My readers, specifically, my pro wrestling readers, there has been something gnawing in my stomach for quite awhile, and I think it is about time I write about it. This blog may end up being a rant, but I just can not ignore this gnawing feeling any longer. I have to just say what I need to say, and get it over with, so I hope my readers will understand. I also hope you all will enjoy it as well.
I am on Twitter, and I am on Facebook. I also have a Tumblr account, but I have not been on that in ages. Anyway, I see it on both Twitter and Facebook, and it is starting to get on my nerves. It is driving me up the wall, and I am “mad as hell, and I am not going to take it any more,” as actor Peter Finch says in the film, “Network.” As I said, this blog is all about my frustration with it.
What is “it?” Good question. It is WWE /wrestling/smart fans whining and moaning about Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson being involved in WWE story lines during the past (and including this upcoming ) few Wrestlemanias. The disrespect the man gets from these fans is just out of this world. I mean, they make all kinds of nonsensical comments.
The Rock gets called “a movie star.” He is accused of “not loving the business.” The Rock is accused of “not being dedicated to the business.” Rock is compared to John Cena by fans negatively, because Cena “lives for the business,” and Rock “went Hollywood.” The fans are upset about the Rock now, because he is holding the Title, and he is not on every Raw as well.
In this blog, I am going to at least ATTEMPT to counter some of these goofy comments I see. I admit that the Rock does not need a blogger like me to defend him, but , and I am coming clean, I am a huge fan of the man, so to paraphrase former WWE star Rakishi, “I’m doing this for the Rock.”
As I am sure I am going to get the same comments, here I go.
Argument #1. The Rock never loved the business.
Counter Argument: The Rock never loved the business? Well, how does one explain that his father, Rocky Johnson was a professional wrestler? The Rock’s grand father, the Great Chief Maivia, was also a professional wrestler also. The Rock went to the University of Miami to play football, and he wound up in the CFL, as his own father did NOT want him to go into wrestling at first because of the hard life.
However, Rock finally convinced his dad to train him, which his father initially did.
Wrestling is in Rock’s blood. Kind of hard to say that he never loved the business. The Rock loved to do what he did when he was in WWE from 1996-2002.
Argument #2. Rock is not loyal to WWE, because he shows up only to promote a movie, and John Cena is better because he does work all year round for WWE.
Counter Argument: This kind of goes back to the first argument. Rock always comes back to WWE. He didn’t go to TNA. Fans forget that it was WWE who forgot to resign the Rock. Besides, the Rock is not the ONLY one who has taken time away to do, let’s say “side projects,” and then come back, stay for awhile, and then leave again.
Let’s take the IWC’s favorite poster child, Chris Jericho. If I remember correctly, Jericho has taken a few breaks from the action, and returned to WWE. Why no hate for Jericho? There have been plenty of stars who have come back to promote their products, even for a one shot appearance. There is no hate for them, like there is for the Rock.
If it is good for Jericho, et. al., it’s good for the Rock. Besides, people loved the Rock when he was destroying his body for all those years. Why the turn on him now?
All this leads to….
Argument #3: The Rock went “Hollywood,” and Vince brings him in to make money, as Rock is just an “actor” now, and is not a wrestler.
Counter Argument: First off, I see a lot of fans calling Rock, “a Movie Star,” as if he never wrestled. Interesting. I remember him being in the Nation of Domination. I remember his turning heel, and confronting fans who chanted “Die. Rocky Die.” I remember his rivalry with Triple H, and his great matches with Austin at Manias 15, 17, and 19.
Who also could forget the Rock and Sock connection? I don’t see anything now (maybe Team Hell No) that could compete with that.
I also remember Rock having a career of putting people over. Of all of the top guys in his era, Triple H, Taker, Stone Cold, he put over more people than any of them. The only person I recall now that does that is Chris Jericho. I remember Rock put over Jericho, The Hurricane, and even Shane McMahon, amongst others. I remember one Raw, seeing Rock losing to the boss’s son. The Rock and Shane had a PPV match also.
To those who worship Cena so much, here is my question. How many people has Cena put over? If Cena is so superior, I want to know how many lower level stars he put over? Cena will give the rub to someone, and then that someone will slide right down the card again.
As far as the Rock being a “movie star,” well, if I accomplished just all I could in WWE, and was offered a chance to make similar money doing something else that doesn’t call for me to be taking bumps for 300 days a year, hell, I would do it. Why is the Rock being blasted for that?
Americans live in a Capitalist society. The idea is to make money. I don’t understand why people get so upset when someone else finds an excellent chance to BETTER THEMSELVES. In this case, Rock found the movies to be just that. He makes oodles of money, and he doesn’t have to wind up a broken man needing a million surgeries in his old age.
Sometimes, I wonder if wrestling fans really CARE about these fans. The fans bashing the Rock want it both ways.
Besides, the problem with the Rock being a part timer, and having the belt lies not with the Rock, folks. It lies with VINCE. Who runs WWE? Vince. Who ultimately decides things that happen in that ring? Vince. I am not the only blogger who has said WWE needs to build new stars.
When WWE had all the big guns such as Edge, HHH, Mysterio, Batista, HBK, etc., at their disposal, WWE should have used them to put over the younger talent. Did they? No. They kept using the same warhorses I just mentioned till they broke down like Barbaro, or bolted.
So, I don’t know what fans expect. Vince is going to continue USING part timers like the Rock, Jericho, Taker (as long as he can last), etc. til Vince gets it through his head that he has to push new talent, and really push them.
I hope you all can smell what I am cookin’
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan
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