Five Opponents We'd Like to See Take on The Rock
It seems clear that The Rock, who retired from the industry so young, will never wrestle a full match again.
Mr. McMahon's announcement this coming Monday regarding the 'Guest Host' of WrestleMania, however, have set many tongues wagging that it would be the perfect role for a brief return for 'The Great One'.
If that is the case then we're bound to see a Rock Bottom or two, but still no match. Nonetheless, if our wishes were to come true, and he were to wrestle a full match again, who would we want him to take on so as to not waste it? It can't hurt to ask!
5. The Miz
Many of you might think booking Miz against Rocky would be breaking my own condition of not wasting his final ever match. However, I don't think this would be a waste at all. The Miz is arguably top heel at the minute in the company, so what better way to garner heat and profile for him than taking on one of the most popular wrestlers ever?
Both these guys are obviously 'awesome' on the mic, and so the promos and build-up for this match would be gripping an entertaining. Not only that, but while the Rock is a phenomenal athlete, and a good wrestler, he's not so good as to completely overshadow one of the future stars of the company in the ring, and could make Miz look strong in the ring against one of the best.
Unlike my other suggestions for an opponent for The Rock, Miz would have lots to gain from facing The Rock, gaining a huge rub from 'The People's Champ,' and providing him with a historic match to build his own legacy upon.
4. Chris Jericho
Growing up, Chris Jericho and The Rock were my two favorite wrestlers, and they do share a lot of history: Jericho made his highly anticipated WWF debut by interrupting 'The Brahma Bull".
More significantly, he and The Rock had some epic stand-offs right through the Invasion storyline and beyond. Indeed, it was against The Rock that Jericho won 'the big one' for the first time, beating him for the WCW Championship at No Mercy, 2001, before going on to beat him on his way to the Undisputed Championship; both victories coming in less than heroic fashion.
I always felt there was more that could have been achieved from a Rock-Jericho feud, and now that Jericho wrestles with a new gimmick, it would be an even more interesting and unique match-up.
3. Triple H
Similarly, growing up, I remember the ultimate rivalry there was between Triple H and the Rock.
At the time, Rocky was top babyface, constantly having to fight against the overwhelming odds of HHH and the 'McMahon-Helmsley Regime'. This made for great television, and as the two had excellent in-ring chemistry, amazing, heart-stirring matches.
Like with a match against Jericho, the renewal of this rivalry would bring a new dimension from HHH's current character. HHH is a face now, and I believe would go up against The Rock as a babyface too, more like his 'King of Kings' character of recent years. For the first time, this would be the two wrestling each other out of respect for one another. It wouldn't be about titles, like it so often was a decade ago. It would simply be about who is the better man, and it would be awesome!
2. Shawn Michaels
I don't believe they've had the pleasure ...
The Rock has wrestled all of the greats from the time he was in the ring: Austin, Undertaker, HHH, Jericho, Angle, Hogan etc, but there is one glaring name he never got to headline with, and the same is true for Shawn Michaels ...
Rock has never faced HBK. HBK has never faced Rock.
Now in reality, I respect HBK's retirement, and wouldn't want him to wrestle again if possible, but in fantasy, this would really be a dream match! Not much more needs said, it would be an awesome sight and an awesome match for the ages.
1. John Cena
'Icon vs Icon II'
At WrestleMania X8, The Rock (an icon of that day) took on Hollywood Hulk Hogan (an icon of the past) in what was dubbed 'Icon vs Icon' and stole the show that year. This time, The Rock would take Hogan's place and take on today's wrestling icon, John Cena.
Cena has not tried to hide that, although he greatly respects The Rock, he feels that he owes the wrestling industry more than he currently gives back in terms of recognition for what it helped him achieve in Hollywood. He as also publicly said he would love to wrestle Rocky. Both men are incredibly charismatic, and both would be able to provide great and entertaining build-up based on this foundation. I imagine that, again, The People's Champ would go over to the delight of the IWC and the slightly older fans watching.
For all his detractors, Cena is undoubtedly a better wrestler than Hogan, and in much better shape. This could be an Icon vs Icon match tot op even the original.