Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is about to square off once again for the richest prize in all the world of WWE when he faces off against whomever is champion on January 27, 2013 at the Royal Rumble. Currently that seems likely to be C.M. Punk, but things could certainly change in the blink of an eye with guys like Ryback and John Cena around. Punk has been dominating the WWE title scene for over a year and he has been rumored to be The Rock’s opponent for quite some time. Regardless of who The Rock faces, there will be a loud contingency that will want him to lose. Given that he has been away from the ring off and on for years, I can understand that point of view. As a huge WWE fan that wants to see the product do well, however, I disagree totally.
The Rock will reinvigorate the WWE all over again
Regardless of what happens with The Rock, more eyes will be on the show because of his being there. The guy electrifies a building full of people better than anybody on the roster today so that has to be considered an upgrade. The WWE has always been about the bottom line so The Rock is going to be good for business. When The Rock might come through the curtain at any given time, all the boys in the back benefit from the crowd anticipation. It makes the product cool and exciting all over again. Few people can say they are capable of such an impact, but The Rock is on that short list.
What about his part time status?
To say that The Rock has been part time over the past several years is really being a bit generous. He has been gone so much that many of his stanchest fans have moved on to other superstars. The Rock will always be loved and considered to be a Legend in the WWE, but the bloom is off the rose for many people. This could mean that The Rock will take more of a bad guy role when he returns or he might simply play the tweener that he has become. It would not be the first time that a main event superstar played both sides of the fence. John Cena does it every time he steps into the ring.
Should the WWE allow a part timer to hold the belt?
If ever there were a superstar that could pull that off, it would be The Rock. Dwayne has spent a ton of time and energy into building a brand that is strong enough to be able to do just that, and I think the WWE might do it for a short time at least. I can’t see him holding the belt for very long, but I do think that he could help the company in the short term. One last WrestleMania program for The Great One would be awesome. If holding the belt is the best way to pull that off, then so be it.
*Southern is a huge WWE fan that believes they could improve a great deal by looking back at the old NWA ways of doing things.
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