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   November 23, 2014



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WrestleMania Predictions: The Rock vs John Cena
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


"'Once in a Lifetime' can happen twice, Rock. Let's do it again on Sunday," says John Cena. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea


Anybody remember last year's tag line for the main event at WrestleMania 28? "Once in a Lifetime?" Sure. So here we are about to see The Rock versus John Cena II, but this time with the WWE title on the line. How will WrestleMania 29 be different than last year? Our pundits consider the options.

MATTHEW BYER: This year's main event kind of leaves me cold being that the lead up to it has been so tepid compared to last year. Hopefully by the time this is published WWE will have made more of an effort to add some intrigue to the match. While both wrestlers will put in a game effort there has to be a concern with The Rock as he hasn't wrestled often and during Wrestlemania 28 could clearly be seen to be winded halfway through the match. Cena will undoubtedly win as The Rock likely has a busy movie schedule so the only unanswered question seems to be how much the fans will boo.

DALE PLUMMER: After the reception that Cena got in Washington, I just canít see WWE ending Wrestlemania with a new champ getting lustfully booed. It didn't happen last year, and it won't happen this year. Also, I don't think they want to be on the hook when the fans burn Met Life Stadium to the ground if Cena wins. Plus Rock just debuted the new belt; I donít think he'll be giving it up that fast. Also, word is Rock will be around for another month and will drop the WWE belt at Extreme Rules to ... a heel Randy Orton?

NOLAN HOWELL: The writing is on the wall for this one. What is most intriguing is how it will be done. John Cena will become the new WWE Champion, but will there be something fishy that gives him the strap? Perhaps some help from "Big Johnny" John Laurinaitis? Really, who knows? Cena will take the gold and we will see a slow burn to an "edgier" Cena.

JON WALDMAN: I've never looked forward to a 'Mania main event less. I have all the respect in the world for Cena and Rock, but come on -- this has been a foregone conclusion ever since the Rumble. My only hope is that Cena gets some good heels to work with coming out of 'Mania.


MATTHEW ASHER: The surprise appearance by Johnny Ace last week didn't happen simply for him to get Rock Bottomed on television. Ace will play some part in the decision of the Cena/Rock match. Rock will be in control towards the end after just Rock Bottoming Cena. As he prepares to deliver the People's Elbow, Johnny Ace shows up. What happens next depends if the ref is conscious or not. If the ref is knocked out, Ace will physically interrupt the match, hitting Rock with a foreign object, allowing Cena to pick up the tainted victory and possible heel turn. If the ref is aware, Ace's presence will simply distract Rock, allowing Cena to hit the AA or lock in the STF for the win. Either way, this could be a lot like WM X7 where Austin had said he was willing to do anything to regain the WWF title.

JAN MURPHY: I like Cena. With Rock coming and going and a part-time schedule, a Cena win makes more sense. It also creates the possibility of Rock-Cena III at WrestleMania 30, for all the marbles. Financially, it makes sense.

GREG OLIVER: On a radio show the other day, I lamented The Miz's fall from main event status. Was it just two years ago that it was The Miz against John Cena for the WWE title, with The Rock as the referee? If they had planned it better, I would have had The Miz holding the Money in the Bank briefcase for this moment, cashing it in on a beaten-up new champion to conclude 'Mania. What heat and notoriety that would garner for one of the few WWE superstars with the potential to go mainstream. From a wrestling standpoint, I'd love Dolph Ziggler to cash in the same way, but that won't happen here. Cena wins an epic battle. Rock shakes his hand.

MARTY GOLDSTEIN: I don't see any way for this to go other than Cena turns full heel and cheats to win. I know, I know, the merch sales...

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