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The Rock to appear live on April 4 WWE RAW

The Rock will be live on RAW the day after WrestleMania 27The Rock will come back to Atlanta. Joey Styles tweeted, “The Rock will be live in Atlanta’s Philips Arena for WWE Monday Night Raw the night after WrestleMania, Monday April 4!” The WrestleMania 27 drama between The Rock and John Cena will continue for at least one more night.

This is interesting news on a few levels. One, it shows the commitment that the WWE has made lately to social media. The WWE has made a huge push over the last few weeks to draw fans to their Twitter accounts as opposed to WWE.com for breaking news. The change has been highly noticeable and I think the WWE has done a nice job of blending the importance of both their website and their social media accounts.

Two, the news seems to indicate that The Rock won’t be appearing live on RAW or any WWE television before WrestleMania 27. I can’t imagine the WWE announcing that The Rock would return to RAW April 4 if he was going to be on television before the date? It would seem a bit odd and very TNA-esque to promote his third appearance without promoting his next one. I am sure that The Rock will “Bring It via Satellite” before WrestleMania but unless he makes an unannounced live appearance I don’t think he is coming back.

It is also a bit risky to make this announcement now, three weeks out from the appearance. RAW ratings are way up. There are probably quite a few casual WWE or wrestling fans that tune in every week either hoping or assuming that The Rock will be on RAW. Announcing his live April 4 appearance on March 10 could possibly cool that down. Fans may not be as eager to tune in thinking that The Rock won’t be on RAW altogether until April 4. It is hard to predict, but there is a bit of a risk if you ask me (and you probably didn’t).

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I think it is safe to conclude by this news that whatever happens at WrestleMania 27 between The Rock and John Cena and The Miz won’t end at WrestleMania. Whatever happens at WrestleMania won’t have a conclusion until the next night. This leaves the door open for a lot of interesting twists with an extra day to resolve open issues between any of the these three WWE superstars.

It is anybody’s guess at this point as to how things feud between The Rock vs. John Cena is going to play out. The predictable answer from day one would have been The Rock endorsing Cena at WrestleMania. Yet as this feud has played out, that seems like the least logical conclusion. The Rock has owned Cena in the battle of promos to such a degree that I think at this point The Rock would get booed out of the building for shaking Cena’s hand or endorsing him. Now he doesn’t have to or he can screw The Miz without necessarily endorsing Cena and pick up with Cena the following night on RAW.

There were no plans for The Rock to wrestle when he came back to Guest Host WrestleMania 27. However, plans could change and the buzz is that there is a lot pressure to get him back in the ring possibly at SummerSlam for a John Cena vs. The Rock WWE Dream Match. Personally, I think they could draw it for a year with a few appearances here and there over the next twelve months by The Rock. At the same time The Rock has been so on and off over the last few years when it comes to making WWE appearances that I wouldn’t blame Vince McMahon for locking him in while he is available and interested.

April 4 will also mark the first time in eight years that The Rock has appeared live on back to back nights on WWE television. The last time being March 30, 2003 at WrestleMania 19 where he defeated Steve Austin and the following night March 31 on RAW where he was speared by Bill Goldberg.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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