The 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.
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).
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.
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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