It's not often that Wade Barrett gets compared to The Rock, but as I was trying to find a former Superstar to compare him to, The Rock started to make more and more sense.
For both competitors, their "past" played a big part in forming their initial gimmick. "Rocky Maivia" was first billed as a third generation blue blood, a life groomed by the sports entertainment industry from his inception. Wade Barrett, on the other hand, has a history of bare-knuckle boxing in England that helped form him into the heartless bastard he is today.
Before the Rock reached his peak in the WWF/WWE, he had aligned himself with the Nation of Domination and then the Corporation. Wade Barrett has already been associated with the Corre and the Nexus.
But the Rock really came into his own when they repackaged him to be a loner who didn't need a faction to back him up. Now that Barrett is healthy again, they've repackaged him to go at it alone, already mixing it up with guys like Sheamus and Randy Orton.
This will only be Barrett's third appearance at the Survivor Series. But what kind of history does The Rock have at the same event?
We've seen some impressive records so far. If The Rock had remained a full-time competitor after 2001, I have no question in my mind that he would have the most impressive Survivor Series resume today. Even alongside guys like Randy Orton, the Undertaker and John Cena, it could be argued that The Rock still has the best overall Survivor Series experience.
Like the Undertaker, The Rock made his WWF debut at the Survivor Series. In 1996, he eliminated both Crush and Goldust and ended up being the sole survivor for his team. The next year, as part of the Nation of Domination, The Rock eliminated Road Warrior Hawk and Ahmed Johnson before being eliminated by Ken Shamrock.
In 1998, The Rock had one of the most successful nights of his career when he eliminated the Big Boss Man, Ken Shamrock, the Undertaker and finally Mankind in the WWF Championship elimination tournament. When he tried to win the title again in 1999, he failed as The Big Show won the Triple Threat match in which Helmsley defended the strap.
In 2000, The Rock returned to his winning ways by defeating Rikishi in singles competition. Even more impressive, as part of 2001's Team WWF, the People's Champion eliminated three all-time greats in Booker T, Kurt Angle and Steve Austin, winning the match for Team WWF.
It would be ten years before The Rock competed at Survivor Series again. In 2011, he teamed with John Cena to defeat Awesome Truth.
Wade Barrett certainly has the potential to rack up a list of accomplishments as impressive as The Rock's, but it would really help his chances if he had a spectacular outing in 2012. He lost his first Survivor Series match in 2010 when Orton retained the WWE Championship in a singles title match. He fared much better in 2011, captaining a winning team and eliminating Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton along the way.
In theory, Barrett could come away from Survivor Series 2012 as a survivor with five eliminations. While that's highly unlikely, there's still a good chance he'll have a significant presence at this year's Thanksgiving Spectacular. Check back five years from now to see if his record can compete with The Rock's.