WWE WrestleMania 27: 10 Things You Need To Know About John Cena vs. The Miz
We are just a mere five days away from the biggest wrestling show of the year, and I'm here to share a few things that you NEED to know about the upcoming WWE Championship match between IWC hero, The Miz, and everyone's favorite punching bag, John Cena. We will laugh, we will cry and we may just even hate Cena a little more by the end of the slideshow.
The People's Shadow
Everything you need to know about Cena-Miz begins and ends with The Rock. Since coming back for the most electrifying return in sports entertainment and taking shots at Cena and to a lesser extent, The Miz, The Rock has overshadowed the matchup.
Everyone is anxious to know what kind of impact Rock will have on the match. I can only hope that Rock starts the match at ringside, because otherwise the crowd will be focused on the entrance ramp instead of the match, and that will devalue the match substantially. Based on the conclusion of Raw last night, I fully expect the Rock to get physically involved in the contest in some capacity.
Since being called up to the main roster, Riley has proven to be a major asset for The Miz. Although he eats a ton of finishing moves and chair shots, Riley proves to be the distraction that Miz needs to steal victories from his opponents.
If The Miz has any hopes of retaining, plan on Riley being a major thorn in Cena's side throughout the match. On a side note, I’m placing the odds of Riley eating an Attitude Adjustment at 3-2, any takers?
Cena Being Cena
It is well-known throughout the IWC that John Cena’s superman act is the most tired gimmick in professional wrestling. Never give up, never surrender, never job; those are Cena’s rules to live by. The Miz will throw everything he can at Cena before he hits his “five moves of doom” before probably winning the match. Cena has also only lost one championship match at WrestleMania during his career, and that is unlikely to change.
The Jim Ross Factor
There is no guarantee that this will happen, but depending on when the Lawler-Cole match takes place on the card, Jim Ross may indeed be calling the WWE Championship match. Neither Miz or Cena would ever be confused with a ring technician, however, having Ross call the match will raise its quality tenfold. Admit it, you get goosebumps whenever you hear Ross call the finish of a WrestleMania match.
No one can deny that The Miz has had one of the more meteoric and impressive rises in the history of professional wrestling, from awkward Diva Search host to WWE Champion. However, this is The Miz’s first real taste of the big leagues, and it will be interesting to see what kind of impact that has on the match. I would expect there to be some nerves early before Miz settles in.
This is a very underrated variable to consider in this match, and this decsion could be vital for its success. If Cena-Miz closes the show, it will fail. Yes, you have the image of Rock standing tall at the end, but that is not what this WrestleMania should be about. This is arguably the weakest (in terms of skill level) of the main events and should go on first.
If this match takes place after the mixed tag match, it will get the crowd hot for the remainder of the show. If it closes the night, it will send the crowd home disappointed. Remember what happened when the HHH-Randy Orton match had to follow up the epic HBK-Undertaker match at WrestleMania XXV?
Michael Cole's Impact
Cole is the biggest Miz fan in the WWE and has already verbally confronted Cena, so it stands to reason that he will have a say in the championship tilt. Cole has been physically getting involved in a handful of Miz’s matches, so seeing Cole leave the Cole Mine to help his man crush is certainly within the realm of possibility.
Of course Cole’s impact boils down to two factors: When his match with Jerry Lawler takes place, and what kind of punishment the WWE lays down for Cole’s Twitter remark last week.
WWE Youth Movement
Everyone, and I mean everyone, thinks that The Miz doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning the match. There are several reasons to believe that may very well be the case, especially considering how poorly he has been booked as champion.
However, the Miz has one thing in his favor, WWE’s “youth movement." If the WWE is serious about creating new stars, then The Miz must go over Cena. What better way to create the next big name in professional wrestling than by having The Miz go over THE face of the WWE cleanly?
The WrestleMania Card
Let’s face facts, this WrestleMania card is lacking in terms of emerging talent. Yes, you have the return of The Rock, and the extra TMZ exposure from having Snooki in a match. However, the WWE is reaching into the way-back machine by having Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Undertaker and Edge and Christian all competing or appearing in high-profile matches.
If there was ever a WrestleMania for this match to stand out, it will be this one. Yes, the Taker/HHH match has the most star power, but both guys are coming off of injuries and are dealing with ring rust, and there will be no Money in the Bank match this year. The expectations for Miz-Cena are not high, but these two could put on a surprisingly good match given the competition on the card.
This seems to be flying under the radar within the IWC, but The Miz is starting to become the face of the WWE. He constantly makes public appearances on behalf of the WWE at events such as Comicon and radio stations throughout the country. He is also starting to become more of a force on late night television as evident by his recent appearances on the George Lopez Show and Conan.
Remember, not too long ago, Cena was the cocky heel that we couldn’t stand, and look where he is now. The Miz is slowly following the same path Cena charted out years ago. If the WWE really wants to make The Miz matter, and build the future of the company around him, he will do the unthinkable and pin John Cena.