Wrestlemania XXVIII Preview: Rock vs Cena Set, Will Triple H End the Streak?
After writing my WrestleMania 27 article, I have decided forecast WrestleMania 28. Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida will be the venue for this fantastic pay-per-view.
Barring injury or change of plans, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will wrestle for the first time in eight years, when he wrestles nemesis John Cena.
Undertaker may not be physically able to compete, but his toughness is undeniable. I will assume he is physically able to put on one more match. I see both Edge and Rey Mysterio staying around for WrestleMania as well.
At last WrestleMania, there weren't any dream matches except for Triple H-Taker. This time, a dream match has already been booked.
In between now and then, I can see the WWE Championship and World Heavyweight Championship be unified.
I will make an electrifying WrestleMania card that will and should be the greatest WrestleMania ever! It will have a special start time of 6:45 PM eastern time, in order to get all the matches on the card.
Drew McIntyre and Sheamus (C) vs. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
Remember when there were tag teams?
Yes these are for the tag titles. Both teams have been a team before. McIntyre and Sheamus were the Celtic Connection and Ryder and Hawkins were the Major Brothers.
To make this an even more intense match, this will be a street fight. This is a match to open things. I will even add the pay-per-view time by 15 minutes to get this match on here. A hardcore tag match would be a great way to warm up the crowd and the folks watching on TV.
McIntyre and Sheamus are perfect for this kind of match, while Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins are Long Island guys, so they know how to get down.
We see a random title change, with a Ryder roll up on Sheamus after Sheamus misses a brogue kick.
Winner (and new champions): Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
Sin Cara Vs. Alberto Del Rio Vs. Rey Mysterio in a Lucha Libre Style Match
A nice video en español!
A triple-threat Lucha Libre-style match, to my knowledge, has never happened in WWE. Why not with this historic WrestleMania? To make it simple the first man with two pins or submissions wins the match.
As for the feud itself, I can see Del Rio be drafted to Raw and starting a feud with Sin Cara. WWE should bide their time and start this feud right around the Royal Rumble, throwing Rey Mysterio into this feud as well. Build this up as an iconic Mexican dream matchup, which will boost buy rates in Mexico.
Del Rio makes Sin Cara submit to the cross arm-breaker for the first fall. Then, Mysterio responds by hitting the 619 on Del Rio. Sin Cara makes Mysterio submit to La Mistica to even up the fall count. Another 5-10 minutes of near falls and submissions ensues, until Sin Cara puts Del Rio in La Mistica and makes him tap out!
But the ref is distracted! Del Rio reaches the ropes!
Del Rio then hits the cross arm-breaker on Mysterio to pick up the victory just before Sin Cara breaks up the hold. It's a 30 minute instant Lucha Libre classic only these three men can put on.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Beth Phoenix Vs. Awesome Kong (C) for the Divas Title
If WWE was smart, they would build this potential rivalry like Hogan and Andre. But the Divas Division might as well be called the Stripper's Division, because that's all they are at this point.
Except Beth-Kong can be a masterpiece if taken seriously. Add the Divas title and away we go. This match does not need to go longer than ten minutes, but a quality Divas match would be a breath of fresh air. Beth picks up the win by hitting the Glam Slam on Kong, marking Kong's first ever loss in the WWE.
Winner (and new champion): Beth Phoenix
Rock Segment with Jonathan Coachman
Why not have Coachman take the day off from ESPN and let him interview the Great One like the good old times prior to his match with that overrated Power Ranger?
Edge Vs. Christian in a TLC Match: Loser Must Retire
E & C made this match famous!
IWC, you get your dream match after many long, painful years of hopelessly pleading to Vince McMahon. Now, Edge will face Christian in the fight for both of their careers. They start feuding after the reformed team/alliance of E & C breaks up at the Rumble.
What better way than to make it with the match they revolutionized, the TLC match? I don't think Edge or Christian will be worse for wear after one TLC match.
Edge is set to retire here, so the Ultimate Opportunist is inches away from his job, but Christian throws him down the ladder. Tears stream up the face of Christian as he makes his best friend unemployed. We get our sentimental moment of WrestleMania.
After the match, Edge and Christian embrace and the fans give Edge a standing ovation.
Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
I can see Randy Orton moved to Smackdown in this year's WWE draft once his feud with CM Punk ends. He needs to escape the inevitable Cena-Rock shadow on Raw to be the man on Smackdown.
