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Should John Cena vs. Randy Orton have Been Booked for WWE WrestleMania 30?
By Tom Clark |
November 26, 2013
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A massive showdown between John Cena and Randy Orton was announced for WWE's upcoming TLC pay-per-view on December 15. The match is huge because both the WWE and World Championships will be on the line in this table, ladders and chairs contest.
The moment that WWE fans have wanted for so long is actually here. But should it have been saved for WrestleMania 30?
I wrote about this very possibility back on October 13 and since then, the rumors about the match happening have been just under the surface. In fact, they have always been there, from the moment that the World Championship was handed to Triple H by Eric Bischoff live on Raw back in 2002.
The notion of title unification is just so intriguing for fans, it's one of those events that is truly so rare in the industry. To be a witness to it is to be a part of pro wrestling history. And for many fans, that is likely why the need to see the belts come together has been so appealing for so long.
But for a good number of the WWE faithful, the biggest positive to combining the championships is to just improve the product.
Two titles mean two champions, two sets of challengers and two separate main event matches. While this may have some benefit, namely in giving newer stars a title run to test them out, the long term effects are perhaps less than stellar. The fact is that at the end of the day, many fans only really care about a title belt because of who holds it.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, of course. After all, it's up to a talent to get over and if he works hard enough as a titleholder, then fans will immediately respect the belt more. However, for the crowd to consistently respond for a main event championship match, then they have to believe that the prize awaiting the winner is worth their time and attention.
But when two prizes are available, just how much do fans really care about one or the other? The top belt should be the top belt and any other top belts are just too much.
So considering the importance of title unification and just how much it means to fans, why exactly is the match between John Cena and Randy Orton not being held at WrestleMania 30?
It seems like the perfect stage for it. The magnitude of the match, the overall importance of it and the history it will make for WWE; how can the company not decided to book it for Mania? To me, it's by far the best place for it and it could be a great selling point for WWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year.
Of course, anything can happen at TLC in December. This match could end up not being a straight up win for one guy or the other. Both championships will be hanging above the ring, what if each man grabs his own title and pulls them both down?
What if each man enters with a belt and each man leaves with a belt?
We have seen similar situations like this play out before in WWE. Bret Hart and Lex Luger were co-winners of the 1994 Royal Rumble when both men hit the floor at the same time. This is just one of many examples we have seen through the years, so there is precedence for something similar to it happening at TLC.
And if it does, then the renewed rivalry between John Cena and Randy Orton could extend all the way until next year. If it does, then perhaps this match will happen at WrestleMania 30 after all.
But whether or not that will happen is anyone's guess. Once this feud starts cooking, it may not be able to wait until 2014. And the truth is that despite what happens fans will surely be into this one. Cena versus Orton has been hailed as one of WWE's best rivalries of all time and that will continue at TLC.
What WrestleMania 30 holds could be another story altogether.
Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report and a Contributor for the Camel Clutch Blog