While it may be true that many fans still enjoy The Rock and find him entertaining, could it be possible that he has lost his touch?
In the mid-to-late '90s, there was no one better at promos than the Rock. Every week, fans, literally in the millions (and millions), tuned in to listen to the Rock speak. He was able to deliver funny, poignant promo’s that both mocked his opponent and indicated what he would do to them at the same time.
We all know that the Rock, in his prime, was excellent on the microphone, and Cena, on his good days, is too, but it seems Cena had been getting the upper hand over the Rock over the past couple of weeks.
First, there was the suggestion that Rock had notes for his segment written on his arm. Watching Raw, it certainly appeared that way. Then when Cena came out to spar with him, Rock stumbled for his words, and repeated himself several times.
Then, in Cena’s hometown of Boston, Rock pre-recorded some "history lessons" for Cena. It appeared that Rock had finally hit his stride and was once again at the top of his game. Listening to him talk was once again pure joy.
Come the end of the night, however, as Rock and Cena were once again in the same ring, Cena again got the upper hand on the Rock. Compared to the previous week, Rock fared better; however, this was not the Rock of old we saw, but a new, more nervous Rock.
The Rock may have taken a step back or two in terms of promo work, but he certainly has not lost his touch. This is a man who has become used to scripts and rehearsals in Hollywood. He is now back on live television, where he once again has to think on his feet. Before WrestleMania hits, expect to see Rock back on full form, just in time for the big night. I'm looking forward to his involvement at WrestleMania 29 next year.