I was originally going to save this article until the actual match drew closer. However, with all the Rock vs. Cena talk going on, I decided that it was more important to get my two cents in before everyone else did.
Come WrestleMania 28, John Cena MUST defeat The Rock.
There is no question that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is one of the best wrestlers of all time, and he could have been THE best wrestler that ever stepped in the ring.
He was the face of the WWE during the height of wrestling popularity. With Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock led the WWE against WCW in the Monday Night Wrestling Wars, which was eventually won when Vince McMahon purchased WCW from Ted Turner.
Then in 2003, at the ripe old age of 31, The Rock decided that instead of continuing on to become the greatest ever, he would start a movie career.
Not that anyone could blame him. Sure, it is easier to be in movies than the 300-plus-nights-per-year commitment that is required in the WWE. The money is also better, not to mention not getting various objects slammed into various parts of your body on a nightly basis.
But as The Rock moved on, so did the WWE.
In 2002, John Cena joined the WWE, and most people thought that he was going to have a very short career. With a limited skill set, and a gimmick that had him as a white rapper, most people simply could not get behind him.
The one person that could get behind Cena, and did, was Vince McMahon.
If you look at the characters that Vince McMahon has created over the years, there is little question that he knows how to make someone a Superstar. Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, The Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, Triple H—the list goes on and on.
What McMahon found with Cena was something that he knew would bring in a lot of money. Kids.
In the 1980s, when Wrestling first went main stream (thanks to McMahon), Vince created a character that kids all over the world would love. Hulk Hogan.
You had the Training, Prayers and Vitamins (the anthem of Hulkamania), you had the Red and Yellow, you had the moustache that was believed to give Hogan some type of power. Vince put all the "bad guys" against Hogan, and Hogan knocked them down.
No matter how bad Hogan was being beaten, or how bad the odds were against him, when the people started chanting "Hogan, Hogan," he would Hulk up, and find a way to win the match.
John Cena is today's Hulk Hogan.
Replace the red and yellow with the bright colors Cena wears, and there is no difference. Replace the Training, Prayers and Vitamins with Hustle, Loyalty and Respect.
The biggest thing that Hogan and Cena have in common is a limited in-ring skill set, but the ability on the mic to get the crowd to give what ever reaction they want them to.
As much as Hogan meant to the WWE in the '80s, Cena means to the WWE now.
At WrestleMania, The Rock returns to the WWE to give the fans what they have been dying to see. The dream match of him vs. John Cena.
Now, those that hate Cena are dying to see the Rock tear Cena limb from limb. Everyone is anxious to see the People's Elbow and Cena get pinned for the three-count.
Though many people would LOVE to see that, it is the WORST thing that could happen to the WWE.
Not only is Cena the face of the company, he is the future of the company as well. While the Rock was hot, he always had competition with Triple H, Stone Cold, Undertaker, Michaels and a variety of other wrestlers.
While it may be the fault of the WWE that they have not pushed anyone else to that level with Cena (though it looks like CM Punk may be headed in that direction), right now Cena is all the WWE has.
For the Rock to defeat Cena at WrestleMania, it would mean that a person that does not wrestle anymore is better than the face of the company.
And THAT would be a PR nightmare. There would be no way for the WWE to continue on into the future with the person carrying the torch to lose to the person that simply did not, and does not want to carry it.
The only way that the WWE would be able to survive this type of nightmare would be if the Rock were to decide to come back to be a full-time wrestler. And that simply isn't going to happen.
For those of you that want to cheer for the Rock, cheer for him to come back and help restore the WWE to what it was before he left. If he is not going to do that, then he needs to pass, or not take, the torch from Cena.
The WWE and the WWE Universe deserve better.