WWE Raw: The Rock vs John Cena; Finally!

Michael JohnsonContributor IApril 5, 2011

Has there ever been a city more fortunate than Miami, FL in the last year or so? First the Miami Heat signs the two best basketball players in the world during the most significant free agency period in the history of the NBA. Now, in one year, Miami will host perhaps the biggest wrestling match in the history of sports entertainment. And don’t forget about the Super Bowls over the years! What is it about Miami that allows its citizens to catch all of the great sporting events?

I’ll admit that I have never taken my talents to South Beach but I have been to other parts of Miami. South Beach must be a beautiful place because the rest of the city is a dump. If the “other” sections of Miami are Kim Kardashian’s reality shows, then South Beach must be the sex tape and Skechers commercials.

But I digress…

I suppose the location isn’t really important because we will finally have our dream match: The Rock Vs John Cena at WrestleMania 28. As the commentators expressed with much mediocrity, this is the first time the WrestleMania main event has been announced one year in advance.

After being on the receiving end of a Rock Bottom which cost him a chance to win the WWE championship and promising to call out The Great One, John Cena looked awfully chipper as he came to the ring. This is the perfect example of what is wrong with the John Cena character. He just got screwed out of the WWE championship in the main event of WrestleMania and he just does what he always does; play to the section of the crowd that isn’t booing him, crack jokes and validate why a lot of fans don’t like him or take him seriously. For comparison’s sake, watch how Austin reacts after being screwed out of the WWE championship.

When Cena finally gets around to it he asks Rocky to come to the ring. After some delay, The Rock comes out to join Cena in the ring. The Rock says what all of us have been saying for years; that while he respects Cena, his work ethic and dedication, he doesn’t like Cena.

Cena challenged Rocky to a match and he accepted but insisted the match take place at WrestleMania 28. I have a few issues with this:

First, after threatening to whoop John Cena’s candy ass for six weeks, he finally gets his chance to make good on his promises but he wants to do it in one year. It makes Rocky seem like he was bluffing all this time. Second, after being on the receiving end of verbal abuse and the loss of the chance to win the WWE championship, why is Cena content to wait one year for this match? Isn’t the WWE championship the most important thing in the WWE? The Rock shouldn’t be able to get away with costing him the title and delaying the match for a year. Lastly, The Rock and John Cena seemed awfully chummy for two guys who supposedly dislike each other so much.

The Corrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre interrupted the love fest and assaulted the new best friends only to be quickly overtaken and squashed twice in two nights (who’d those guys upset?). The love fest continued to close the show afterwards.

As much as I have problems with this feud disregarding basic human emotions and wrestling’s unwritten rules of placing the utmost value in the world title, the match taking place next year is a blessing for John Cena.

The Rock has just undressed John Cena’s character so thoroughly over the past six weeks that he is taken less seriously than even before Rocky’s return. We fans were worried about The Miz being buried and he has come out of this looking better than ever. John Cena has work to do between now and next year.

His mission—and the mission of the creative staff—has to be to undo the damage done by “Team Bring it” and establish once again why he is the face of the WWE. The Rock is going away, but that won’t stop the fans from chanting “Fruity Pebbles” and “Yabba Dabba” going forward. John Cena has to shut those guys up or it will be a very long year for him.

I am looking forward to what John Cena does over the next year. The match is desired by fans very much and it will garner many pay-per-view buy rates but if John Cena doesn’t alter his character between now and then, the match will be all fluff and no stuff; just like everything else in Miami.