WWE WrestleMania XXIX: 4 Reasons John Cena Will Gain Redemption
John Cena is poised to reclaim the WWE Championship for the first time in over a year and a half. He's seeking redemption, and he will find it at WrestleMania XXIX.
WWE fans, to be sure, will have mixed feelings about his return to the pinnacle of the company. Cena needs to redeem for a year in which he wasn't winning title matches—a year when his personal issues made headlines and he lost to The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII.
This year will be different. Cena will gain his redemption. Here are four reasons why.
4. Cena Has Not Held the WWE Championship in over a Year
Actually, it's been more like a year and a half.
Cena lost the WWE Championship on October 2, 2011. He did not lose to CM Punk, as many assume. He lost to Alberto Del Rio.
Since that night, nearly 18 months ago, Cena has been in and lost big match after big match. That includes his WrestleMania match against The Rock last year.
That said, Cena has never really stopped being the face (both literally and figuratively) of the WWE.
His run of bad luck will change this Sunday. Cena hasn't held the gold in far too long for someone in his position in the company. His time is now.
3. 2013 Is the Year of Cena
2013 is the Year of Cena—or so it has been proclaimed by Cena himself.
2012 was supposedly a "bad" year for Cena, despite the fact he picked up 155 wins, seven draws and 14 losses, which is an 88.1 percent winning percentage.
That was actually his second best year ever, behind only 2005, when Cena won 92.2 percent of his matches.
This year, Cena so far has 38 wins, no draws and only one loss (against The Shield at Elimination Chamber). He's winning 97.4 percent of his matches. If he keeps this up, 2013 will be his best year yet.
Either way, the stats show that 2012 was hardly a bad year for Cena. He was still in many of the main event matches at pay-per-views, and still started and ended almost every Raw.
Regardless, without winning the WWE Championship, 2012 marks the first time John Cena did not hold either the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship in a calender year since 2004 (he had yet to hold a world title at that time).
Cena needs a top title. He won't rest until he has one.
2. Possible Cena Heel Turn
Is there any one topic that gets the wrestling community more in an uproar than a Cena heel turn?
No, there isn't.
Cena has shown signs of turning heel. He's desperate, he's angry and he's seemingly willing to do anything to beat The Rock.
Turning Cena heel at WrestleMania would probably lessen the chorus of boos that the MetLife Stadium crowd will likely shower Cena in if and when he defeats The Rock to win his 11th WWE Championship.
Turning Cena heel will also keep him relevant to more hardcore fans and generate a buzz around Raw for weeks if not months to come.
In terms of WrestleMania XXIX, turning heel may well free Cena from any moral objections to winning in a less-than-honest way. If that happens, Cena may yet gain his redemption on Sunday.
1. If Cena Wins, Thrice in a Lifetime Is Guaranteed to Happen
Cena and The Rock broke records last year with pay-per-view buys. If Cena and Rock do it again this year—if and when Cena wins—it will only be a matter of time before a rubber match is scheduled.
The WWE booked the rematch as early as fall of 2012. If WrestleMania XXIX has yet another record-breaking (or close to it) buyrate, the WWE may opt to "keep things simple" yet again.
If The Rock wins, he's up 2-0 on Cena and the feud would likely be over. John Cena will never get three wins over Rock at WrestleMania. Therefore, Cena will likely defeat The Rock so that the series can be even.
That means "Thrice in a Lifetime" will be a reality.
The match could occur at a SummerSlam event, but would likely headline WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans if the WWE wanted to do it. Extreme Rules is the likely site of Rock vs. Cena III, but who can really say?
Cena will gain redemption, and he'll face The Rock again.
All stats courtesy WrestlingData.com