WWE WrestleMania 29: Why The Rock or Brock Lesnar Must Win Again
In just a few hours, the biggest pay-per-view event of the wrestling season comes to us from MetLife stadium.
Two of the main featured matches on the card are two big rematches from 2012.
At WrestleMania 28, John Cena told viewers he could not afford to lose to The Rock and that "no one remembers second place." Then, Cena lost.
In what was one of the biggest box office matches the WWE has ever had, The Rock pinned the shoulders of the company's top star to the mat.
Now, after a tumultuous year, Cena is in the main event and challenging for the WWE title by virtue of winning the 2013 Royal Rumble match. His opponent happens to be the same man, The Rock.
In the summer of 2012, Brock Lesnar had just his second match since returning to the company, battling Triple H at Summerslam. "The Game" took the fight to Lesnar, but was forced to tap out to his dangerous kimura lock.
After Lesnar attacked Mr. McMahon on the January 28, 2013 edition of Monday Night Raw, Triple H resurfaced, challenging Lesnar to a match at WrestleMania 29.
What did these two matches have in common?
Once they were complete, both Cena and Triple H had a very memorable, dejected look on their face... a look of failure.
Cena and Triple H are two of the biggest stars in WWE history, so it's obvious that they will both get their measure of revenge at WrestleMania, right? After all, Cena is the top star and Triple H is part of the WWE hierarchy.
The smart decision would be to go in the opposite direction, if for no other reason than to avoid a very predictable evening.
Cena will have to dish out everything he has to defeat The Rock and take the title and another loss is hard to imagine.
Still, The Rock has become one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and he will be around after WrestleMania. Keeping the title on him and having Cena chase it may mean more money for the WWE machine.
In the case of Triple H and Lesnar, the match will be contested under no-holds-barred rules, and Triple H will be putting his career on the line.
Ten years ago, that may have meant something. But with Triple H competing one or two times a year, he doesn't have much of an in-ring career at this point anyway.
Lesnar will be sticking around with the company going forward as well, and if he comes out of WrestleMania 29 with a 1-2 win-loss record since returning, he'll look a lot less intimidating.
There is probably a strong belief that Triple H and Cena both avenge their previous losses on Sunday night, but they have both already achieved great careers.
It wouldn't hurt either man to lose...again.
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