WrestleMania 29, for all its star power, might turn out to be the most predictable WWE pay-per-view (PPV) event of the past 10 years. Indeed, each match on the card appears to have a clear winner, and that goes double for the four main event matches booked for Sun., April 7, 2013, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
You can go ahead and triple that for the headlining match, The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE championship. All signs point to Cena winning the rematch from last year's WrestleMania 28 and "The Great One" giving his ringing endorsement before running off to film Hercules and take another extended hiatus.
Rock is advertised for Extreme Rules, the next PPV on the schedule in May, but there's no telling what role he will play at that show.
In addition, the other part-timers at the top of the WrestleMania 29 card, like Undertaker, Triple H, and Brock Lesnar, are all likely to disappear shortly after the big show. Not only that, CM Punk is not advertised for a single show after the "Showcase of the Immortals," as he's heavily rumored to be taking time off to heal up some nagging injuries.
So what does that leave for Cena, who will be the WWE champion again for the first time in nearly two years?
Last week's episode of Friday Night SmackDown may have provided us the answer with the return of John Laurinaitis, the former General Manager of Monday Night Raw who lost his job thanks to Cena last year. He made his surprise return in an effort to get in The Rock's corner for WrestleMania but was shot down in flames with a spinebuster and a People's Elbow.
When asked on Backstage Fallout, Laurinaitis said he didn't return for Rock, he came back for Cena:
"Rock is not my motivation, John Cena's my motivation. I made it perfectly clear out there: I'm a businessman, Rock's a businessman; everything's going to work out. My people will talk to his people, believe me. Rock wasn't clear at all. Everything's going to work out, okay? I guarantee it. John Cena, beware."
If it's true that all the part-timers will bail and Punk will bail along with them, Cena is going to need something to do after winning the title. Could another go-round with Laurinaitis be in the cards?
And would you want to see it if it that's the plan?