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Can The Rock leave Wrestlemania as the WWE champion?

Actor and WWE supestar Dwayne

Actor and WWE supestar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson participates smiles at the fans at the Wrestlemania XXVII press conference. (March 30, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Here are some final thoughts with just under 10 hours to go before show time.

*I have read a lot of different scenarios for what could happen at the conclusion of the WWE Title match between John Cena and The Miz. Even our own Alfonso Castillo touched on it briefly in his prediction for the match: Is it possible The Rock could leave Wrestlemania as the champion? Never say never is wrestling.

Rewind to 1993. Wrestlemania IX in Las Vegas. The main event was champion Bret Hart vs. Yokozuna. Yokozuna defeated Hart to become the new champion. Following the title change Hulk Hogan came out to check on the condition of Hart and eventually got in the ring and was challenged to a match by Yokozuna’s manager Mr. Fuji. Twenty-one seconds later, Hogan was the new champion. So, there it is. Two title changes in the main event of Wrestlemania are not out of the realm of possibility.

Miz losing to Cena who then loses to The Rock is far-fetched, but it has been done before at a Wrestlemania with big stars. It would be a bold move on the part of creative and very memorable. Whether it’s smart or even the right move all depends on The Rock’s commitment to the WWE. If he plans on sticking around for a few months to feud with Cena, then I’m all for putting the title on him.

*Don’t expect The Undertaker to go Air Deadman and fly over the top ropes. It’s a move he usually reserves only for Wrestlemania. He didn’t perform the move last year against Shawn Michaels. The last time he did it was at Wrestlemania 25 where he landed on his neck. I only bring up the move because I’m a huge Undertaker mark and it’s insane to see a 300 pound man fly over the top rope like that.

Even though both men have a ton of ring rust I expect at least a 16-minute match with a ton of hardcore bumps. Don’t think for one second that either man will hold back. Both have a lot of pride and there’s a good chance that this will be the only match each man will wrestle for the foreseeable future. Taker is a part-time wrestler and he usually disappears after ‘Mania. It will be interesting to see where Triple H goes after this match as he is getting comfortable with life behind the scenes.

The wild card here, what role, if any, does HBK play in this match.

*There is still no doubt in my mind that Alberto Del Rio beats Edge. However, I do see Christian turning on Edge. Christian has not been featured on WWE programming in a high-profile spot in a very long time. He has had injuries that have hurt his push, but he has a bigger purpose in this feud that just supporting his good friend. I expect a predictable ending.

*I have changed my mind on the match that could steal the show. I originally picked CM Punk vs. Randy Orton. It’s a solid match but I feel that Edge and Del Rio could rise to the occasion and be the show stealer.

*I hate to tell to break it to the Snooki-haters, but expect to see a lot of her in the tag team match. The WWE needs enough in-ring Snooki action so it makes the lead story of “Entertainment Tonight.”

*I’m a little upset we have no Money in the Bank matches this year on the card. I don’t think the match that has been overused. I liked how it was an annual thing at Wrestlemania. But, if the WWE plans on having an annual pay per view every year, then it will eventually get old. I understand why it was omitted, but it was always a highlight for me. Plus, it got a lot of wrestlers good exposure and it gave them something to do at the biggest show of the year. Perfect example of someone who has been hurt by no Money in the Bank match: Kofi Kingston. You better believe John Morrison would have been left off the card as well if it wasn’t for Snooki.

*Come back for our live Wrestlemania chat which will begin 6:45 (15 minutes before the live show). Fellow Steel Cage blogger, Seth Mates, is at Wrestlemania tonight in Atlanta. His tweets will automatically filter into our live chat so you won’t miss a beat.

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