John Cena vs. The Rock at WrestleMania 29 wasn’t the classic rematch some people had anticipated it to be. The match itself was 30 minutes of the two guys executing their finishing moves.
Back in the ’80s, most matches ended whenever a wrestler executed their finishing move. It was rare to see someone kick out of a finisher back in those days.
It wasn’t until the Attitude Era when things got more interesting. Matches became more unpredictable because finishing maneuvers didn’t mean it was the end of the match. Kane kicked out of Undertaker’s Tombstone twice at WrestleMania 14. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s matches with Rock were exciting because they would always kick out of each others finishing moves too.
In those aforementioned matches, they would only execute their finishing moves a minimum of two times per match. Most of the time they would do other moves to make the match more interesting.
Fast forward to 2013 and Rock vs. Cena at WrestleMania 29 was a match full of nothing but finishing moves. Cena kicked out of the Rock Bottom three times. Not to mention, Rock tried to go for the People’s Elbow twice in that match too. Cena himself used the Attitude Adjustment three times and plus he used the STF so many times.
The match became very ridiculous when both guys tried to execute their finishing moves too many times. It appeared as if both men ran out of moves to do. Here’s hoping Cena vs. Rock III doesn’t happen next year. Their WrestleMania 29 match was just full of the same moves. It’s unlikely a third match between the two would offer anything different.