Survivor Series 2011: Fans Must Lower Expectations for the Rock's Return

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2011

For months, the fans have smelled what The Rock is cookin', but if you pay close attention, you should be lowering expectations.

The Rock may be one of the best WWE superstars of all time, but the reality is that it has been years since he stepped into the ring, and aside from the normal ring rust, he has put his faith in a Creative team that has been anything but successful in the past six months.

In other words, be prepared to be let down.

Nostalgia is great, and to see The Rock hit the ring in gear and do all of the moves that we did as children will be a flash into our childhood, but sadly, the end result will leave us wondering why we got so hyped up for a match that his nothing more than a stepping stone to WWE's biggest payday of the year, WrestleMania.

When this match is used to ease The Rock back into normal competition and fans are left disappointed, it's going to kill all of the buzz the WWE built coming into this event. This is a pivotal event for the company, and executing it will be crucial to the company's success for the rest of the year.

Now is the time to draw in the casual fans with The Rock's return, and sadly, this Creative team does not have the intelligence to get the job done.

All year long, fans have been scratching their heads as the WWE has constantly mismanaged every single scenario that has come upon them.

Alberto Del Rio has been poorly booked, and so has CM Punk, who had a ton of heat in the summer. It has been embarrassing to watch, and I can't believe we as fans have to trust The Rock's return into the hands of men who created the pathetic rushed finish at WrestleMania.

While I'd like to believe that The Rock is going to deliver one more time and we'll get a finish that makes all of us as fans look back on the event with fondness, the reality is that we're going to be complaining about how the Creative team screwed another one up and killed all of the company's momentum.

Same story, different day.