WWE Title Defended at ‘Mania: 28 times
Successfully Defended: 12 times
Percentage of Rumble Winner Victories: 63 percent (19 shots awarded, 12 victories)
Rock’s ‘Mania Record: 5-4
Cena’s ‘Mania Record: 6-3
WrestleMania XXVIII saw the “Once in a Lifetime” match between The Rock and John Cena. One year later, that match will be happening for the second time in a lifetime. This one will be different, though, as the WWE Championship will be on the line!
This whole feud has been centered around Cena’s redemption. After losing last year, Cena declared that his life went into shambles. Troubles at home, failure to win the WWE Championship and a work scandal involving AJ Lee plagued him throughout 2012.
Cena blames himself since The Rock didn’t actually defeat him. Cena beat himself. The Rock is going in with confidence, though, since he knows he can defeat the face of the WWE. Cena thinks he can win, but The Rock knows that he can.
Add in a bit of physicality, including a Rock Bottom, and there’s the feud for the WWE Championship in a nutshell.
I think this match is a little more unpredictable then some give it credit for. Since Cena has lost at the last two WrestleMania events, and seeing as he hasn’t held the WWE Championship since October 2011, it could be a safe bet that he’ll win this match.
At the same time, Cena’s “redemption” has been built up huge. He needs this victory, he needs to defeat The Rock and he needs the WWE Championship. I think it’s entirely possible for The Rock to win, thus seeing everything Cena has worked for come crashing down hard.
With “boring” chants during his promo on Raw this past Monday, and it being very likely that Cena could get booed out of the building at WrestleMania, WWE could play it safe by keeping the title on The Rock for just a bit longer.
A heel turn for Cena is very unlikely, but a second loss to The Rock isn’t.
History hasn’t been too kind to WWE champions at WrestleMania. The WWE Championship has been defended 28 times with only 12 champions retaining the belt. That’s only 43 percent of champions. 63 percent of Royal Rumble winners have gone on to win the title at WrestleMania as well. Historically, Cena has an advantage. Will he win, though?
Last year I predicted John Cena to win because it was a “safe bet” and the most likely scenario, but this year, I’m going with my gut. I’m going with The Rock retaining the WWE Championship.
Winner and Still Champion: The Rock