The Rock, Mick Foley, SmackDown Spoilers and Tuesday's Top WWE Buzz

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images

With WWE’s Raw and SmackDown filmed on the same evening, the company has consolidated their efforts due to the wildfires that have spread across Colorado and Utah.

The best always goes out to those affected by the natural disaster, but the hope is that the WWE now has five days of downtime to prepare and plan for Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

With this much time, there should be no excuses why this show can’t be great.

There are serious questions coming into Money in the Bank about exactly how much the WWE will change their landscape leading into both the 1,000th Raw and SummerSlam.

Judging from the holding pattern they’ve been in for a few months, I’d say the SmackDown MitB winner will be the biggest news of the show.


The Rock Wants the WWE Championship

After talk of all the megastars returning to WWE for the 1,000th edition of Raw, there was little doubt that The Rock would take advantage of the opportunity to sell himself to the WWE Universe all over again.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will The Rock set up his WrestleMania match?

The Rock announced on Twitter that he would be returning, but there is an aura around who he could be coming back to call out. While it’s very possible that he is just coming back to sell whatever movie he is working on, this is the perfect time to start a long-term feud.

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 nostalgia pops

The WWE Universe hasn’t seen The Rock in a WWE ring since he left after WrestleMania 28, but if he truly is coming to WrestleMania 29 to have another match, the feud leading up to that battle should start on the 1,000th episode.

Deeper Dive: The Rock's Return to Raw Must Lead to a Match (Bleacher Report)



Mick Foley Will Be There for 1,000th Raw

Another classic name slated to appear is Mick Foley. The former champion announced on Twitter that he would be there, but he would expand no further on what role he would play or what exactly he would be doing.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Foley help debut a new talent?

While they have publicly squashed their feud, there is little doubt that anyone who is a hardcore fan of wrestling knows about Dean Ambrose and his verbal battle with Foley. The hope is that the WWE finally debuts the young star on the 1,000th episode.

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 possible Rock and Sock re-connections

The WWE is going all out for their milestone show and bringing all the old stars back is a great way to span generational gaps. The plethora of former stars returning only lends credence to the fact that WWE is desperate to bring the older fans back to the sport.

Deeper Dive: Mick Foley Confirms Return (Bleacher Report)







ZackDown is in a Holding Pattern

While I love that WWE is giving Zack Ryder the love he so richly deserves, the fact that it is the ultimate go-home show helps it mean nothing. I personally think Ryder’s win in the battle royal at the Great American Bash was a much bigger moment in his career.

Question on Everybody's Mind: How did Zack do as GM?

For what he was given, it sounds like he did woo-woo-wonderful. All jokes aside, SmackDown has been the holding pattern show for weeks in preparation for the run to the 1,000th episode and SummerSlam.

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 go-home shows

There is nothing worse than the WWE in their holding patters because they get lazy with their storytelling and their endings become very predictable. Besides AJ, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, there is little doubt which way WWE is heading for the next PPV.

Deeper Dive: Full SmackDown Spoilers (Wrestling News World)



If you need more wrestling, catch last week’s Ring Rust Radio King of the Ring tournament or listen to this week’s episode with ECW legend New Jack and Bleacher Report’s own Justin LaBar and Brian Mazique.


Check back for more on the World Wrestling Entertainment as it comes, and visit Bleacher Report’s Wrestling Page to get your fill of WWE/TNA. For more Wrestling talk, listen to Ring Rust Radio for all of the hot topics you just can’t miss (some language NSFW).

Listen to internet radio with RingRustRadio on Blog Talk Radio