This series is aimed at discussing the impact that wrestlers have left on the business, regardless of their personal achievements. The impact I am aiming to discuss is the way they have improved the product or careers of other superstars.
Due to my age and when I started to follow the WWF/WWE, I am solely focusing this series on individuals whose careers date from around 1997 onwards and, more specifically, on less active or retired wrestlers.
In this installment, I am focusing on The Rock. Without a doubt, one of the greatest wrestlers to have cut a promo, he was a cornerstone of the Attitude Era. Credit should be given to the creative team, who laid the foundations for his legendary feuds with HHH and Stone Cold; however, The Rock's in-ring and mic abilities elevated his feuds to greatness.
During such a short yet successful career, The Rock earned his moniker as The Great One and gave us a list of red-hot wrestling catchphrases. Smackdown itself was named after one of the Rock's most famous phrases. During the main seven years of his career, he became arguably the hottest property in wrestling, only perhaps second to Stone Cold otherwise. He could wrestle, talk and just entertain in a way that nobody before or after have been able to. He was one of the most complete all round entertainers the business has ever produced.
Still one of the most loved wrestlers in the business, when his music hits, the ovation will blow the roof off any venue. He has been criticised for not appearing on WWE programming often enough, despite what many believe he owes the company. I would argue that he is doing his own thing, and too many nostalgic appearances lose their appeal after a while.