Now that the excitement from Wrestlemania XXVIII has cooled off and I have a clear head, I am now trying to figure out what Rock winning at Wrestlemania accomplished. Some people say that The Rock won because he needed his Wrestlemania moment (he never won the main event of Mania until this year), or that having Cena lose would give him "character developmen t" aka turn heel in smarkanese (not that it is needed), or to send the fans home happy.
Even as a Cena fan I can understand why the older fans were so happy to see The Rock beat him. But at the same time, I am alot like Vince Mcmahon in the fact that I am a long term thinker, which makes me even more shocked that he would have Rock go over. If Cena lost to a legend like the Undertaker, HHH, or a returning HBK it would be more understandable because these are men that would have stayed around long enough after Mania on a full time basis and Cena would have eventually got his redemption. Anything Rock does after this is not going to top his year long feud with Cena, not even a rematch (which would ruin the whole "Once in a Lifetime" moniker and making it less special). If you feud Rock with anybody else it will not have the level of heat that his feud with Cena had. Even a WWE title reign is not going to do anything but stroke Dwayne's penis. A feud with Lesnar does not make sense. A feud with Punk would seem pretty lame due to the fact that CM Punk does not have any motive when it comes to The Rock and the novelty of his worked shoots wore off during his feud with HHH last fall. Rock would have been pretty well off just losing to Cena and going away until the 2013 Hall of Fame Ceremony. He still would have gotten a fat Mania check, on last time in the spotlight, and he is a permanent movie star now anyway.
The loss did not hurt Cena, as a matter of fact I would have been okay with Cena losing if the feud did not end at Wrestlemania and The Rock actually stayed around longer. I know they may be keeping him off TV to keep him from getting stale (his returns would be anticlimactic like Austin's if he came back too much), but it really doesn't do the current product any justice. I am not bashing Rock (loved him during the AE and only the AE), I am just bashing the way the feud ended. In my opinion it benefits the WWE long term if Cena won. How am I going to believe that Cena can be a threat to the streak when he just got owned by a past his prime (in terms of his era) former wrestler turned full time actor on the grandest stage of the industry?
The Rock is the most electrifying man in ALL of entertainment, that is damn true.
That does not justify having him beat the current face of the WWE (whether you like it or not) in their one and only match. I like Rock, but as a wrestling fan I care more about the WWE than I do Hollywood.