A Look at The Rock's History at WrestleMania Through the Years
The Rock is undoubtedly one of the greatest performers in the history of the WWE, and his matches at WrestleMania are a big part of that legacy.
The Rock will be defending his WWE championship against John Cena at WrestleMania 29 in a match where there is not only a title on the line, but the pride of both men.
John Cena lost last year and has vowed to defeat The Rock and prove to himself and the world that he can do it. The storyline is two years in the making and it will finally reach a boiling point on Sunday.
But this is not Rocky's first time in the spotlight. The Rock has a long history dating back to WrestleMania 13, although his win-loss record might not be as impressive as you might think.
The Rock is 5-4 at WrestleMania, and if speculation about Cena winning ends up becoming a reality, then he could end up at an even 5-5, but the wins and losses are not what is important.
It is the quality of his performances that matter, and The Rock's matches are usually second to none. His epic feud with Stone Cold at WrestleMania spanned five years, with three matches taking place in that time.
Dwayne Johnson is someone who has been successful at just about everything he has ever done because he works his ass off to make sure it happens, so expect him to leave it all in the ring on Sunday.
But, before we watch The Rock and Cena duke it out again, let's take a trip down memory lane and look at The Rock's complete history at WrestleMania throughout the years.
The fresh-faced Rocky Maivia was looking to take the WWE by storm when he first debuted, and WWE seemed happy to give him the chance.
Rocky made his WrestleMania debut at WM13, defending his Intercontinental title against The Sultan, who was actually his real-life cousin Rikishi under a strange mask.
The Sultan has Bob Backlund and The Iron Sheik in his corner, but it wasn't enough to keep down Rocky.
The following year we saw The Rock, now firmly in the Nation of Domination, face off against UFC great Ken Shamrock in another match for the IC title.
The stipulation in the match was that if The Rock got disqualified he could lose the title, but in a twist fans saw Rocky actually retain by DQ.
This put Rock at a 2-0 win record for Mania and set him on a course to greatness.
By his third WrestleMania The Rock was main eventing the whole show against a man who would go on to become Rocky's greatest rival, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The Rock suffered his first loss at WrestleMania at the hands of The Rattlesnake, and in the process he lost his coveted WWE championship.
The Rock and Stone Cold have a long history at WrestleMania, and this was just the first step in that journey.
The Rock found himself in the main event of WrestleMania yet again when he faced the WWE champion, Triple H, the Big Show and Mick Foley in a four-way elimination match for the championship.
The Rock was unsuccessful for the second year in a row at the big event, putting him at a 2-2 record.
All four of these men were at the top of their game at this point in their careers, and it comes across in the match they put on for the fans.
WrestleMania 17 saw The Rock face Stone Cold in the main event for the WWE championship for the second time in three years.
Once again, Rocky came up short against the more seasoned Austin, losing his title to him for the second time.
Rocky hit a 2-3 record at this point, and more importantly he was 0-2 against Austin at Mania, something he was focused on fixing.
The Rock had been around less than seven years when WrestleMania 18 rolled around, but he had already cemented himself as one of the greatest of all time.
What better opponent for Rocky than another legend in the business than Hulk Hogan. The dream match started with Hogan as a heel as a member of the New World Order (NWO), but the fans quickly got behind Hulk, and Rocky knew it was going to be a special match.
In the end, we saw Hogan's NWO brethren turn on Hogan following a hand shake of respect with The Rock, where The Rock had defeated The Hulkster to even out his WrestleMania record at 3-3
The third WrestleMania match between The Rock and Austin took place at WrestleMania XIX, and this time things went a little differently.
The Rock finally defeated Stone Cold on the grandest stage of them all, and while there was no title on the line, the victory was one The Rock needed to truly be known as one of the best of all time.
Austin and The Rock always managed to have great matches, and this night was no exception.
The 20th anniversary of WrestleMania saw The Rock team up with Mick Foley to take on Evolution in a 3-on-2 handicap match.
Triple H had his own match that night, so it was up to Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista to take on the two legends.
Unfortunately for Rocky, Foley took the fall for the team, putting The Rock at an even 4-4 record at WrestleMania.
The Rock shifted gears and focused on acting at this point, and it wasn't until WrestleMania 27 that The Rock would have a major role at the event again.
The Rock served as host for the 27th WrestleMania, but he had a major impact in the outcome of the main event despite a reduced role.
The Miz was defending his WWE championship against John Cena that night, and after a double countout it looked like The Miz was in the clear.
The Rock came down and used the power nobody knew he had that night to restart the match, but instead of letting it play out, he gave Cena a Rock Bottom and cost him the WWE title.
This set in motion a two-year feud that will culminate in the main event of WrestleMania 29 this Sunday.
The Rock's second match back after seven years was in one of the main events on the biggest night of the year against John Cena.
These two had decided to have this match a year earlier, the night after WrestleMania 27, and it was finally going to come to a head.
John Cena was the heavy favorite to win, with some citing Rocky passing the torch to Cena as a reason to believe so.
When The Rock popped up and hit Cena with a Rock Bottom and got the 1-2-3, it was like everything we thought we knew about wrestling changed.
For years Rocky's critics said he would never return, and he did. They said there was no way he would come back for one match and beat John Cena, but he did.
And they said there was no way he would ever be WWE champion again, but he is.
The Rock and WWE might be using each other to promote a movie and a PPV, but that does not mean Rocky is not one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the business.
His presence and participation can only help WWE in the long run, and I for one look forward to Sunday when he faces off against John Cena for a second time.
Take a look at John Cena's history at WrestleMania next.
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