Monday, April 1, 2013

Wrestlemania 28: The Joke Is On Us

Cena vs. Rock: Once in a Lifetime: Part 1
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

I'm going to start off by giving credit where credit is due.  My friend Adam actually inspired this blog.  Wrestlemania 28, which was held on April 1, 2012, had two tag lines last year.  The main event between the Rock and John Cena was billed as "Once in a Lifetime".  Clearly, that didn't last.  We're six days away from Wrestlemania 29, and the WWE's top two stars are facing off once again.

Of course storyline wise the WWE can cover its tracks with the creation of this rematch.  After all, the Rock did win the WWE title at the Royal Rumble AND John Cena just happened to win the Royal Rumble match, which allowed him to pick which title he fights for.  It's only natural that he'd go after the championship held by the Rock.  Admittedly, Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena just doesn't have the Wrestlemania "feel".

Rock vs. Cena 2:
This time it's for redemption
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I'm disappointed that we're getting the rematch and the build up of it being Cena's redemption.  I understand it in terms of him wanting to get a win over the Rock, but Cena is one of the biggest stars the WWE will ever see, does he need redemption?  Probably not, but I'm suspending reality and hoping for warm weather and a good match come Sunday.

The second tag line last year was in the second biggest match on the card, The Undertaker vs. Triple H.  This encounter was dubbed as an "End of an Era" match.  When it was said and done, Undertaker picked up the win, extending his Wrestlemania streak to 20 and 0.  Fast forward a year and BOTH the Undertaker and Triple H are on the card again.  So exactly what era ended?  I realize it wasn't billed as a retirement match, but I think a clearer definition of "end of an era" was needed back then.

End of an era for who?
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Of course I'm bringing all this up now because the Wrestlemania card is finally sinking in.  We've griped about the part timers, the lack of a U.S. title match, and Divas championship; but at the end of the day, it is Wrestlemania and we are paying a lot of cash to watch this spectacle live and in person.  

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