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Wrestlemania XVII: The Rock Helps The Miz Defeat John Cena

And so we're on to the main event of the evening, as the WWE Championship will be decided between The Miz and John Cena. We get dueling entrances once again, as Miz gets a nice video package to document his rise from reality superstar to WWE Champion, and a big, inflatable "AWESOME" on the stage as he makes his way to the ring.

Not to be outdone, Cena's entrance involves what has to be a church choir of about 100 members, and a video montage of Cena with a prayer being read over the top of it. I'm not sure who's reading the prayer. . .the voice sounds familiar, but I can't place it right now. Holy crap, they're doing a gospel version of "My Time Is Now". . .sort of. But it sounds great, and it segues right into Cena's real entrance music.

Cena apparently has a new shirt and hat, too, this one in red. You know, for those of you that are into that sort of thing. New wristbands and armbands, too.

The announcements are made, and the reaction for Cena is definitely mixed, as is the reaction for The Miz. J.R. informs us that Cena has never lost a one-on-one match at Wrestlemania, and that this is his eighth consecutive Wrestlemania main event.

Miz gains the early advantage, pounding Cena into the corner and hitting his sit-out clothesline. The crowd is astoundingly dead for this one thus far. . .hopefully that will change as things progress.

Miz goes for a second sit-out clothesline into the corner, but Cena gets out of the way, and comes off the top rope with a Rocker Dropper. After a near fall, Cena misses a blind charge into the corner, and The Miz has the advantage again. Big boot to the head gets The Miz another near fall. Cena bounces off of the ropes, goes for. . .something. . .and the Miz ducks it, causing Cena to hit the deck.  Miz dropkicks him out of the ring, and hits a running kneelift on the ring apron.

Lawler and J.R. are commenting that Cena seems "addled" and "not quite right." His timing does seem a bit off, but I'm not sure if Cena is legit concussed or what the deal is. Cena gets a bit of a comeback capped off with the Five Knuckle Shuffle, and gets a near fall. Cena goes for the STF after a drop toe hold, and Miz kicks him away, following up with a backbreaker/neckbreaker combo.

(I found out what happened to the Sheamus/Daniel Bryan match. More on that later.)

Back in the ring, Cena has the STF locked on to the Miz, but The Miz gets to the ropes. Alex Riley manages to drive Cena's head into an exposed turnbuckle, and Miz follows that up with the Skull Crushing Finale, but Cena manages to kick out at two. Cena and Miz both run into the referee, knocking him out, and Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on The Miz, but the referee is nowhere to be found. Cena gets up, figures out what's going on, but doesn't see Alex Riley waiting for him with the metal briefcase, and he gets waffled upside the head as a result. Miz covers, and gets a near fall as Cena kicks out.

Miz now picks up the briefcase, and hits Alex Riley with it. . .well, actually, Miz sort of threw it at Riley, but Riley sold it like he had been shot. Cena hits another Attitude Adjustment on The Miz, but Miz kicks out before the three count. To the outside we go, and Cena clotheslines The Miz into the timekeeper's area at ringside. Cena then tackles Miz over the security wall, and both men get counted out for a draw. The fans are angry, and make their displeasure known, until. . .


Rock makes his way down to the ring, and we get another e-mail from the Anonymous Raw General Manager™, which The Rock decides he's going to field rather than letting J.R. do it. The Rock starts reading the e-mail. . .and I quote. . .

"As the Raw General Manager, I think. . .IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!"

Rock gets back into the ring, and after some oration, declares that the match will continue with no disqualifications and no countouts. Cena and Miz make their way back to the ring, puts Miz in position for an Attitude Adjustment, and Miz grabs the rope to counter. Cena then turns around. . .and eats a Rock Bottom from The Rock. Miz crawls over the top of Cena, and gets the three count.

So, does this mean that the Rock is hanging around for a while longer to advance a program with Cena? One would hope so, with the way this match ended. Either way, I'm surprised that Miz retained here, and I'm not sure that this win "legitimizes" him any more or anything like that.

After the match, The Rock remains outside the ring, staring in the ring at The Miz. The Rock charges the ring, attempts to hit The Rock with the belt and misses, and the Rock starts taking it to The Miz. Spinebuster leads into The People's Elbow, and The Rock takes to the turnbuckles to celebrate.

So, he did manage to get both combatants in this one, but in the opposite order I thought he would. . .I thought he'd get Cena after the match rather than during. We'll have to wait until tomorrow night's Raw to see where they go with this one.

Winner: The Miz via pinfall by a Rock Bottom from The Rock on John Cena

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.