Cody Rhodes also resides in Smackdown. Hopefully, he will stay there and make his way up the mid-card before reaching the main event at some point. He does not need a title to get himself over. Rey Mysterio willingness to lose to him means something.
This feud starts at the Royal Rumble. Cody Rhodes throws Randy Orton over the top rope after being previously eliminated. Orton is furious. He costs Rhodes his spot in the Elimination Chamber by taking him out in his match.
The feud can be well done, with the Legacy background as an enhancement. This will certainly surpass the triple threat match at WrestleMania 26 with Ted Dibiase. The match ends by Randy Orton almost connecting an RKO from midair, but he eats a Cross Rhodes to lose.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
Chris Jericho and Rock Talk
Let's recap WrestleMania 28 so far!
Alberto Del Rio proved he was the best Luchadore by defeating Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara. Beth Phoenix handed Awesome Kong (or whatever she will be called) her first ever WWE loss to capture the Divas Title. Christian made his best friend Edge retire by grabbing that contract. Cody Rhodes cemented himself as a future main-event superstar by defeating Randy Orton.
Now, the Rock and Chris Jericho have a nice conversation.
Jack Swagger vs. Justin Gabriel (C) vs. John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler
Who takes home the Intercontinental gold?
Remember when the Intercontinental belt had some prestige? Remember whenShawn Michaels and Razor Ramon fought for that belt? Remember Bret Hart and Davie Boy Smith?
This match is not just a way to put everybody on the card. It's a way to elevate the prestige of a fallen championship. Wade Barrett's star power will and should elevate the prestige, but he needs to defend it on a regular basis. He won't have it forever, so he can drop it to fellow Corre member Justin Gabriel.
Gabriel has a run as a face. Ziggler and Swagger are still heels. Morrison remains a face.
This fatal four way could be a really good match. There's plenty of athletic spots from Morrison, Gabriel and Ziggler. Swagger adds a technical aspect to things.
Give these men 15-20 minutes and you accomplish your goal of not completely burying the Intercontinental Championship. Oh wait, that is their goal. Jack Swagger becomes semi-relevant again by making Ziggler submit to the ankle lock.
Winner (and new champion): Jack Swagger
Miz vs. Alex Riley
Miz will turn face by the end of the year. He is just too popular with merchandise and appearances. He is awesome, even though his in-ring skills aren't. But every burgeoning good guy needs a foil. That foil's name is Alex Riley.
Alex Riley has all the tools to be great. Just don't let him join the Straight Edge Society or drive while impaired. He has mic skills and size, two traits the WWE desires from their stars. His brawling skills masks his technical inadequacies in the ring. However, his wrestling skills will improve to where he can wrestle a solid match.
Miz and Riley won't be a classic, but it establishes both men for the main event for a long time. Don't laugh at Riley being a star because they had him attack the Rock. A face needs a win here, so Miz wins.
CM Punk vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
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With Stone Cold saying he will be able to wrestle it does not necessarily mean he will wrestle again. But this is a fantasy pay-per-view, not a realistic one. A realistic match could be Miz vs. CM Punk in a contrast of lifestyles.
But who doesn't want to see CM Punk take on Stone Cold? They have already had a twitter war. But Punk loves to stir things up on twitter, so don't look deep into it.
Punk has an innate ability to lose and still stay over with the fans. Therefore, Stone Cold hits one last stunner on Punk to pick up his final victory in his final match.
Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin
After the match Austin gives Punk a beer bath. Everyone is happy, except for Punk. Maybe they could have a non-alcoholic beer to accommodate Punk.
Triple H vs. Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell Match
Let's face it. Mark Calloway has had an amazing career. However, this must be his last match. It is his life and his prerogative when to retire. But judging from his inability to wrestle more than 10 times a year, it's time. In order to have some doubts about the Streak, this is a retirement match for Undertaker.
Triple H, on the other hand, has more left in the tank. But he is needed to replace Vince someday in management. He realizes wrestling for too long will tarnish his body and his legacy. But he has one more thing to do, end the hallowed Streak.
It looks like Sting is not coming to WWE, so Triple H needs to be the last opponent. John Cena would be a good option, but he has much bigger things going on.
In order to make it seem like Triple H is going to win, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and even Razor Ramon will accompany him to the ring. Undertaker gets Kane and Paul Bearer to join him as well.
If they have a match as good as last time, I will be more than satisfied. Shawn Michaels and company will interfere somehow. Kane will also interfere either for or against Taker.
Undertaker gets a glorious send off with one last tombstone on The Game to boost his WrestleMania record to an unprecedented 20-0!
