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The Rock Vs John Cena Feud (Did it live up as it was hyped?)

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Re: The Rock Vs John Cena Feud (Did it live up as it was hyped?)

It did for me. Their Wrestlemania 28 match was the biggest of this decade and one of my favorites. The Rock returning to WWE and immediately calling out Cena was awesome. It would've been a crime had he returned and not acknowledged him on that night.
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Re: The Rock Vs John Cena Feud (Did it live up as it was hyped?)

I can't understate how MASSIVE it was at the time. Especially the first time around. I had a very old, short lived account on this website those 7 years ago and the Cena v Rock feud dominated. It wasn't an even split but far more than a few signatures were devoted to either stanning the Rock or people who became Cena fans because they thought the Rock's red carpet treatment shit on the rest of the roster.

It felt like a big, big deal and the shocking result and the aftermath with Lesnar returning too - wrestling actually hasn't felt that huge since. The matches themselves I also thought were pretty good. The 28 match got the loudest pop I've ever heard just for a match starting bell
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Re: The Rock Vs John Cena Feud (Did it live up as it was hyped?)

The first feud yes, but the second in a lifetime match was garbage.

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First match was as close to perfect that you can get, the second, whilst a good idea in theory just had no heat.

I was never a huge Cena fan but looking back, it feels like he got a raw deal in that feud, emasculated for a year, loses & then gets his win a year too late when no one cared.
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Re: The Rock Vs John Cena Feud (Did it live up as it was hyped?)

2011-12 was okay. Some decent promos and was surreal to see Rock vs. Cena in the ring together in a match.

The following year? Garbage. Could have done without it.
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Re: The Rock Vs John Cena Feud (Did it live up as it was hyped?)

Not really. Cena couldn't get rock on wrestling terms so he kept breaking kayfabe to try and humiliate him and it got old after a while. Doesn't help that we knew the big thing all along was to get Cena over cuz he clearly didn't have enough help
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Re: The Rock Vs John Cena Feud (Did it live up as it was hyped?)

Yeah like others said the first time it happened it was great. Massive moment and worked to perfection.

The second time wasn’t good at all. You can’t promote a match as ‘once in a lifetime’ and then book it again the following year . Fuck me if you’re gonna do that at least give it a few years.
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Re: The Rock Vs John Cena Feud (Did it live up as it was hyped?)

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Yeah like others said the first time it happened it was great. Massive moment and worked to perfection.

The second time wasn’t good at all. You can’t promote a match as ‘once in a lifetime’ and then book it again the following year . Fuck me if you’re gonna do that at least give it a few years.
In kayfabe, it technically was "once in a lifetime" - it was booked a year in advance.

Then Rock won the title and Cena won the Rumble and it ended up them facing eachother again.

Silly, I know as we all pretty much knew they were going to face eachother a year down the line once Rock won at WM28.
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