Dwayne Johnson @TheRock “Team Bring It Worldwide: Tonight w/ all my blood, sweat and respect I proudly represent you.”
During his epic “Once In A Lifetime” generation vs. generation wrestling match with John Cena on April 1, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was true to his word. The whole Fox and Hound sports bar in Arlington Heights erupted in loud cheers as the Rock pinned Cena to win the match. I thought they both gave it everything they had, each weakening the other with submission holds and trying to use their signature maneuvers.
As a card-carrying member of “Team Bring It”, the Rock’s fan base, it was a victory I prayed for, especially since it was in his hometown of Miami. I have watched the Rock since 1998, part of what was then-known as the Attitude era when the company was still called WWF. Wrestlers like the Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin used cruder language when they talked tough and often went against authority. During John Cena’s rise in the WWE, the T.V. programming became more PG. The majority of his fans are teenage girls and children. The Rock branched off into a movie career, but finally returned last year to host Wrestlemania XXVII. Cena’s problem with the Rock is that he left the WWE and fans to pursue acting, and didn’t return until years later. Cena figures at least he shows up every week. Rock thinks Cena’s been forced down our throats. (http://www.primaryignition.com/2012/03/06/bell-to-bell-a-character-vs-a-person/)
I missed the Rock not being on WWE, but I went and saw his movies and remained a fan. I have to agree that Cena has been shoved down the fans’ throats, and the promos aren’t as much fun as they were in the Attitude era..
It’s been great to see the Rock in the last few weeks on Monday Night RAW because his promos are as good as ever. Every week he utters some new catchphrase that ends up trending worldwide on Twitter. He never really left for good and still takes pride in the WWE. He is just as loved as is evidenced by the cheers he is greeted with and the signs fans wave in the stands. There is excitement in the air when his theme song is played. I always thought Cena was a Marky-Mark wannabe. I’m not a fan of rap so his image doesn’t appeal to me.
Even if Wrestlemania XXVIII was the Rock’s last match ever, I will always be a fan and grateful for all of the good feelings and laughs he provided. He stays in touch with fans on Facebook and Twitter. I was proud that the Rock represented me, a fan, in one of the biggest matches of his career.