WWE Raw: What Last Night's Confrontation Told Us About Sunday's Main Event
Have any of you ever seen a film by Sergio Leone called The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?
It's a 1966 spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood, and it is considered by many to be the greatest western film of all time.
In the film, there are three main characters: Blondie (the good), Angel Eyes (the bad) and Tuco (the ugly).
The three men are all after the same goal: $200,000 worth of Confederate gold that is buried in the middle of a cemetery called Sad Hill.
After several encounters with each other throughout the film, all three men eventually end up at Sad Hill for a final showdown.
While Tuco can hold his own with a gun, he is the weakest of the three in comparison to Blondie and Angel Eyes, who have a much more serious rivalry between each other.
But although Tuco is taken less seriously by the other two, he plays his role of the third wheel to perfection, and his slight chance of victory prevents Angel Eyes from focusing all of his attention on Blondie.
In the end, Blondie shoots Angel Eyes twice, killing him. When Tuco attempts to fire his own gun, Blondie reveals he took the bullets out the night before.
Blondie then takes his own share of the money, and leaves Tuco with the bittersweet victory of keeping his life and having the gold, but being stranded out in the desert.
The reason why I've told you all of this is because the ending to WrestleMania XXVII's main event could very well play out in a similar fashion to the ending of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
Last night, after a month of verbal sparring, the WWE Universe finally witnessed The Rock physically confront John Cena and The Miz.
By the end of the segment, The Miz received a People's Elbow from The Rock, and quickly scampered out of the arena with Alex Riley. But The Rock ended up taking a finisher of his own moments later in the form of John Cena's Attitude Adjustment.
With a bruised Miz now backstage, and a shocked Rock now laying in the middle of the ring, it was John Cena that had the last laugh of the night.
This is where the Eastwood reference comes into play. Just like in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the main event of WrestleMania XXVII has presented us with three characters: The Rock (the good), John Cena (the bad) and The Miz (the ugly).
The first person we come to is The Rock, who represents "The Good."
Just like Blondie knowing the location of the grave filled with gold, The Rock is the host of WrestleMania this year. Therefore, he is in more control of this showdown than his two opponents.
The ultimate fate of John Cena and The Miz is in The Rock's hands. It is simply up to him to decide who is the bigger threat, and who he needs to send the clearer message to.
Also like Blondie, The Rock is neither a hero nor a villain, but an antihero that everyone cheers for. He is also the one who will come out on top Sunday night, regardless of what happens to the other two.
The next person we come to is The Miz, who is the "Ugly" of this storyline.
Like Tuco, The Miz is very good at running his mouth, but when it comes down to a physical confrontation between John Cena or The Rock, he cannot win on his own.
So what does The Miz do? He plays both sides. Gets inside both of their heads. His presence alone postpones the eventual showdown between John Cena and The Rock.
Also like Tuco, The Miz's fate is going to be bittersweet. He may retain his WWE championship this Sunday, but he probably isn't going to do it by himself.
The Miz may keep his gold, but he's still going to be the coward who was spared a harsher punishment.
Finally, we come to that lovable bowl of Fruity Pebbles himself, John Cena. And while I may get some flack for saying this, but he is none other than "The Bad" of this feud.
John Cena is usually the hero, but not this time around. The Rock is the person the WWE Universe wants to come out on top of this feud, and, last night's Chicago crowd made it perfectly clear which side the majority is on.
So while Cena can hold his own, he will always be looked at as an antagonist in comparison to The Rock.
And as the Angel Eyes of this feud, Cena's role is simple: He will have the true ultimate showdown with The Rock at WrestleMania XXVII...and he will lose.
Just like Tuco was merely a distraction for Angel Eyes, The Miz is merely a distraction for John Cena—and thinking he has outsmarted The Rock last night, his eyes will be off the ball this Sunday night, and it will cost him.
So to make a long story short...
The Rock will interfere in the main event of WrestleMania XXVII by attacking John Cena.
John Cena will get the win by disqualification, but he will fail to win the ultimate prize: winning the WWE championship and coming out on top of the feud.
The Miz will manage to retain the WWE championship as a result, but he also fail to win the ultimate prize of his own: defeating the face of the company and having his WrestleMania moment.
But when the smoke clears on Monday morning, it will be The Rock that ultimately stands tall, having made a successful comeback, coming out on top of a personal feud, and having put both of his opponents in their place.
And with that, I'm done writing articles until after WrestleMania XXVII.
I hope you enjoyed my article, and I look forward to seeing you all next week.
Enjoy WrestleMania, folks.
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