Don't count on The Rock and John Cena stealing the show Sunday night at WrestleMania XXIX.
While their match for the WWE title will be the most talked-about fight on the card, it is likely to be a good match but a tad disappointing for what is the main event of the biggest show of the year.
In The Rock's four matches since his return, he has yet to put on a really good match. They've been a spectacle; however, the actual in-ring action has been lacking.
Although The Rock is incredibly fit and muscled, his level of fitness doesn't seem to be translating to the ring. You can be as jacked as you want, but that's not going to help you if you neglect cardio. In his matches, The Rock looks gassed. Throughout his career, he's always looked to have been beaten within an inch of his life after a match.
The Rock of today is a much different story. Physically, he's a much different wrestler, and it's affected his work in the ring.
While never a great technical wrestler, The Rock was always very good. Now that skill has eroded in favor of packing on pounds of muscle for his movie career. During his matches, you've seen a lot of rest holds. The pace of the matches has been slow in order for The Rock to get his stamina back.
Last year, Cena and The Rock's match was nothing compared to the Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Triple H. But the two stars were able to rely on the fact that it was the first time they were facing off. It was presented as a once-in-a-lifetime match, pitting the two biggest stars of their respective eras. The crowd was guaranteed to be hot, no matter what, especially with the pay-per-view in The Rock's hometown.
In the main event of WrestleMania, you just want to see the kind of match where you are left breathless because of all the action. This year could be a lot like WrestleMania XXV, when Triple H and Randy Orton followed The Undertaker/Shawn Michaels match. The WWE title match was a massive letdown and an anticlimactic way to end the pay-per-view.
The Rock and Hulk Hogan put on a great, legendary match at WrestleMania X8. Then, when they met almost a year later at No Way Out, their match was forgettable. The very same could happen to The Rock this time around with Cena.
This is not to say that The Rock and Cena are going to put on a terrible match. Considering the wrestlers and title involved, it makes sense as the main event for the second year in a row.
Fans expecting to be blown away at the end of WrestleMania XXIX should just set the bar a little lower.
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