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When Should The Rock’s First WWE Match Be? – Downtown with Darsie

The Rock Cuts New Promo on John CenaRumors have been out for a while that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s first match back won’t be at WWE WrestleMania 28, but at WWE Survivor Series 2011. I remember listening to a podcast with Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez on WrestlingObserver.com about the Rock coming back at Survivor Series, and I was stunned. The reason why I was stunned was they were talking about the Rock teaming up with John Cena and them co-captaining a team against a set of heels.

Let’s go with this idea for a moment, The Rock and Cena co-captaining a team at Survivor Series. One, is there enough strong heels for the Rock and Cena to man up a team against? To be completely honest, Alberto Del Rio, the Miz, and R-Truth I don’t feel like are in the spots where I feel like they’re strong enough heels to team up against the Rock and Cena.

Two, what faces are there that could be benefited teaming up with the Rock in his first match since WWE Backlash 2003 where he lost to Goldberg? Even if there were a good set of faces to team with the Rock, we all know they’re gonna lose and the Rock and Cena are gonna be the sole survivors on their team, so why even try giving them the rub?

But why advertise that WrestleMania XXVIII’s gonna be the Rock’s first match back in almost nine years, why go back on your advertisement and have the Rock be one of eight-to-ten men in a Survivor Series elimination match?

Yes, the Rock would start rubbing off his ring-rust, but that’s why there’s house shows, right? To my understanding, house shows are meant for whatever main event matches work out their pay-per-view match and see what works and connects with the fans.

So why not let The Rock rub off his ring rust on house shows? Yes, that would still be making his WrestleMania match not his first real match back, but it would be his first match back on television (including weekly programming and pay-per-view), so it wouldn’t really matter much.

So what’s my suggestion? Keeping to their word and having the Rock’s first match be actually at WrestleMania against John Cena, but not for the WWE Championship. I strongly believe their match doesn’t need the WWE Championship. I think if Cena would walk in as WWE Champion, we all would know Rock would lose. Why would they give the WWE title to the Rock for one night, simply to forfeit the title on the next night on Raw? Having Rock/Cena as the last match and having Rock win and send the Miami and PPV crowd home happy would be the smartest thing to do. If not, the Miami crowd might riot, and Cena may not come out injured free from the fans.

The Rock’s first match means something, and why not get the most out of it in front of his hometown crowd at the biggest stage of the year? I think that would be the smartest thing to do. The question is, will Vince McMahon realize that?

Philosophical Corner: To maximize the most money out of the Rock coming back and having a match, I believe it would be best to keep it at WrestleMania XXVIII. Depending on how the crowd reacts to him being back, how he feels after the match, how many people order the PPV, and if he can still go, then maybe bring the Rock back at next year’s SummerSlam.

Then the same thing with SummerSlam that I just described, and have Rock come back at next year’s Survivor Series, maybe captaining a team against John Cena, to continue the feud. Then have him in the Rumble match in 2013 and have Cena and Rock eliminate each other, and have a second Mania match at WrestleMania XXIX. I am Eric Darsie from Minnesota, thinking about the Rock while watching the Minnesota Vikings face Kansas City Chiefs.

Follow Eric on Twitter @edardar and check out his sites http://www.vintagedarsie.wordpress.com and http://www.writerscafe.org/Darsie/writing/

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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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