The Rock is one of the most popular superstars to ever compete in the WWE. Whether you love him or hate him, most will agree that he is entertaining, humorous and "electrifying."
I am happy that The Rock came back to the WWE, but I don’t believe that he deserves a chance to become the WWE champion.
Here are four reasons why.
Hollywood Comes First
The Rock has been starring in movies (2003-present) longer than he's been competing in the WWE (1996-2003). This shows me that Hollywood is his number one priority, at least for the time being.
We all know that The Rock can still go. He had a decent match with John Cena at WrestleMania 28, and his physique now, at the age of 40, is better than it was at 25.
I would love to see The Rock come back to the WWE on a full-time basis. The only thing stopping him, in my opinion, is his passion for acting.
Unfortunately, I believe that The Rock's return to the WWE will be a brief one.
Considering most wrestlers retire before the age of 50, The Rock doesn't have a lot of time left to electrify the millions.
Acting is different. He can act for as long as he'd like. Just ask Betty White. She's still going strong at the age of 90. Therefore, The Rock can afford to put acting on hold, but he hasn't.
Out with the Old, In with the New
This year, a number of new superstars made their debuts for the WWE.
These newcomers include Antonio Cesaro, Ryback, The Shield (Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns) and Big E. Langston—all of whom came from the WWE's developmental program, NXT.
Antonio Cesaro is the current United States champion, and The Shield (in their very first match) recently defeated Kane, Daniel Bryan and Ryback in a TLC match.
Ryback has been pushed as an unstoppable monster, winning 38 matches in a row before losing a WWE Championship match to CM Punk on October 28th at Hell in a Cell.
Ryback, The Shield and Antonio Cesaro have all been surprisingly impressive since their debuts. The future is looking very bright for them in the WWE.
Big E. Langston hasn’t had an opportunity to display his talent in a match on Raw or SmackDown yet, but his menacing appearance promises a good showing once he gets the chance to perform.
There are a number of wrestlers who have been in the WWE for years and deserve a real chance to prove themselves as the WWE champion, including Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Wade Barrett, and Daniel Bryan to name a few.
The Rock is a seven-time WWE champion. He doesn't need another title reign to further his career.
Right Now, He Doesn't Deserve to Be Champion
When it comes to The Rock, I ask the question, "What has he done for me lately?"
Since his return to the WWE at WrestleMania 27, The Rock has competed in two matches: a tag team match at Survivor Series 2011 and the infamous "Once in a Lifetime" match against John Cena at WrestleMania 28.
How on earth does The Rock get a title shot at Royal Rumble 2013 after a tag team match, a singles match and a few promos via satellite since his return? Beats me.
You can make the argument that The Rock has done a lot for the WWE and deserves a title match when he wants, but I disagree. Those accomplishments happened almost a decade ago.
If The Rock became the WWE champion, ratings would definitely rise, but this is not the only way to bring in more viewers.
Honestly, anything that features The Rock will boost the ratings. If Rocky was the General Manager of Raw, more people would likely tune in.
I would agree with The Rock earning a title shot and becoming the WWE champion if he competed in several wrestling matches against wrestlers such as John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Randy Orton and other top WWE stars.
At the very least, I would want to see The Rock defeat the No. 1 contender, Ryback, in a singles match. If he could beat Ryback, he would earn the right to compete for the WWE Championship against CM Punk.
In my opinion, he hasn't done enough recently to earn a WWE title shot at any time he chooses. Therefore, he doesn't deserve to be the WWE champion.
Regardless of my disapproval, The Rock has that title shot and will be going one-on-one with CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble 2013.
He Has Nothing Left to Prove
The Rock is a seven-time WWE champion, two-time World Heavyweight champion, two-time Intercontinental champion, five-time Tag Team champion and a Royal Rumble winner.
What is left for him to gain? The United States title? Please.
He is one of the most highly decorated champions in WWE history. His prior accomplishments more than qualify him as a top candidate for the WWE Hall of Fame.
The Rock has already proven to the WWE universe that he is one of the best wrestlers to ever grace a WWE ring. So why does he want to win the WWE Championship again so late in his career?
Is he trying to prove something to himself before he officially retires?
Before I end this article, I want to say that I have always been a fan of The Rock, and I respect him. In fact, he was my favorite wrestler growing up.
The Rock is a great worker, is in amazing shape and is phenomenal on the microphone. There is no doubt that he can still compete and win at a high level.
He is a true WWE Legend, but I don't think it's his time to become the WWE champion. In fact, I think his time has passed. Even if he loses at the Rumble, I can't picture him competing for the title further down the road.
The only way I can envision The Rock as the WWE champion is if he decides to come back on a permanent, short-time basis. This means he would need to make weekly appearances on Raw and/or SmackDown, just like every other top superstar on the WWE roster.
But I doubt that will happen.
The Rock vs. CM Punk at Royal Rumble 2013 is going to be electric, exciting and unpredictable.
I am a big fan of both superstars, and no matter what the outcome of the match is, they are guaranteed to put on a great show.
What do you guys think? Does The Rock deserves a WWE title shot? Do you want to see The Rock as the WWE champion? Vote in the polls and leave a comment below!
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