You may not have been asking for it, and WWE may not have even originally been planning on it, but after the wild box office success of their first encounter at WrestleMania 28 last year, the decision became clear: The Rock and John Cena needed to have a rematch ... but the stakes needed to be much, much higher.
And so they were, as "The Great One" put the WWE championship on the line against "The Fruity One" at tonight's (Sun., April 7, 2013) WrestleMania 29 pay-per-view (PPV) event at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
And we have a NEW champion.
They worked what has become a stock "epic" style WWE main event match. They treated both men like titans, having them go back and forth early with neither getting the upper hand because they're so evenly matched. Actually, they worked slow and simple for a long while, using a lot of holds and trying far too hard to give it that feel that a match like, say, Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior had at WrestleMania 6.
The problem, of course, is audiences today just don't buy into that style of match.
Things heated up in a big way once they started trading all their trademark spots, like spinebusters, and People's Elbows, and Rock Bottoms, and Five Knuckle Shuffles, and Attitude Adjustments.
None of which got the job done, at least on the first try.
They did much, much better later in the match with a lot of not-so-subtle nods at their past encounters -- like Cena tricking Rock into a false finish by teasing going for his People's Elbow, the one that lost him the match last year -- only to have Rock kick out and hit a Rock Bottom that also wouldn't get the pin.
Eventually, the 678th finisher got the pin, that finisher being the AA from Cena.
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