WrestleMania 29 is a week away and the main-event seems more predictable than ever. John Cena is expected to win the WWE championship and get his win back from The Rock. But is that truly the right result?
This was a much easier debate last year because nobody expected The Rock to stick around. Yet here we are going into WrestleMania and The Rock doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Not only will he have wrestled more matches after WrestleMania than he did in 2012, he is booked for Extreme Rules. So the argument about putting Cena over since The Rock is leaving is not nearly as easy as it was last year.
Does John Cena even need the belt? Cena has gone quite awhile since entering WWE rings with the championship belt around his waist. Quite frankly I don’t think it has made even a tiny difference. The haters still hate him and think he is over-pushed while his fans are just as united as ever behind their hero. He isn’t even the sole face of the company at this point. I think Cena wouldn’t be hurt a bit if he continued into 2013 without the title.
The biggest argument in Cena’s defense is that fans are already tired of a part-time WWE champion. I disagree and I think a part-time champion can be a very good thing. That said, there is still an adjustment period that needs to take place because fan expectations are much different than they were when I was a kid and I was lucky to see Bob Backlund wrestle on television once a month. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it but I’ll gladly acknowledge that plenty of people do.
But is it worth the small price of having a part-time champion when your champion is The Rock? The Rock is a true A-list major movie star. This isn’t Mr. Nanny we’re talking about here. This is a guy that leads big action films and is co-starring with the most recognizable movie stars in the world. Nobody in pro wrestling will ever get as much media attention as this guy gets. So what you don’t have the champ on RAW every week, who cares when he is on every major media outlet in America acknowledged as the WWE champion. I think it is a very small price you pay for free media.
You also have to factor in the crowd. This is going to be a heavily influenced pro-Rock crowd. The northeast notoriously hates Cena and you are talking about a stadium filled more than half with anti-Cena fans. Is the final scene you want on your WrestleMania event John Cena getting booed out of the building when he has his big moment? There is something to be said for that.
I think when all is said and done you keep the belt on The Rock. The Rock is going away after Extreme Rules for a little while. I think at that point you put the belt on someone else whether it is a Dolph Ziggler, CM Punk, or Randy Orton. Give someone else the rub of beating The Rock. Cena doesn’t need it. Cena went a long time before he got his win back over CM Punk. Why does he have to get his win back in a year? Does it really matter?
Do I think Rock retains? Quite honestly I do and I think it is the best move to make at this point. Would it surprise me to see him lose? Not at all because there aren’t many people expecting to see Cena lose twice in a row. Yet I think the best return on investment on The Rock is to give him the win at 29.