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Why are you complaining about Rock vs. Cena 2: Inside The Wheelhouse

Lately I have had an easier time understanding my girlfriend then I have had understanding the “average wrestling fan.” No don’t get me wrong here that’s a great thing…especially if my girlfriend is reading this. But that’s not the point here…the point I am trying to make is that I don’t understand The Rock vs. John Cena II backlash.

The night after WrestleMania 27, wrestling fans around the world soiled themselves over the announcement that we would get The Rock vs. John Cena at WrestleMania 28. It was quite possibly the last dream match that wrestling fans wanted to see at that time and knew that out of all the potential dream matches (*cough* Punk vs. Austin *cough*), this was one that was the most likely. It happened and when it got closer to the actual match itself, we complained.

I’ll admit the buildup to The Rock vs. John Cena for WrestleMania 28 wasn’t that good and had more “okay moments” then “great moments.” But still wrestling fans were pumped for the actual match itself in Miami, Florida. Then the match happened and we as wrestling fans of course, complained.

Was the match a “5-star match?” No.

Did The Rock look winded at times? Yes.

Did John Cena mess up a couple spots? Yes.

But were you excited to watch the match that it actually took you back to your days as a “young” wrestling fan? Hell yes.

The match had emotion, it had excitement and to steal a line from The Rock, it had electricity in the air. Wrestling fans around the globe knew that were watching something special that night and it had the historic feel to it. Those moments don’t come around too much and while it wasn’t an amazing match I don’t know why people immediately complain about it happening again.

One of my favorite arguments from wrestling fans is that they complain that the WWE called it a “Once in a Lifetime” match and that it would never happen again. First off, when did wrestling fans take the WWE’s word as gospel and of course they wanted you to believe that because they wanted you to know you were seeing something special…which in my opinion, you still did. Have we ever been known to take what people in the wrestling world say as gospel?

Not to get sidetracked here but for instance: remember when Bruno Sammartino said he would never go into the WWE Hall-of-Fame? Or how about when Bret Hart said he would never return to the WWE or forgive Shawn Michaels? And how about Brock Lesnar saying he would never return to professional wrestling, especially the WWE?

You never say never in the world of professional wrestling and the WWE so wrestling fans need to stop with the “but they said it was a once in a lifetime” deal. You really sound ridiculous by saying that. That’s like thinking Ric Flair would never wrestling again, stop it.

In my opinion or my “silver lining,” I only think Rock/Cena II can only go “up” from here. I believe there will be a better build to the match and that come April 7th in MetLife Stadium we will see a better match. Say what you will about them but The Rock & John Cena are two of the best “work horses” in professional wrestling and I have a feeling they will make up for whatever “bad taste” you have in your mouth from their WrestleMania 28 encounter.

So stop you’re complaining, enjoy what’s going on and watch two of the greatest wrestlers of our era perform.

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