The Rock and John Cena finally went nose to nose on RAW and it was the Great One who ended up looking at the lights. An intense RAW segment ended with John Cena laying out The Rock with an Attitude Adjustment. The shocking ending opens up even more possibilities for WrestleMania 27 and beyond.
The Rock made only his second live WWE television appearance tonight on RAW. The Rock returned to a thunderous ovation from the Chicago faithful. The Rock cut yet another great promo about John Cena and mocked Cena for his colors, his music, and his fans. John Cena had enough and confronted The Rock in the ring. The thunderous cheers that met The Rock were traded in to an orchestra and boos along with the usual “Cena sucks!”
Miz and Riley made their way to the ring and Miz immediately cut a promo on Cena. Cena left the ring and Miz turned his attention towards The Rock. The Miz went off on The Rock as the People’s Champ just stared at him with an ice cold look of steel. Once Miz was done, he and Alex Riley attacked The Rock. This is where the WWE swerved me from predictable to the very unpredictable ending.
At this point I expected the predictable ending of Cena coming inside the ring and helping The Rock clean house, ending RAW with the two shaking hands. Not tonight WWE fans! Instead The Rock cleaned house on his own and even delivered the first People’s Elbow in about seven years to The Miz. The Rock proceeded to throw The Miz over the top rope, making the WWE champion look as threatening as Hornswoggle. This is where things got interesting.
The Rock threw Miz over the top and wiped his hands clean of the champion. Unfortunately for him, John Cena never left and was standing behind The Rock like a lion hunting his prey. Rock turned around, Cena lifted him, and dropped him with the Attitude Adjustment. Cena leaned down with his hand and did his “you can’t see me” on top of The Rock and left the ring with a big smile on his face to a chorus of boos worthy of only great pro wrestling heels. RAW ended with Rock laid out, Cena with a goofy smile on his face, and a lot of anticipation about WrestleMania 27.
I have written a lot about The Rock vs. John Cena feud and its positives and negatives with the biggest negative being the fans turning on Cena. Up until tonight it looked like Cena was swimming upstream after being owned for the last month by The Rock in his promos. Tonight the WWE gave fans an unexpected twist and it worked. Instead of an embarrassing visual of the WWE’s top babyface being booed out of the building each week on RAW, the WWE now has themselves a bit of an outlaw who will probably have more fans cheering him in Atlanta on Sunday than ever before. Well done WWE.
The not so good would be the absolute squash of the WWE champion. The booking of The Miz as WWE champion has been an absolute disaster. Quite frankly I have never seen any world champion booked this weak going into a WrestleMania in 27 years. After tonight The Miz looks even more like a complete joke and has zero chance of coming out of this situation with any redeeming value.
Finally, there is a lot of buzz this week about The Rock winning the WWE championship at WrestleMania 27. Rumors and fodder all point back to WrestleMania IX when Hulk Hogan defeated Yokozuna in an impromptu match to win the WWE title. The Rock is booked for RAW next Monday and will be live in Atlanta. An interesting scenario could see The Miz retain the title (and whatever little heat he has left) and drop the title immediately to The Rock. The switch would give the WWE a ton of mainstream publicity in addition to setting up some kind of angle on Monday night and a possible Cena vs. Rock match in the very immediate future.
And I don’t think anyone would have a problem with that!
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