As we all know, The Rock defeated CM Punk at the Royal Rumble in January to become WWE Champion for the first time in over 10 years. Also on the show, John Cena won his second Royal Rumble match to become the No. 1 contender to face the Rock at WrestleMania XXIX for the second consecutive time.
Despite this, there have been mixed feelings that the WWE Championship has now gone "Hollywood," and that the champion should represent the company by appearing on its weekly television shows. As we have seen, The Rock has missed some Raw episodes already, and he is also planning on missing tonight.
The Rock tweeted about where he will be today:
Clearly, Raw is not where we will see The Rock tonight.
This leaves the million-dollar question: Does Raw need The Rock, or is it just fine without him appearing every week?
Rationally speaking, I can reason with both sides.
For those who believe that he should be on Raw on a weekly basis (or at least close to it), the fact that he is the WWE Champion and therefore should concentrate on the company above all else, as its champion, makes sense. Knowing that he was going to do public appearances for a new movie in the heart of WrestleMania season does not merit a major involvement in WWE.
If he was in a marquee non-title match—similar to his bout with John Cena last year—weekly appearances would not be needed. It actually helped last year's angle, due to Cena taking jabs about him appearing "via satellite."
For those who are fine with him not appearing weekly, I understand your point as well. The Rock is a major draw in WWE. Like him or not, he is a ratings booster, and he makes Vince McMahon money, whether he is there every week or not.
His character does not necessarily gel with the modern-day WWE, so he might get stale quick. In other words, it is quite possible to get an overdose of The Rock. In fact, he is already starting to garner some noticeable "boos" from the audience when he cuts his promos, and him not wrestling could be justified as well. Saving him for Cena adds a bit of suspense for the match, as Rock continues to send tweets about how hard he is training.
Plus, it has been reported (h/t WrestlingInc.com) that John Cena has been off camera due to The Rock not being there. For all those who are anti-Cena—there is your early Christmas present.
So, are you for or against the sporadic Rock WWE appearances as champion? Comment, civilly, below.
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