The Rock is the new WWE champion, which for the most part is a great thing for the company and its fans. However, there are drawbacks of having the part-time wrestler as champion.
Here are three downsides to having The Rock as the WWE champion.
The Rock’s Schedule
Years ago, many Superstars had creative control over their characters and could choose what they do and don’t do. That is not the case anymore unless you are The Rock, The Undertaker or Brock Lesnar.
The Rock has been able to work selected appearances on WWE TV and pay-per-view. He does not have to work house shows. CM Punk made reference to this on Raw this past Monday when the two Superstars were discussing a rematch.
While The Rock is relaxing at home or working on his next movie, CM Punk will be facing Ryback at house shows.
While house shows usually don’t matter in terms of storylines progressing, WWE decided putting the title on The Rock was still the right choice despite not having the WWE champion at house shows.
It’s not the ideal situation, but it is only temporary.
The Outcome at WrestleMania is Obvious
The problem with The Rock being WWE champion, and John Cena challenging him at WrestleMania, is the winner is obvious.
The Rock will most likely leave WWE once again following WrestleMania 29, meaning John Cena will definitely win and become WWE champion again.
The greatest part of The Rock and John Cena’s first match is that either Superstar could have won. There was no title on the line, only the ability to call yourself the best of the best. The Rock was a top star in the Attitude Era, while Cena is a top star in the current era.
WWE and Vince McMahon most likely decided to have another Rock-Cena match for the buy rates and money, but the uncertainty of the winner last year also played a part.
It will be interesting to see how the numbers compare to last year since the outcome is more obvious this time.
Takes Away Push from Young Stars
With The Rock as WWE champion, it means that a young star is missing out on a push to the main event and WWE title.
While I understand The Rock means better ratings and business for WWE, I can’t help think what the breaking of CM Punk’s streak would have done to a full-time WWE Superstar.
One example is Daniel Bryan. Bryan was been on a hot streak of popularity, and having him defeat CM Punk and end the streak would have done wonders for the tag team champion.
Every time WWE brings back stars from the past, it takes away from younger WWE Superstars trying to move up on the card.
Having a mix of new stars and up-and-coming stars makes for a great balance on WWE TV. However, WWE has always done a great job of making new stars, and that aspect should not end.
For the first time in over a decade, The Rock is WWE champion. Vince McMahon will be happy with the ratings as the Road to WrestleMania has officially begun.
But what are the other disadvantages of The Rock being WWE champion?
Was putting the title on The Rock the right decision? Is there another WWE Superstar that should have broken CM Punk’s streak?
Please leave your comments, ideas and thoughts in the section below.
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