The real money match main event is The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title in my book. They are the two biggest stars Vince has access to, and they both transcend WWE in ways that no other superstar can - including John Cena. Both men are huge names with a lot of 'name real estate' behind them that spans further than WWE's property normally can.
While post-Mania plans really don't benefit from a Rock/Lesnar showdown as both men will likely be gone after the event, there is no debating that it is the biggest possible main event WWE can table right now.
With that said however, Cena is the top full time star and needs to be also showcased in the main event spotlight on the big stage. Most people on here hate it, and that's fine, but the facts are the facts that Cena is THE guy in WWE. To me, it's a simple equation for what will make this Mania beat last year's record breaking buy rate.
Rock + Lesnar + Cena + WWE Title = $$$
Just break it down...
Rock is the biggest star of the three, and his appearances on WWE TV since returning have proved he moves the needle. His also an A list movie star, so that pretty much speaks for itself. Putting the WWE Title on him leading into Wrestlemania makes WWE more mainstream than ever before (and we all know that's what Vince is looking for). It's really pretty simple; when Rock's on the show, he is the main attraction - as he should be.
Lesnar is also a household name, but for different reasons. He's one bad mother fucker who brings a shit load of credibility to the table. It's as simple as looking at it with a dollars and cents lense. Lesnar was a major investment for Vince, and has proven to move the needle as well in his handful of appearances and matches. He's proved himself inside of the WWE ring during his first run with the company and furthered built his worth in UFC by winning the heavyweight title actually fighting. Not showcasing your biggest investment in the main event of the biggest show just seems silly to me. The only worry with Lesnar is that Triple H is selfish and wants his win back...which just seems absurd and I just HAVE to think that he knows better than to do that.
And as mentioned above, Cena is the golden boy and needs to be shown in the spotlight. Not much more really needs to be said to prove Cena's case.
The recipe is simple, and if I were to bet on it, I'd say Vince is looking at the money and knows this is how it has to go - a triple threat. It puts all their biggest guys at the top of the card on the biggest show of the year, in a match that makes fans and non-regular fans alike very interested, and would without a doubt shatter all buyrate records.
Seems like a no brainer to me.
I personally feel that Rock vs Lesanr would only be a big deal among smarks and old fair weathered fans from the Ruthless Aggression and Attitude Eras (and even that is questionable). Plus, the match smells like Lesnar/Goldberg.
Don't get me wrong, you obviously influenced alot of people with your post due to the fact that Rock/Lesnar just took the lead in the poll, but I just feel that John Cena vs The Undertaker
will have a more epic feel than any other possible match you can put on right now and that includes the "dream match" between CM Punk and Stone Cold Steve Austin (lol)
I am 100% sure that no matter what the outcome is for Cena/Taker, it will DEFINITELY change the landscape of the WWE. That's how big it is. I think most will realize it after the 2014 Royal Rumble when Vince will have to market his ass off for the 30th installment of this show. Hell, Mania 30 might be Vince's last hurrah with being extremely hands on with the company before slowly transitioning his power all to HHH and Stephanie.
I may be completely wrong but I have a hard time in believing that today's average wrestling fan (a kid or preteen who was drawn to the product likely due to John Cena) is clamoring for a match between two men who have not been around on a consistent basis since ten years ago. I think most of them would be okay with it, but not as emotionally invested like the would for a match between John Cena and The Undertaker. I even think most fans here would be more emotionally invested in a match between John Cena and The Undertaker.
Oh yeah, have any of you realized that ever since Cena became a perennial main event talent in 2005/2006, that he and The Undertaker almost never interact? Sure they had a six minute singles match on Raw that ended in a No Contest, and maybe two or three tag matches where they were both on the same team, maybe a different team twice. It makes me wonder if they are being very calculating right now. Taker having rematches at Mania makes me wonder even more if the plan has always been to have them face off towards the end of Taker's career, it's like he had this long series with DX at mania because Cena is the only threat left and they do not want to do the match yet. Because Taker is not done yet. Mania's 26, 27, and this year would have been a good time to do it. They are making us wait.