinking that Rock won last year, so Cena will automatically win this year to even their big match rivalry at one apiece. But after last night, I’m not so sure that’s going to happen. I was intrigued that Cena’s promo was a little bit edgy. I thought, is that just the character, the persona, being what it’s cast to be, or is it the human being processing what I said earlier? We have to follow everything. We have to close the show. It’s game day for us. So I don’t know. It’s provocative to me because I try to stay away from all the creative stuff. I don’t want to know what’s going to happen. I don’t have any desire to know the end of the movie. I want to see it unfold. So, I’m somewhat intrigued by the whole process, especially after last night’s RAW.
A heel turn doesn't mean Cena has to win. But it would give a huge boost to the man who has polarized and spilt the WWE Universe for close to 10 years.
Consider what a heel turn did for Hulk Hogan in WCW back in 1996. The shock of seeing long-time face Hogan turn his back on the fans revitalized his career. It created the nWo and helped boost WCW ahead of the WWE for a short time.
Either Cena cheats to win or re-embraces his thuganomics past. Doing something to turn the fans against him is a potential game-changer, just like it was for Hogan.
3. John Laurinaitis Costs The Rock the Title
What was the point of bringing Laurinaitis back if not to cause some kind of grief in the main event? The return of the former Johnny Ace has no purpose if he's not going to be showing back up at WrestleMania.
Before appearing on the March 29 edition of SmackDown to talk to Rock, Laurinaitis hadn't been seen on television since the Raw following the 2012 No Way Out pay-per-view. At No Way Out, Cena defeated Big Show in a steel cage match, with Laurinaitis' career on the line.
On the June 18 edition of Raw, Laurinaitis booked a 3-on-1 handicap match with himself, Show and David Otunga against Cena. Show and Otunga walked out of the bout, leaving Cena to brutalize Laurinaitis with multiple Attitude Adjustments.
At first glance, it would seem that Laurinaitis would come back to mess Cena up and cost him his redemption. But after offering his services to Rock and getting turned down (and beat up in the process), it makes sense for Laurinaitis to target Rock.
Otherwise, like previously stated, what was the point in bringing him back? He didn't get Rock over more, nor did he garner sympathy for Cena.
This twist gives the WWE two results: 1) It gets the belt off of Rock and 2) Cena can either come out of the bout with hands clean and a new feud or leave as a heel.