WWE TLC 2012: The Rock Must Make an Appearance at the Event on Sunday

David LevinSenior Writer IIDecember 14, 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)
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After four months of waiting, are we finally going to see fireworks at the TLC pay-per-view from The Rock.

After his confrontation with CM Punk at Raw 1000, after the reigning, undisputed WWE Champion put The Rock to sleep, we have heard nothing from "The Great One." Will this be the night his silence is broken? Will this be the first salvo fired from the former WWE Champion?

Yes, we can smell what The Rock is cooking. The only problem is, we want to know more about it.

We all know the reason the WWE Title is still around the waist of Punk despite the injury is because the WWE has been building this match to get "The People's Champion" and one of the most decorated wrestlers in WWE history back in the ring and back in the WrestleMania picture.

On Monday night, CM Punk set off his first direct shot in some time at "Dwayne" on Raw and previewed the "potential" match with "The biggest suck-up in the WWE," as Punk stated in his infamous shoot interview last summer.

Now, it's The Rock's turn to reply. And what better place than in Brooklyn and the last PPV of the year.

What a great way to get things stirred for the Royal Rumble. What a great way to prove The Rock is not affiliated with The Shield. What a great way to prove The Rock is still the most electrifying man in sports entertainment.

OK, enough with all the free advertising. We all know how great he is and the potential gold mine this match could make. And it also means someone other than John Cena will draw in a main event like this. Right about now, Cena may be an afterthought.

The Rock must appear for more than defense of his honor. This may be a very weak event. No WWE Title. No World Tag Title match. No Randy Orton. No Alberto Del Rio. The card is solid but not spectacular, and for all of his time out of the ring, The Rock on the mic making proclamations in ways he only knows how would boost ratings.

And it would allow the WWE to properly build this contest, like it should. It needs more than it has received and while the WWE took a full year to promote Rock/Cena, Rock/Punk has potential to be just as good. This is certainly the time to show what the WWE is made of in promoting The Rock as the one man who can end Punk's streak.

Now is the time for all of us to see The Rock in all his glory.

The WWE could do worse than have a war of words between these two superstars. While Rock/Cena lost a little bit along the way, Rock/Punk could be great because both are as profound on the mic as any two wrestlers have been in some time. 

And if Punk cannot fight in the ring, he can certainly fight with his words. Let the games begin. And let's already look ahead to the Royal Rumble and 2013.