The Rock and John Cena will become just the second pairing to compete in the main event of Wrestlemania in consecutive years when they take to the ring this Sunday night.
The first? Bret Hart and Yokozuna. At Wrestlemania IX at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, "The Hitman" took on the behemoth number one contender in the scheduled show closer. Yokozuna won the match, and the WWE Championship, only to lose it seconds later to Hulk Hogan in an unscheduled bout. For the purposes of this article, that "match" will not count.
One year later, Hart and Yokozuna once again met in the main event, this time inside the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden. Again, the title was on the line and, again, a new champion would be crowned. This time, Bret would make up for the disappointment a year earlier by pinning Yoko and picking up his second WWE Championship.
To be picked to go on last two years a row in today's WWE, with so many marquee names populating the main event scene at any given Wrestlemania, is a tremendous feat. The Rock and John Cena are undoubtedly the two biggest box office attractions in the sport and for there to be enough interest in a second match just a year later is unheard of.
That means there is also a great deal of pressure to make sure the match lives up to expectations.
Cena and Rock have been there before, each faced with that pressure. If their match Sunday night is any less epic than their first one, and fans leave Met Life Stadium or turn off their televisions disappointed, do not expect the company to revisit the match any time soon.
No matter how much money it makes.