Three-and-a-half months ago, John Cena and The Rock announced that in one year they would be facing off at WrestleMania 28. Announcing a match of that caliber that far in advance was an unprecedented and bold move by WWE.
After the match was announced, John Cena and The Rock just went their separate ways, agreeing to meet up again at WrestleMania. John Cena wrestles every week, while The Rock does his Hollywood gig.
But as of now, July 2011, who is the bigger star in the world of pro wrestling, The Rock or John Cena?
John Cena is the most popular wrestler in the world today, period. You can be a Cena hater or a Cena fanatic, it doesn't change the fact that John Cena is the Hulk Hogan of today. Even with the huge CM Punk storyline going, getting Punk mainstream media attention, John Cena is still John Cena, meaning he is clearly the most popular wrestler in the world.
The Rock is more of the legend. Sure, he is returning for a match and presumably a few appearances before then (he already said he'll be at Survivor Series this November), but he is not a full-time wrestler.
Despite not being on RAW every week, or really any week for that matter, is The Rock iconic enough to be a bigger star than John Cena simply by posting some replies to Cena on Twitter and being mentioned every other week in promos?
No. It's not the answer many above-PG-age WWE fans want to hear, but John Cena is bigger than The Rock right now in pro wrestling. And as long as The Rock is only appearing a few times a year on special occasions, he will never dethrone John Cena as the top dog in WWE.
Remember this is a matter of who the bigger star is right now, not who was bigger in their respective primes. That would be a different argument, and one that The Rock would probably win.
But right now, despite The Rock trying to stay involved on Twitter, John Cena is the bigger name in pro wrestling.