The Internet Wrestling Community worldwide is ablaze right now because of CM Punk's shoot interview on Monday Night RAW this past week, and I am not here to dispute whether it was a full-on shoot or whether it was worked.
I have seen numerous articles go up all week about whether the promo was worked or a shoot or half-and-half, but regardless of the level of personal input or creative leeway CM Punk was given, I want to discuss something that struck a chord in me after re-watching and discussing Punk's promo with some of my friends.
That point being when CM Punk stated, "The fact that Dwayne is the main event at WrestleMania next year—and I'm not—makes me sick!"
This point resonates with me because regardless of the personal feelings of CM Punk in this promo, the fact remains that we already knew the main event of WrestleMania XXVIII an entire year in advance!
The video below is from the Feb. 14, 2011 edition of RAW in which at 9:03, The Rock states, after telling us all how much he loves us for sticking with him that he is, "...never ever going away."
I find that hard to believe because two nights after WrestleMania XXVII, where was The Rock? The aforementioned main event had been made on RAW the night after WrestleMania and then just as quickly as he came...he was gone again.
He peeked his head in a month later to celebrate his birthday (which I heard was a terrible RAW, I don't get to see WWE programming much due to my work schedule) and ever since then, where has he been?
Not on WWE programming, that's for sure. I also found out whilst perusing one of my many nerd blogs that ol' Rocky has another movie lined up.
This, along with the fact that it has been stated that Rock doesn't want to be known for his time with the WWE, calls into question his TRUE loyalty to the WWE Universe. Though he stated in his return he wasn't there to shill a movie, Fast Five came out on April 29 which was two and a half months after he made his return speech.
Punk's promo truly echoes the IWC sentiments that talent such as himself should be featured prominently in the programming. However, in the world of sports entertainment, it comes down to the almighty dollar. The Rock himself seems to share this sentiment in the response that he made on his Twitter account as seen here on B/R.
Now before you die-hard Rock fans come at me with pitchforks and torches, let me say that I am a huge fan of The Rock. I loved his work in the Attitude Era and he remains among my top 10 favorite wrestlers to this day.
I'm sure that at just 39 years of age he could still put on great performances and tear the house down just like he did nearly eight years ago, and dare I say, even build some new stars.
Love him or hate him, John Cena is the face of the WWE. He has his whole heart devoted to the product and even though he has made movies, he has seldom been away from the WWE for long periods of time. Being that Cena is the face of the company, he is someone you would expect to see in the main event at WrestleMania.
This situation with The Rock reminds me a lot of WrestleMania X8 when Hulk Hogan came back and "passed the torch" to The Rock in what is widely haled as the TRUE main event that year and I believe the outcome of this match will be exactly the same.
It pains me to make that comparison too, because at least The Rock is fairly young and very talented.
The match will be great, but how much of the underappreciated and underutilized talent will wonder what could have been?
Until next time, I'm Merlot Williams, and that's my opinion.