According to a shocking report, the planned main-event between The Rock vs. John Cena is in jeopardy. Reports indicate there is a powerful voce inside Titan Towers lobbying to cancel one of the biggest matches in WWE history.
Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer broke the story on a very newsworthy podcast on his F4WOnline.com website. Meltzer says that there is one very influential voice trying to get the John Cena vs. The Rock match scrapped entirely off of WrestleMania 28. According to Meltz, the idea of canceling the match is not as inconceivable as you may think.
[adinserter block=”2″]Meltzer says that the argument against the match is that it is counterproductive to the new direction of the WWE and future plans. The argument is that the match sets John Cena up as a massive heel and it would hurt the company going forward to have their biggest babyface booed in front of 68,000 fans on what could be the biggest WrestleMania match of all time.
Meltzer does not name the “powerful voice” (which drives me crazy to no end sometimes the way he holds back news on a website you have to pay $11 to read, but I get it) but I think we can all figure this one out in about two seconds. It would make sense to believe that Triple H would be that influential voice. He is expected to take over the company at some point and if his future plan is to run with Cena as a major babyface star, it would make sense for him to voice his concern.
Although I am sure it has nothing to do with reports over the years regarding his jealousy towards The Rock right?
Meltzer also brought up the finish. I don’t think the finish is really that big of a deal. I think the obvious answer here is John Cena goes over. The Rock has never been a selfish guy and probably put more guys over than he should have during his run as a WWE superstar. On the other hand, wouldn’t it make sense to put Dwayne Johnson over and give him the WWE championship, even if only for a month? To me, I don’t think you can go wrong with either finish, but the “powerful voice” in Titan Towers sees it differently.
The thought of scrapping such a money maker is almost mind boggling to me. I know very little about SEC regulations but I can’t imagine a WWE shareholder not losing his or her mind if they woke up one day to read that the WWE canceled The Rock vs. John Cena match because it conflicted with future plans. Now granted matches are always subject to change and with an injury, could change in a second. However, just scrapping the match in favor of something else is going to be a very tough sell to shareholders.
[adinserter block=”1″]This all goes back to the day after The Rock vs. Cena was announced. The majority of fans were excited but skeptics wondered whether the WWE was locking in on a main event too early. What if someone else got hot? What if plans changed? These are all legitimate questions but I think once you announce something as massive as The Rock wrestling at WrestleMania, you have to stick with it barring an injury.
Keep in mind that the match has not changed, but the chatter is there.
If this is true and I have no reason to believe it isn’t (Meltzer is rarely wrong on pro wrestling news, MMA news is another story), it really makes you wonder about Triple H’s judgment going forward. I can understand where he is coming from but if he is willing to throw away a blockbuster money match like this because he is worried about Cena being booed, you really have to worry about the financial stability of the company as a fan, but even more so as a WWE stockholder. Again, there is no confirmation at all this is Triple H, just a hunch on my part. Whether it is Triple H, Michael Hayes, Kevin Dunn, or Stephanie McMahon, the lack of business sense here is just shocking.
And oh yeah, if you are that worried your top babyface being booed well then maybe he shouldn’t be your top babyface. Just a thought.
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