The Rock as WWE champion has been a controversial decision given his part-time status with the WWE. Rock has been a polarizing figure in the WWE locker room and in the pro wrestling media. To some, he is a savior to the once-sagging WrestleMania brand that disappointed commercially as recent as 2010. To others? A spotlight-hogging Hollywood phony.
Having an A-list movie star so heavily involved in the WWE product is great for the promotion’s Q rating, especially with their biggest show of the year around the corner.
But just how good can The Rock be as a part-time champion? Is he really a champion or just a guy from Hollywood carrying around a belt?
Will a WWE title defense by The Rock at WrestleMania 29 be enough to out-draw record-setting pay-per-view numbers from WrestleMania XXVIII? And how will The Rock’s busy 2013 movie season affect promotion for the WWE, WrestleMania and the WWE Championship?