WWE Raw: The Rock's Top 10 Monday Night Raw Promos
With the 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw quickly approaching, it's safe to say it's a time of celebration in the WWE.
Therefore, keeping to the theme of celebration, let's take a look back at some of the greatest moments of one of the show's greatest superstars ever.
More specifically, let's count down The Rock's very best promos in Monday Night Raw history.
10. "The Rock Will Never, Ever, Forget"
For those of you who grew up during the company's Attitude Era, there was no better rivalry than that of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin's.
This promo technically took place after the height of their well-documented rivalry, but it's still a classic.
It's not your typical segment, and certainly not one of Austin's nature. But for one more night, we enjoyed the microphone stylings of these two WWE icons.
9. "What's Your Favorite Doughnut?"
The Rock, while backstage with one of his greatest victims in Michael Cole, decides to make some quick work out of a couple of detectives.
Sure, the doughnut-police officer joke may be overused but Rocky still manages to keep it funny.
8. "You Asked the Rock to Smell What You're Cooking?"
What more can you ask for than two of the greatest talkers this industry has ever seen in the same promo?
From the Y2J debut to the soon-to-come "Thomas Jefferson" segment, there was no doubting the mic chemistry shared by The Rock and Chris Jericho.
Whether they're dueling with or against each other, there's never a dull moment whenever these two meet with a microphone.
7. "Thomas Jefferson, Sucka"
As promised, here's the ever-so-famous Booker T beatdown.
Unfortunately for Stephanie McMahon and Rhyno, they were also along for the bumpy ride.
Here, The Rock and Jericho decide to join forces against the Alliance.
The entire "Invasion" angle may have been a bit mishandled in retrospect. This promo, however, was undoubtedly one of the greatest moments of that time.
6. "The Rock's Gonna Be...WWE Champion"
This isn't your classic Attitude Era promo. Nevertheless, this post-WrestleMania XXVIII salute to the WWE Universe was—dare I say—electrifying.
Everything about this promo was spot on. The older demographic was in high spirits, The Rock was absolutely on and the Miami crowd was hotter than ever.
The best part of the entire promo perhaps came when the crowd drastically increased their noise level as The Great One made his way down the ramp.
Now, as we wait for yet another Rocky return, we can only hope that he comes through with his promise.
5. "Finally, the Rock Has Come Back...Home"
This was certainly surprising, wasn't it?
In a time where wrestling surprise returns are often spoiled by our darling online dirt sheets, The Rock's 2011 comeback came way out of left field.
The crowd was electric, the pop culture world was shocked and The Rock was finally back home.
And luckily for us, he targeted IWC public enemy No. 1 John Cena.
4. "Sacramento, I Won't Stay"
The Rock is incredibly talented.
He can wrestle, he can act and by evidence of this remarkable concert, The Rock can sing. The last of those three skills, however, did not sit rather well with the Sacramento crowd.
After spending years of bashing people through his various jokes and catchphrases, Rocky decided to do it through song.
3. "I Did It for the Rock"
What does having five opponents do for The Rock? Evidently, it only makes him that much better on the mic.
Before the six-man Armageddon Hell in the Cell match, Rocky plows down his entire competition.
Here, we learn that Rikishi "did it for The Rock," Triple H is "The Game-ahhh" and that Stone Cold likes himself a little Backstreet Boys.
2. "You Wanna Serve The Rock a Great Big Piece of..."
After drawing in an incredible 8.4 rating, The Rock probably became Vince McMahon's all-time favorite.
In one of the highest-rated segments in Raw history, The Rock and Mick Foley took comedy gold and ran with it in the famed "This is Your Life" promo.
Here, The Rock runs down his hilarious past in Foley's attempt to make peace with the Brahma Bull. The Rock's old football coach, home economics teacher and high school girlfriend all get some of the worst mic beatdowns The Great One has ever handed out.
This promo probably depicts The Rock's connection to the people at its prime.
1. "Yay! Hooray! He Said Toronto!"
Sure, "This is Your Life" was one of the most watched segments in company history. And yes, you could argue that it may be the greatest moment in Monday Night Raw history.
However, this Hollywood Rock promo in Toronto was just way too perfect.
The Rock's babyface stuff was and still is highly entertaining, but his Hollywood heel persona produced some of the very best material The Great One has ever done.
"He's on fire tonight," Jerry Lawler stated during the promo. Quite frankly, no one could have put it any better.
What puts this ahead of "This is Your Life" is that The Rock is alone. While he did have some help in another incredibly gifted talker in Mick Foley in that segment, this promo is strictly between The Rock and the people.
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