Considering how massively popular and entertaining the Rock is, it's hard to imagine him having any negative effects on WWE. However, the production from the creative department takes a severe hit whenever he's around.
In case you haven't been paying attention to the advertisement on television and the chatter on social media over the last few weeks, last night was the 20th anniversary episode of Monday Night Raw. With an event like this, you can usually expect a highly entertaining night.
Based on initial reaction from the Internet wrestling community, the event was slightly disappointing. Granted, the expectations were higher than normal, but the company failed to even try to get to that level with the product that they churned out last night.
Hard to believe, but a lot of the blame for that can be placed upon The Rock. It's not what you think, though.
The Great One is basically a crutch for the WWE creative department. They have a tendency to lean heavily on him and his extremely high charisma level when he's around.
It's not an easy job being a part of the creative department in WWE. Aside from constantly being criticized by the Internet wrestling community, they're also extremely overworked by the frantic nature of Vince McMahon.
So, when someone like the Rock, who can find a way to entertain millions of people even if he's just reading from a dictionary, is around, there is a natural tendency to want to take the night off. Fans are going to tune in for the entire three hours just to see what Rock does for 20 minutes.
Since Rock is scheduled to be around a little more frequently now, you can expect to see some more subpar episodes of Monday Night Raw before WrestleMania. Fortunately for us fans, a few minutes of the Rock is worthwhile.
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