Despite the chorus of boos that would rain down on John Cena if he beats The Rock for the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 29, the company must make the right decision for the future and give Cena the win.
As hard as this fact will be to face for some fans, the WWE needs Cena as the champion.
Cena is unquestionably the face of the company—selling tons of merchandise and being the biggest draw over the last several years (h/t Michele Steele)—and losing at last year’s WrestleMania was a huge blow to his character.
This main event has been billed as Cena’s redemption match, and that really is the case.
The character Cena portrays is based on the mantra "Hustle, loyalty and respect." Last year, he told every one of his fans and the entire WWE Universe that he would walk away victorious against The Rock.
Instead of having a happy ending, Cena got too arrogant at WrestleMania 28 and stole one of The Rock’s moves to try to finish the match. That cockiness backfired, and The Rock picked up one of the biggest wins of his life.
The Rock got his vindication for making a comeback in the WWE, but now Cena needs his redemption for losing last year. There is no better way for Cena to do that than by beating The Rock for the WWE Championship.
As much as the hardcore wrestling fans stuck in the Attitude Era don’t want The Rock to ever lose the WWE Championship, a star of his magnitude doesn’t need the title to be a major draw.
Cena doesn’t need the championship to be a top draw, either. However, the passing of the title in this WrestleMania match will be more than just a physical event. The victory will represent the metaphorical passing of the torch from The Rock (the former face of the WWE) to Cena (the current face of the company).
Not only would the win re-assert Cena’s dominance as the top star in company, it would be the most impressive highlight of his storied career. Not only will it go down in history that he won the title at WrestleMania 29, it will forever be known that Cena defeated a bona fide legend in The Rock.
The victory would be undeniably huge for Cena’s momentum moving forward, but the fact that he will be on WWE programming every week will be the most pleasant and noticeable change with the championship.
As great as The Rock has been for ratings (h/t Wrestling Inc.), not having the WWE champion on TV on several occasions during the Road to WrestleMania was a mistake.
Despite reportedly being billed for the Extreme Rules PPV next month (h/t Wrestling Inc.), the company needs to take the strap off the champ. At least if Cena were to win on Sunday, the WWE Universe would finally have a chance to see the new belt on a more consistent basis.
As great as The Rock has been since coming back to the WWE, there should be no question that Cena deserves the win on Sunday, and most fans believe—whether they want to or not—that his time truly is now.
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