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After introducing the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class, most fans were expecting the eight-person tag match between Brodus Clay, Sweet T and The Funkadactyls and the team of Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins. Much to our surprise, though, Cena made his entrance to a chorus of boos. The boos resumed as Cena won the match, became WWE champion and gained redemption.
The match started slow, as there was a feeling-out process. Also, after two top-flight matches, it was difficult for the fans to remain engaged. As funny as it sounds, a buffer prior to The Rock vs. Cena might have been beneficial. Things eventually picked up, though, and it turned into a counter fest as each man attempted their finishers on multiple occasions.
Jerry "The King" Lawler said it best as he said that you'd "need a calculator" to count how many Attitude Adjustments and Rock Bottoms were countered and attempted. My favorite part of the match came when Cena attempted to do The People's Elbow. It doomed him last year, as The Rock countered with a Rock Bottom. Cena was wise to the plan this time, as he stopped himself and attempted an Attitude Adjustment.
After numerous additional counters, Cena finally hit the Attitude Adjustment to pick up the win. Following the bout, Cena and The Rock embraced in the ring and Cena left to allow Rock to have his moment. The fans were hoping for a Cena heel turn, but it didn't happen. It would have been a great moment, but the WWE simply doesn't have a viable top face replacement.
To close the show, Cena and Rock raised each other's arms on the top of the stage. Fans will probably be critical of the match because it wasn't a technical affair, but the action really got rolling in the middle of the match and the performers were able to get the fans into it. Even if it was predictable, it was a great and memorable match to close WrestleMania.