WWE: 10 Matches We Would Rather See for The Rock at WrestleMania 28
The most electrifying man in all of entertainment graced the WWE Universe with his presence last Monday night on Raw as we all wished The Rock a Happy 39th Birthday.
His birthday party overshadowed a fantastic match where John Cena defended his newly won WWE Championship against former champ, The Miz.
WIth Cena holding the WWE title, it seems we are being teased that the main event at WrestleMania 28 between The Rock and John Cena will be for the championship.
While I think it's very unlikely that Cena makes it back to Miami on April 1, 2012 with the title, it's at least an interesting storyline for the immediate future.
The bigger question at hand is whether or not the WWE got it right by booking The Rock to face John Cena in the first place.
Let's take a look at some other potential match-ups which could have topped John Cena vs The Rock...
The Rock's return was a huge hit but not to be overlooked is the impending return of Chris Jericho.
Rock and Jericho are not only two of the biggest superstars in WWE history, they are both in the conversation of having the most successful careers outside of pro wrestling.
Jericho plays the heel character as well as anybody and if he were to have come back, the cheers would have been out of this world. But say he immediately attacked The Rock with the whole "I won't be overlooked" angle?
Jericho and The Rock are both fantastic athletes and while Cena may be improving his in-ring move set, he can't compare to either of these guys.
While The Miz may not have the star power of a Chris Jericho or John Cena, he is certainly on his way.
The Miz and The Rock worked well in the limited time they had together leading up to WrestleMania 27, especially when The Miz dressed up like The Rock and came out to his music.
The Miz was poorly booked during his championship reign, but with a prolonged program with The Rock, he would have had the chance to get over as a huge heel.
Add in the fact that The Miz has been mimicking Rock promos going back to his Real World days and it's safe to say that this feud could have been highly entertaining.
Randy Orton and The Rock have a little bit of history.
Back at WrestleMania XX The Rock came back to help out his buddy Mick Foley and the Rock 'n' Sock Connection was reborn.
The Rock and Foley took on Evolution which was led at that point by none other than Randy Orton, who secured the win for his team in the match.
To this date The Rock has yet to compete in another match, officially.
Randy Orton is seen as the No. 1B guy in the WWE right now and some would argue he's even more over than Cena.
These two could put on a show and it would help elevate Orton to heights he has never seen before.
It could even be a 'Loser Gets His Wild Tattoo Removed Match'...kidding.
CM Punk is a fabulous worker both on the mic and in the ring.
He finally finished a long program with Randy Orton where it seemed like Punk was pinned by Orton 20 times.
Punk is one of the top heels in the company and could certainly match The Rock promo for promo.
And to add more fuel to the fire, CM Punk and the New Nexus basically stole the old Nation of Domination pose where everyone points their fist to the sky.
While the match itself wouldn't be very good, the promos leading up to it would have been incredible.
On Raw, Vince McMahon came out and wished The Rock a happy birthday and played a video package of some greatest hits from The Rock's life.
What if he had come out and called The Rock selfish for using the WWE to springboard his acting career?
What if McMahon told The Rock that he "owned" the naming rights to 'The Rock' and he couldn't use it anymore?
There are few better than the evil and maniacal Mr. McMahon (the character) and watching The Rock layeth the smacketh down all over the boss's candy-ass would have been classic.
Two of the biggest stars to ever step into the squared circle.
Both of these superstars will not be wrestling on a regular basis anymore and this could have been a classic match for the both of them to go out on.
Even though the two main events for WrestleMania 28 may end up being Cena-Rock and HHH-Taker, WWE could have easily flipped the two and gave us equally incredible matches with Cena-Taker and HHH-Rock.
At least there's a good chance we'll see them all on the grandest stage next April.
Talk about ICON vs ICON.
The Rock vs Shawn Michaels
I can barely keep my composure writing the rest of this article because of the goosebumps.
I may be partial because HBK is far and away my favorite sports entertainer of all time but this match would have sold one zillion pay-per-view buys.
These two could have put on a match that would be sold on DVD to anyone thinking about becoming a professional wrestler.
This match of course had no chance of materializing because of Shawn's retirement in 2009.
HBK has too much respect for The Undertaker to come back. Shawn gave Taker his word that he would never wrestle again after losing his 'Streak vs Retirement' match at WrestleMania 26 and I respect that.
Come to think of it, speaking of streaks...
All reports lead to The Undertaker giving us one more WrestleMania moment.
He stands at 19-0 and one would think he would get to 20 wins and call it quits. Year after year The Undertaker gives us a performance we will never forget.
After back to back victories over Shawn Michaels it was hard to see Taker giving another stellar performance on the grandest stage.
Whether it was due to a weak lineup or whatever other excuse you can think of, The Undertaker-Triple H match at WrestleMania 27 was the most exciting match on the card.
The match had us on the edge of our seats throughout. Undertaker gave us his usual move-set, including his epic dive over the top rope.
We all expect The Undertaker to win at WrestleMania but when Triple H tombstoned The Undertaker and pinned him with his own patented arms crossed, hair tossed back, tongue out combination, you had to think just for a split-second, the streak was in jeopardy.
The Rock, in his home town of Miami, with all of the odds stacked against The Undertaker, would at least start an argument towards why The Undertaker could finish at 19-1.
If this match isn't enough to get your blood pumping, dear God I can't imagine if this next scenario had played out...
Stone Cold Steve Austin
It will be nine years since their final encounter at WrestleMania XIX.
There are approximately 75,000 seats at Sun Life Stadium, site of WrestleMania 28 and let me tell you, that's not nearly enough.
One could argue that there would be no WWE today if it weren't for the rivalry these two had in the late 1990s and into the 2000s.
They are two of the biggest, most recognizable stars in the history of professional wrestling.
I could go on forever about how incredible this match would be, but with Austin's history of injuries it's safe to say these two have probably had their final match together.
Then again in the WWE, never say never.
Next year marks the ten year anniversary of Austin's final match and it wouldn't surprise me if the WWE makes him an offer he can't refuse.
Even after plowing through all of these 'could have beens' I think the WWE got it right...
For me personally sometimes it's nice to live in the past of the WWE, when they were the most fun to watch and had the most star power.
Just because I was more of a fan of the Attitude/DX era than the current product, that shouldn't dictate the main event of the next WrestleMania.
The Rock is one of the unique superstars who can draw all of his older fans from when he was winning WWE Championships and also draw the new fans who know him from movies but may not have seen him wrestle.
Combining that with John Cena who is, love him or hate him, the biggest merchandise selling, charity working, most recognizable face in the business, is why the WWE took the chance to book the main event one year in advance.
Cena and Rock are going to put butts in the seats and make millions all over the world press the "Buy" button on their PPV HD channel, whether you are a six-year-old begging your parents or someone like me who has already come to grips with being $60 lighter in the wallet come April 1, 2012.
WrestleMania 28 will be a night where generations collide.
John Cena vs The Rock
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