“Out of respect, I go down there (to Miami), and there’s me and The Rock and his dad Rocky Johnson, and Pat Patterson,” said Hogan. “The Rock starts telling me that we’re gonna lock up, and do this and do that, then start getting some heat on me, and so on. So he talked through the whole match, and I was listening. I respect him, and it kinda made sense, but I’d never done that before. Then they go, ‘Okay, let’s have the match here.’ I said, ‘Whoa! You’re talking about me taking bumps in this ring, with no people? I’ll get hurt, and if I fall wrong one time, then my career is over.’ I’ve got to have the energy of the crowd, so that when I go down, I go down to the mat hard. So instead, we just walked through the match.”
I shake my head every time I read that someone inside the WWE locker room isn’t thrilled with the Rock headlining another Wrestlemania. I guess it’s possible that these are false rumors, that everybody is excited about the upcoming show in New York City. But as the old saying goes, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Even going back to Miami last year there have been rumblings that Dwayne Johnson’s comeback has been met with resistance.
Courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
Previewing his upcoming match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29 to IGN.com, WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson explained why he wanted to face the Cenation leader again after defeating him at last year’s show.
“You have to understand that my return back into the WWE was years in the making. And since I’ve been back, it’s been a three year-long journey that started at WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta. So John has always been my first choice,” Johnson told Matt Fowler.
Courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
As previously reported, WWE superstar Mark Henry was interviewed on Tuesday by the Power 92.3 radio station in Little Rock, Arkansas to promote this week’s Smackdown tapings. We posted a video of the interview earlier today, here’s a transcript of some of the highlights of what Henry said about:
The WWE Locker Room’s Reaction To The Rock:
“Rock is a great talent, but nobody’s taking pictures and asking for autographs. He’s a wonderful talent, he’s one of us, we respect him [and] he respects what we do. We just go about it and try to take advantage of the situation. He’s one of those that’s recognizable in many realms, and we appreciate him for coming back and still loving what we do and doing what he calls home.”
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A PWTorch.com Exclusive reveals that despite this WrestleMania season being The Rock‘s third there is still a lot of backstage resentment toward him returning. The feeling among some is that Rock is using his WWE Championship run as a marketing tool for his movie career however, from a business perspective the exposure WWE will get in others mainstream markets through The Rock is invaluable hence why putting the WWE Title on Rock is mutually beneficial.
Courtesy of WWE.com:
Fifteen years ago on Dec. 7, 1997, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson battled for the first time on a WWE pay-per-view at D-Generation X: In Your House. Here, WWE.com chronicles every time the two iconic Superstars clashed at major events.
Watch all the matches here:
Question: Where does the Rock vs. SCSA rank on the all-time greatest feuds? #1? #2? It has to be in the top 5 right?
The Rock as the WWE Champion on the road to WrestleMania would be worth more than a billboard in Times Square.
A report from PWInsider.com, courtesy of WrestlingInc.com says:
There are big plans in place for The Rock going into early 2013 and the WrestleMania season. Besides the WWE Title match with CM Punk at the Royal Rumble, Rock is set to make more regular appearances and will be a focal point of the company.
I fully expected The Rock to walk out of this year’s Royal Rumble with the WWE title when the match with CM Punk was unofficially teased and made at the Raw 1000 episode in July.
I didn’t expect CM Punk to have never lost the title between July and January. This amazing streak of days wasn’t something I thought would be going on even now in the month of November. I did expect that by the time January came around, CM Punk would walk into the Royal Rumble with the belt.
Assuming he doesn’t lose it between now and Rumble, CM Punk will have been champion for 434 days straight. He’s beaten John Cena several times, Ryback, Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio. Who better to finally end it than The Rock?
As a fan, I personally don’t care to see The Rock as the title holder. However, on paper, it reads as a great story. In business, a publicity high spot.
WWE is giving its world title to one of the top-paid Hollywood actors, and they don’t get the backlash similar to David Arquette’s title win/reign.
The Rock will have the film GI Joe: Retaliation coming out on March 29th, according to IMDB.com, nine days prior to WrestleMania29, when one would assume he would be in the main event defending the title.
Vince McMahon’s eyes now pop out of his head, as his company’s title gets blended with his craving to be mainstream and big in Hollywood.
Every photo, daytime talk show, late night talk show, entertainment magazine show, paper magazine article and TMZ photo that is aimed at promoting Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the new movie, ALL FEATURE AND INTRODUCE HIM AS CURRENT WWE CHAMPION.
Title over his arm, free press for WrestleMania 29 and whoever he is in a match with (all the more reason it should be both John Cena and CM Punk in a triple threat).
You know how these promotional interviews go with guys like Jay Leno.
Jay: “He is starring in the new movie coming out on March 29th titled GI Joe: Retaliation and he is also the WWE Champion. Please welcome Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.”
*Applause as The Rock walks in with his million dollar smile while holding the WWE title on his shoulder.*
Jay: “Great to have you back. Boy, you just get bigger and bigger every time I see you.”
The Rock: “Thanks for having me back. Yeah, man, gotta stay in shape, got a lot going on.”
Jay: “Well yeah, not only are you in a GI Joe movie, but you’re back in wrestling and the champion.”
But bottom line is, they still draw. So if you have them, you pay them, use them.
If WWE’s got a top Hollywood star as WWE Champion on the payroll in the most significant months of their year, take advantage of him for all that he’s worth.
— Justin Labar, writer for bleacherreport.com. Follow him on Twitter @JustinLabar