WWE WrestleMania 27: The Rock and Why He Could Get Involved in Each Match
As the guest host of WrestleMania, The Rock is sure to be a focal point of the show. Fans have been debating for weeks about how much The Rock will be involved, what his role will be, and which matches he will inject himself into. Some people are planning on buying WrestleMania solely on The Rock's participation, speaking to the drawing power of The Great One even to this day.
Although, in all honesty, the Rock has reasons to involve himself in every single match on the card. Let's take a look and see how Rocky could make a major impact on the show...
Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan
The Rock could involve himself in this match for one reason and one reason only: Sheamus. The Celtic Warrior has proclaimed himself to be one of the most dominant world champions of all-time and we all know The Rock has a bit of an ego problem.
Sheamus's bullying of smaller competitors has long been his M.O. and, if Sheamus is able to defeat Daniel Bryan, he might take it upon himself to deliver more punishment. I doubt that the guest host of WrestleMania would be able to sit idly by while Sheamus beats Bryan from pillar to post.
Would we be surprised if, during the post-match beating, The Rock's music hits and he sends the Irishman heading for the hills? Of course not.
Trish Stratus, Snooki, and John Morrison vs. LayCool and Dolph Ziggler
We all know that WrestleMania is all about star power and, as unfortunate as some people think it is, Snooki is a recognizable star. You know who else is a recognizable star? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
I could easily see The Rock punking out Dolph Ziggler and sharing a little moment with Trish and Snooki before verbally berating LayCool to the delight of the live crowd. Layla and Michelle have deserved a receipt for a long while now for all their nasty behavior and no one delivers the verbal smackdown like the Rock.
Besides, what better way to get on Entertainment Tonight than to have The Rock posing in the middle of the WrestleMania ring with Snooki?
Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes
While it is highly unlikely that The Rock will involve himself in this conflict, there are still reasons it's possible.
The Rock has never really been involved with Mysterio, having switched to part-time wrestling by the time Mysterio made his WWE debut. This could be the perfect time for Rocky to endorse the Mexican high flyer and provide fans with a rare photo-op of two of their favorite wrestlers.
There is also the added bonus of Dusty Rhodes lurking in the background, one of the greatest talkers in the history of wrestling. I would be perfectly fine with The Rock and Rhodes squaring off in a verbal debate during the match and possibly affecting the outcome.
Cody, on the other hand, needs to keep his eyes open. A People's Elbow would certainly mess his face up far worse than any 619 could.
Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
The WWE Machine has been firmly behind Randy Orton for a long time and they seemed determined to attempt to turn him into the modern day Steve Austin...no easy task, to be sure.
The New Nexus is currently barred from ringside but, knowing the mindset of the group, it would seem likely that they would not be interested in following rules.
The Rock would be the perfect guy to even the odds at ringside and provide backup while Orton takes care of CM Punk in the center of the ring.
Randy Orton could only benefit from an endorsement from The Rock and look all the better by association.
As an aside, I think if CM Punk was born 10 years earlier, he could have had an awesome feud with The Rock around 1999-2000. Punk was the kind of opponent, much like Jericho, who the Rock could make look like a million bucks and have a **** match while he was at it.
Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole
The Megapowers explode at WrestleMania! In all seriousness, this match is probably going to be so overbooked it's going to make Vince Russo say "wow, that was really overbooked."
Jerry Lawler will certainly have something to counteract the heel tandem of Cole-Swagger and Steve Austin seems naturally in that role.
However, how cool of a WrestleMania moment would it be to have old rivals Steve Austin and The Rock face off one last time at the Granddaddy of Them All? A staredown between those two legends would definitely bring the crowd to their feet and send the flashbulbs exploding.
I would call it a certainty that The Rock will meet Steve Austin at WrestleMania and there's a very good possibility that it could happen during Cole vs. Lawler.
Triple H vs. The Undertaker
This is actually the only match on the card which features two of The Rock's old rivals.
Both the Undertaker and HHH have waged war with The Rock all over the world and what better way for Rocky to get revenge than to destroy them both during the biggest match of their lives?
The Rock and HHH in particular had a vicious feud that covered a good bit of 2000 and HHH was the one who pinned the Rock in the main event of WrestleMania 16.
While the Undertaker and Rock never met at a WrestleMania, they have been in the ring together both as partners and enemies.
Rocky lost a world title match to Undertaker at King of the Ring and, a few months later, Taker caused Rock to lose his newly won world title to HHH on Raw is War. In 1999, The Rock and Mankind formed the legendary Rock N Sock Connection, which defeated the team of Undertaker and Big Show to win the world tag team titles.
The bottom line is that The Rock has been heavily involved in both HHH and the Undertaker's career, so it would only make sense that he makes his presence known in this match-up.
Edge vs. Alberto Del Rio
While everyone is expecting The Rock to involve himself in the WWE Championship match, there's still a possibility that he could inject himself into the World Heavyweight title bout as well.
The Rock has not appeared on SmackDown since his return, but what better way to give the B-show credibility than to make an appearance on the episode following WrestleMania, when viewer interest is the highest?
Alberto Del Rio seems to be WWE's next big thing (sorry Brock) and shows some of the heel charisma that The Rock displayed early in his career. I could see Rocky commandeering the microphone during Del Rio's entrance and giving his own introduction to the Mexican superstar.
Ultimately, The Rock might involve himself in this match simply to steal some of the thunder from Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio is the WWE's fastest rising star, so The Rock might want to have a little chat with him about stepping into the main event.
The Miz vs. John Cena
Obviously, this is the match where The Rock's presence is guaranteed to be felt. A Rock/Cena feud would divide the fanbase significantly and definitely split them up into Attitude Era vs. WWE Era. Simply put, Rocky vs. Cena is one of the last "dream matches" they have left.
The Miz, unfortunately, has been treated as an afterthought in this feud but expect him to make a big impression at Raw tonight. Sharing the spotlight with The Rock could do wonders for the Miz's career and, if they are serious about Miz as a main eventer, then they will ensure that it happens.
In storyline terms, The Rock has reasons to punch both guys in the head but, in the end, he'll have to side with one or the other. Since no one is going to boo The Rock at this stage of his career, it seems natural that he will take out the Miz and provide us with yet another John Cena title reign.
However, there are rumors of a Cena heel turn on the horizon. I wonder if there's a possibility of that happening at WrestleMania?