Before you click the "back" button, this isn't just another article about The Rock's return to the WWE, it's a little deeper than that.
Before I go any further, let me opine about his appearance on Monday Night RAW.
It was quite easily the best promo of the PG Era by a long way; a promo clinic given by a master at the top of his game, as a good as any he's given in his career. Other wrestlers could learn a lot from him.
Which brings me to my main point. We're less than two months into 2011 and we've seen the return of four WWE legends.
Kevin Nash & Booker T at the Royal Rumble. Booker will be a coach on the newly-revived Tough Enough, as well of course being a commentator on Smackdown. Whether Nash will take on a more active role remains to be seen.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is announced as the host of Tough Enough. So now you have two Legends guiding a new generation of wrestlers.
The Rock returned to RAW and was revealed to be the host of WrestleMania. He stated that he was back on RAW, and that he was "back home" and "never, ever going away." Apparently on the chat session on WWE.com after RAW, he's meant to have said he would be involved with Creative. Whether this means for his own storyline leading up to WM or in general wasn't made clear. An Impact Wrestling article from Jan '10 provides a clue; he's stated as saying:
"I've never been interested in wrestling John Cena. The guys I wrestled in the past—from Goldberg to Hogan to Austin—were guys who I've really wanted to wrestle. If it can be done creatively but not only that, it's very important if I do come back is that the writing has to be ripped open and really be pushed. I came from a time in the Attitude era where we trail-blazed a lot and were fearless in the things we said and did."
Add to that, Triple H is due back soon and you don't need me to tell you that he'll be inheriting the keys to the kingdom once Vince McMahon retires. In 2010 Paul Levesque's role as an executive senior adviser was officially formalized as he was given an office at WWE headquarters.
Sounds like a pattern is emerging, A succession management plan that involves some of WWE's past wrestlers given roles in guiding the future direction of the company.
Wrestlers from an age before PG.
Should we be reading anything into this? A future direction change, or just Vince bringing in appropriate mentors to show a newer generation of wrestlers some of the finer points of how to develop their in-ring characters by learning from some of the best?
As ever, your thoughts & opinions.