The Rock vs. John Cena: The Signaling of a New Era

Adam HassanContributor IIApril 9, 2011

The match that will redefine Wrestlemania.
The match that will redefine Wrestlemania.

On the heels of WrestleMania 27, the April 4, 2011 edition of Monday Night Raw has left fans buzzing and full of uncontrollable excitement. Segments such as the much anticipated debut of Sin Cara proved to be a tremendous sight.

There were also a number of noteworthy matches and segments that occurred, but the historic altercation between the People's champion, The Rock, and the current face of WWE, John Cena, was the main focus of the show.

After exchanging insults and (for the first time in this feud) displaying reverence and respect for each other, The Rock and Cena agreed to a monumental match at Sun Life Stadium at the stupendous spectacle that is WrestleMania 28.

The main event for next year's WrestleMania has already been set, and the speculation has indeed started. Some admire the fact that the WWE is taking a chance and building a year plus program and others are a bit skeptical on whether the feud will become stale.

But regardless of whether or not the build will be done right for the match, it is undoubtedly true that the match has an immense amount of implications. One cannot express the significance of this match. Two of the biggest icons in WWE history competing at the grandest stage of them all.

This match should culminate a great feud that has electrified millions all over the world. The fact that two generations, two eras competing for the glory and grandeur of WrestleMania is impeccable. This match should be a passing of the torch type match, and will be the signaling of a new era.

Ten years prior to when this match should take place, the face of the attitude era (well co-face with Austin), The Rock, took on the biggest icon of professorial wrestling Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18. The attitude era was culminating and was in need of ending with a bang, and WrestleMania 18 did just that.

The Rock defeated Hogan and launched the newest era in the WWE. Now, with the potential to be one of the greatest feuds in WWE history, John Cena and The Rock both contain an opportunity to solidify themselves as two of the most important workers in WWE history.

With a Cena win, (and maybe even a heel turn by WrestleMania) The WWE could exit out of the PG era and usher in the newest phase of the product. I expect this next WrestleMania to contain a variety of matches that include the past vs. present type feel, with two generations in one ring.

The possibility that the two luchadores, Rey Mysterio and the newest superstar Sin Cara face off in a fast paced match at the event is also an exciting feeling. Also judging by the recent comments from Stone Cold (in an interview, he stated he could work full time), the possibility of a match from Steve Austin is alive and well.

If matches similar to those I listed make their way onto the card, along with the astonishing main event already announced, next year's WrestleMania could usher in another great era in wrestling history.