Chris Jericho (C) vs. Wade Barrett for the Undisputed Title
That's a nice look for a new title.
Wade Barrett has been a man in the spotlight. He debuted as the leader of Nexus. He then faces John Cena in several main events. He could have won the WWE title and would have been more than ready. He is one of the top mic workers in the business today. He has the size and the ring presence that screams megastar.
He is also genuinely hated by the fans. But at some point, he lost a step. Corre has racked up irrelevant titles to boost their resumes.
Looking into the future, I see Corre break up by the end of the year. I see Justin Gabriel goes mid-card face and Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson staying heel. Heath Slater either gets fired, becomes a mid-card face or becomes a heel jobber.
Wade Barrett shocks us all by winning the Royal Rumble. He immediately challenges the new Undisputed champion, Chris Jericho, for the title.
Chris Jericho returns at some point as a top guy. After picking up the WWE Championship from the Miz, he defeats World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton in a title unification match at Summerslam.
There is a backstory to this feud. Chris Jericho was the mentor for Wade Barrett during the first season of NXT. Wade Barrett and Nexus targeted Jericho, as well as other Raw wrestlers.
Let Wade Barrett get his WrestleMania moment by connecting a second Wasteland on Jericho to become new Undisputed Champion!
Winner: Wade Barrett
Rock vs. John Cena (If Cena Wins)
Words cannot describe how epic this match will be. I can walk through several possible endings. First I will display the nightmarish possibility of Cena winning. Yes, I want Rock to defeat that overrated Power Ranger.
1) John Cena infuriates the over-10 crowd by cleaning defeating the Rock.
2) John Cena turns heel by cheating to defeat the Rock.
3) Outside interference distracts the Rock and Cena cheats to win.
Three basic scenarios Cena can win. Given the heat on Cena, the heel turn will be decisive. A promo on Raw can cement his heel status for a long time.
Ratings could go through the roof. A whole new article can be written on the pros and cons of John Cena's heel turn.
I don't see scenario No. 3 appealing. Vince is not insane enough for scenario No. 1. Scenario No. 2 is the most logical way for Cena to win while making the ultimate, yet unsurprising, heel turn.
Rock vs. John Cena (Rock Wins)
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For all those people running their mouth about the Tooth Fairy and how bad his acting career has gone, are you high? Dwayne Johnson has made millions doing movies that do well in the box office. No WWE Superstar can touch his Hollywood status.
As for that picture, who wouldn't embarrass himself for a million dollars?
Anyway, getting off topic here, I can envision a couple of scenarios in which Rock wins the match.
1) He cleanly defeats John Cena via the Rock Bottom.
2) A person about to feud with Cena (think heel) comes out and smacks Cena in the head with something while the ref is not looking. Rock hits the People's Elbow and picks up the victory. After the match, Rock attacks the guy who hit Cena in the head.
Scenario No. 1 would be more likely to happen. There's no way Rock is turning heel after this match. A clean Rock victory over John Cena would be the ideal scenario. Maybe they shake hands afterwards as a sign of respect.
Perhaps Cena could turn heel by low-blowing him after the handshake. A lot of things can happen in this match. That's why I devoted two slides to it. But this Wrestlemania is going to be the most memorable one in history. And that moment is when Super Cena goes Super Bad.
Now on to the outcome
As I throw up a little inside, John Cena will win by cheating. He will hit Rock in the head with a chain while the ref is distracted. Then he connects an Attitude Adjustment to pick up the tainted victory.
Winner: John Cena
Let's recap the epic pay-per-view.
The first two matches did not disappoint. The tag match was very solid while the Lucha Libre match steals the show. Beth Phoenix and Awesome Kong put on a classic Divas match to placate the Divas division. Jonathan Coachman interviews the Rock, reminiscent of good times.
Edge lost his last match to Christian in a TLC match while Cody Rhodes upset Randy Orton. Jack Swagger outlasts Justin Gabriel, Dolph Ziggler, and John Morrison for the Intercontinental Championship.
Miz defeats former partner Alex Riley. Stone Cold Steve Austin caps off his career by defeating CM Punk. Undertaker goes to 20-0 against Triple H. Wade Barrett defeats Chris Jericho to become the new Undisputed Champion.
A shocking John Cena upset over the Rock highlights the last match of the show. John Cena's heel turn is the watershed moment for WWE moving forward. This is on record for the greatest Wrestlemania ever.
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Hornswoggle vs. Great Khali