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WWE WrestleMania 28 Predictions – John Cena Vs. The Rock

John Cena vs. The RockAs a result of the excitement of the biggest WrestleMania event of the last three decades, I have decided to expand preview coverage to individual key matchups. Today I preview and offer predictions on the main-event, John Cena vs. The Rock.

Let’s not kid ourselves, this is the clear main-event of the pay per view. Championship match or not, this is the one that as the old timers would say, “puts the a&$es in the seats.” The Rock will return to the ring and wrestle his first singles match in a little less than nine years when he goes one and one with the face of the WWE, John Cena.

[adinserter block=”2″]In the ring, this has the potential to be a really fun match. I don’t know if I would go as far as to compare it to Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock from WrestleMania X8, but the potential is there. The big difference in this one is that you had the fans split on Hogan and The Rock whereas in Miami, I’d guess they will be 75-25 in favor of the People’s Champion.

The Rock has had his hits and misses in the ring. He really hit his stride towards the end of his last singles run in 2003 in my opinion. He really seemed to diversify his in-ring game at that time, varying from his usual blue print of wrestling match. My hunch is that The Rock will stick strictly with his blue print here, being that the WWE Universe will actually prefer the “greatest hits” as opposed to something new (think about seeing your favorite classic bands and how you run to the bathrooms when they play the new songs.)

Cena has been hit and miss as well at WrestleMania. His last match with The Miz may be the worst of his WrestleMania run. I don’t necessarily remember anything great he has done at WrestleMania, but he has had some decent matches. My guess here is that he will be looking to rebound from a horrific performance last year and put on a match for the ages.

[adinserter block=”1″]Who wins? Do you give the fans the winner they want to see or do you do what is right for business? Neither guy has ever appeared to have a problem putting other guys over so I can’t imagine that it would be an issue politically. I could easily see a case where you have a heel (a new foe for Cena) run in and cost Cena the match, giving The Rock the win, and setting up future business. There are definitely some clever possibilities to keeping everyone happy and doing what is right for business.

Prediction: The Rock pins John Cena. I can’t imagine giving the fans anything else, unless Cena turns heel. I don’t see that happening so I’ll stick with a win for Dwayne Johnson in Miami.

Check out John Cena on Jimmy Traina’s CNNSI.com Hot Clicks podcast.

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  1. I was reading the Portraits in Wrestling History series last week and it was pointed out that, prior to Austin's heel turn he had been seed talking about how he "needed" to win, how he "had" to win. This tickled in my brain as Cena was talking about Having to win on Raw this week- I don't expect Cena to go full-on full time heel, but I wouldn't be shocked to see him "snap" during the match- which could lead to some interesting redeption storyline ideas over the next few months

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