The Rock has announced on his Twitter account that he will appear at the 1000th episode of WWE's RAW on July 23rd in St. Louis.
This is big news. The Rock can be held directly accountable for spikes in fan interest in the WWE, particularly since the impressive WrestleMania 28 buy rate, which saw him and John Cena in the main event.
When The Rock returns on the 1000th episode of RAW, it must be live in St. Louis and not via satellite.
The last time The Rock appeared on WWE TV, he promised he would soon become WWE champion. This was an excellent hook—the WWE Universe can wait patiently knowing that one day, The Rock will return to WWE and challenge for the gold.
This might be a long process full of baby steps, but the next step in my opinion is this—when The Rock returns on July 23rd. It's imperative that by the end of RAW, we know when The Rock will be competing next, regardless if that match will be for the WWE title or not.
At RAW 1000, you can expect an "electrifying" promo from the "People's champion" that will entertain many, perhaps even interaction with CM Punk (assuming he is still WWE champion at that time). But regardless if his next match is with the WWE champion or not, we need to be left with insight as to when The Rock will return to the ring. Knowing of his next appearance isn't enough—it's when he will see action that is the key.
Will it be Survivor Series? Will he enter the Royal Rumble? I certainly don't think we will have to wait until WrestleMania, but we may not see The Rock compete in the next few months, particularly given his busy movie schedule.
Not only that, the moving of the new GI Joe's release date may (or may not) affect his involvement with WrestleMania 29, despite appearing at the WM29 press conference and confirming that he will be a part.
And when The Rock does finally compete for the WWE title, we will see the "Great One" stare at the lights and lose to the champ. But then again, that's what many said about WrestleMania 28 when he fought John Cena.
Arda Ocal, Pro Wrestling Optimist
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