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John Cena vs. the Rock: WrestleMania Match Won't Exceed Last Year's Main Event

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2013

For the second year in a row, John Cena will face The Rock in the main event of WrestleMania. Unfortunately, it is unlikely to live up to expectations.

Last year, the match between the two had everything you could ask for in a main event of the biggest Pay-Per-View of the year. 

There was a great rivalry that was brewing for more than a year, and each man is among the most popular wrestlers in the history of the organization. The two have combined for 18 reigns as WWE champion.

While the match was not for a title of any kind, it still featured plenty of excitement. Both sides utilized their signature moves, and it ended when Cena attempted to finish things off with The People's Elbow.

In the end, The Rock got the better of his opponent and won after a Rock Bottom. However, it would not be surprising if either competitor was able to pull out the victory.

This time around, there is simply not as much excitement. It is a match that we have seen before, and we have realistically seen coming for a long time.

Even though the WWE Championship is on the line, the fact that each has already won a number of times even makes that storyline less interesting.

The original matchup between two popular wrestlers left us thinking about which one was going to get the win. This time, it would be quite surprising if Cena does not get his revenge.

In a mirror of last year, The Rock will probably attempt to do his opponent's signature move, the Attitude Adjustment, and get caught looking ahead. Cena should be able to take over for the win, possibly setting up a third fight, which would serve as the rubber match in this rivalry.

On the other hand, a victory by The Rock would simply provide fans with a rerun from last year's show.

There is simply not much that could happen to truly surprise or amaze people in the upcoming PPV.

In WrestleMania 28, two of the top stars in the sport gave a spectacular performance in an event that was billed "Once in a Lifetime." It appears that we will now see this twice in a lifetime, whether we want to or not.

Fans are obviously going to still tune in to WrestleMania 29 to see what happens, but The Rock and John Cena will fail to live up to expectations this time around. 

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