WWE WrestleMania 29: John Cena vs. The Rock Sets a Dangerous Precedent

Daniel Van BoomAnalyst IIApril 8, 2013

Source: WWE.com
Source: WWE.com

The Rock vs. John Cena II was billed as Legacy vs. Redemption, and redemption prevailed. However, the match's legacy may have set a dangerous precedent for future main events.

The salient feature of WrestleMania 29's main event was the ridiculous amount of finishing moves that were hit.

Rock Bottom after Rock Bottom, Attitude Adjustment after Attitude Adjustment. Throughout the course of the match, The Rock hit three Rock Bottoms and one People's Elbow, while John Cena gave out four Attitude Adjustments—and a Rock Bottom of his own.

That's eight false finishes in the span of about 10 minutes. If you didn't watch the match to see for yourself, that is way, way too many.

When used properly, a false finish can be an immensely exhilarating moment. Superstars’ finishing moves are built up in the audience's mind to signal the end of a match, so when someone kicks out of one, it can be a pleasant shock.

The problem is that when there are too many false finishes, the audience begins to expect them.

You'll notice that there wasn't a huge pop for The Rock's first Rock Bottom—because everyone knew Cena would kick out.

The result is that these moves have a much smaller impact on the audience than they should. It can also lead to other Superstars looking weak.

Imagine if Cena faces Dolph Ziggler on Raw tonight and hits an Attitude Adjustment after about six or seven minutes for the win. Ziggler will look like a jobber since Rock kicked out of three of them the night before.

It could be argued that it was WrestleMania and a rematch, so it made sense that there would be so many false finishes.

Every year's 'Mania is billed as being bigger than the last, so does that mean that it should take five Attitude Adjustments to defeat Cena's opponent next year?

The overuse of finishing moves hurt the match and has serious potential to hurt Superstars and other main events in the future.

Let's hope it was just an experiment and that WWE recognizes it as a failure. 

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