The Rock was one of many WWE legends who returned to celebrate the historic Raw 1,000th episode. The difference between The Rock and everyone else was that he had a relevant announcement for the WWE Universe:
The Rock will be facing the WWE champion at the Royal Rumble.
Prior to the announcement I was of the belief that The Rock would enter the Royal Rumble and win it. Apparently he is above earning a shot at the WWE title; all he has to do is come back and be placed into a match.
The Rock is one of the greatest WWE superstars, if not the greatest, of all time. That does not give him the right to simply insert himself into title matches for no reason. The WWE cannot create long-term storylines anymore because they keep bringing back guys like The Rock and Brock Lesnar.
What does it say when the WWE has to continue to bring back stars from the past to beef up the main events for their four biggest pay-per-views of the year?
The reason Steve Austin and The Rock became the legends they are is because they were allowed to grow and take over the WWE. All of the major storylines were built around those guys and people already on the roster.
There was no need to bring back stars from the past to draw ratings because Austin, The Undertaker, The Rock, among others, were big enough stars on their own. The WWE did a fantastic job building them up and playing to their strengths.
However, in today’s WWE CM Punk has barely been in the main event despite being the WWE champion. Instead he has been overshadowed by the part time returns of The Rock and Brock Lesnar.
I would argue that a match between CM Punk and John Cena would have been enough to satisfy any WWE fan. In fact, if the WWE grew their young talent then maybe we would be enjoying the next crop of superstars. If the WWE continues to rely on stars from the past then we will never witness the stars of tomorrow.
I may not like John Cena, but I respect him. Some fans cry about why he is shoved down our throats all of the time. It probably has to do with the fact that he is the only major star on the roster that the WWE feels comfortable enough to be the face of the company. Instead of building up guys like CM Punk to help Cena, they just bring back guys like The Rock to draw in ratings at key events.
It may seem like I hate The Rock, but I do not. I love The Rock, but I want to see the next “Rock.” The WWE roster has enough talent that they should not need to keep going back to the past to create noteworthy events. It is fine to do when there is a reason to.
CM Punk has turned heel, to what extent I am not sure. We will have to wait until next week to see if Punk is a full blown heel or just getting edgy again. The point is Punk was our only alternative to Cena and if he turns into a heel then we are stuck with one major face on Raw again. This is why the WWE keeps bringing back guys like The Rock: to fill in the void.
A lot of fans cling to the Attitude Era, but what was great about those days is that there were always four to five main event superstars on the roster at any given moment. The WWE built up their talent enough that there was never a need to go back to the past consistently.
I want to bring up one other name: The Undertaker. Some fans accuse me of being biased against The Rock and not against The Undertaker. I do not remember The Undertaker inserting himself into WWE title matches. He is not being put in main events at random.
I am asking fans to look past their love of The Rock. I know that is difficult, but is it really better to keep bringing back stars from the past to beef up main events? A “super match” between Cena and the Rock, or potentially Austin and Punk, does not mean as much if they happen every year. Those type of matches lack storylines because when they are over, they are over. Austin and The Rock simply leave again.
We can still adore guys like Steve Austin, The Rock and Mick Foley but in the end they are only shells of their former selves. We love them for nostalgic purposes. If I want to see them in matches then I can pop in a DVD.
I am not advocating for them to be eradicated off of television, I only want to see the WWE rely less on stars from the past and start investing more in their future. It is not me “hating” on The Rock if I do not embrace the fact that he gets to put himself into title matches that he has not earned.
Even if The Rock was to win the title, he would not keep it for long. Unless he is prepared to come back on a full time basis then I do not want him near the WWE championship.
I write these articles as a reminder that we are all fans who have opinions. My opinion does not hold any more weight than the people who read this. We can share our different viewpoints and try to understand one another.
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