MAILBAG: Are You For Or Against The Rock Being WWE Champion?

SEScoops Mailbag for March 29th

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Q: Last week on the Sound Off [podcast], you talked about the Booker vs. Triple H match at WrestleMania 19 and said that he squashed him, with no rematch. I found on YouTube though that they had a rematch on Raw with HBK as the special referee. It ended in some kind of no contest after Jericho and Nash interfered. As someone who didn’t watch WWE during Triple H’s “reign of terror”, I’m curious to what extent you think it really took away from the product and frustrated you that he kept putting himself over? – Draven

A: Was that the match where the bell never rang to signal the end of the contest? How can I forget that? Technically, that match is still in progress, making it the longest match in history. It was incredibly frustrating (and boring, quite frankly) to see Triple H put himself over at the expense of others on a weekly basis. The things he would do, and say on promos, did his opponents no favors. This differs greatly from the way his idol, Ric Flair, did business in the midst of his NWA title runs. You could argue that his being champion for so long made the title mean more, and that may be so, but during his 434 days reign as champion, I never felt that CM Punk did anything to make his opponents look inferior the way that Triple H did.

Q: I’m not against Rock being around, but I am against him being the WWE Champion. For me, the title still means something and it should only be held by guys who will be around the whole year. I find it ridiculous that The Rock can’t even take 10 seconds on his media rounds to say that he’s wrestling, he’s the WWE Champion or even mention his upcoming title defense vs Cena at WrestleMania. I was hesitant at first, but thought it might end up good for WWE if Rocky gave them some publicity heading into Mania. Do you think Rock hasn’t done his job as WWE Champion? – Justin from Puerto Rico

A: WWE wanted him to be champion. He could have told them to go piss off, but he agreed to it. He’s doing just fine. I would have preferred they at least tape something with him to air during one of those two weeks of Raw that he missed, but that’s WWE’s fault for not thinking of it. I was quite suspect of Rock going on The Tonight Show and not saying a word about WrestleMania or being the champion, but since then, he’s talked wrestling on “Live with Kelly and Michael” and devoted an entire segment to it on Jimmy Kimmel’s show. Rock is doing his job just fine. Believe me, WWE will be more than happy once they tally up this year’s box office for Mania.

Q: I’m pretty sure [Daniel Bryan] and Kane are breaking up soon after WrestleMania. Do you think [Bryan] will be in the main event scene, or will he be placed in a mid-card comedy program with Santino or Hornswoggle? Also, do think he’ll turn heel and transition back to the entertaining “YES” man, or could he try to change it up and turn into a wrestling machine like Kurt Angle later in his late WWE run? – Gareth

A: Everyone has to adapt. You mention Kurt Angle, who went from goofy comedy figure to serious submission machine in the span of a few years. I have no doubt that Bryan could pull off the same if they wanted him to. But right now, the comedy stuff is working, so I say run with it until they actually have a plan for him. The worst thing they could do is break up Hell No and turn Bryan serious without having a direction in mind for him. But I think I can safely say he won’t be feuding with Santino or Hornswoggle, so you can rest easy.

Q: Why do fans give into near falls that aren’t [preceded] by someone’s finish? I just find it strange that we as fans [fall for] the idea that a pinfall can come out of nowhere that doesn’t involve a rollup, GTS, RKO, etc. You would think after the way our brains have been trained we’d know otherwise. – Kenneth

A: That’s a sign you’re watching a great wrestling match with two guys who know what they’re doing. Matt Hardy used the Side Effect as a setup move for years and the fans ALWAYS reacted to it like they thought it was the finish. It always amazed me, but he had the people invested. That’s the magic of pro wrestling.

Q: I just watched Raw from this past Monday. Wow. Just wow. This show sucked and is indicative of where WWE is at right now. I haven’t seen WWE this bad since 1995 when Diesel was champion and we were treated to the likes of T.L. Hopper, Duke “The Dumpster” Droese, and the Dentist Soon To Be Known as Kane. Was WWE 1995 worse than WWE today? – Cliff

A: WWE right now is nowhere near as bad as it was in 1995. I don’t want to say there was nothing redeeming about the product that year because, to be fair, they had some great wrestlers in Bret and Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels, 1-2-3 Kid and Hakushi. Even the pirate guy had a great match with the Hitman, and the Waylon Mercy character is highly underrated, even if Danny Spivey was past his expiration date at that stage of his career. But whatever good there may have been is negated 100 times over by those atrocious gimmicks we were subjected to that year. Could you picture Chris Jericho as The Goon? It almost happened! And let’s not forget Mantaur. I bet Jim Cornette sure wishes he could.

Q: With [the groundhog] lying to us here in the northeast yet again, my question is simple. Does WWE have a backup plan for WrestleMania if the winter weather has not released its grip in the northeast? With the long, elaborate entrances for Mania, what do you think they would do? – Tim from Mechanicsburg, PA

A: Supposedly, they have invested in giant heaters for the stage and ringside area if it’s really cold that night. The rest of us in attendance may freeze our asses off, but otherwise, the show goes on!

Q: Was Ahmed Johnson released from the WWF in 1998 or did he leave on his own? And what’s he up to these days? – Ravonn from NY

A: Ahmed walked out on a Raw taping one night and never came back. He claimed in later interviews the reason he left was because his sister was dying of cancer and he never told Vince McMahon about it. I guess it was a macho thing. As for what he’s up to these days, judging by recent photos, I’d say about 450.

Keep those questions coming to [email protected] and remember to include your name!

  • Jonathansafc

    I’d say I’m against him being champion, but not against him being there. The company’s main title being carried by a part-timer and not being at house shows degrades the value for me.

    • Seachai Chan

      Have him turn heel as a part time champion, that would fresh things up for the show.

      • jccox01

        Can’t have him turn heel if he doesn’t show.

        • Seachai Chan

          They can make him cut promos on the satellite and then show everyone that he still has the championship while not showing up on RAW.

          • Stranger

            His next match after Wrestlemania will be on the satellite.

        • Kenneth Anderson Jr.

          he did in 03 :/

          • jccox01

            Wasn’t that whenever the fans heard he was leaving wwe after his last match so they boo’d him out of the building?

        • BitchAssPwnez95
    • lunchbox87

      agreed i love seeing him back but hate the strap being on him

    • Naveed Sialvi

      at the end of the day this is how it always ends up with wrestling fans. half of you bitch the other half like it, if rock did not come back at all, half of you would bitch, half of you would like it. i have found over the years NO MATTER WHAT STORYLINE someone always complains. just two years ago everyone was riding orton but when he became champ everyone turned against him idk why you guys do it but fuck it

  • MalaysianInvasion

    the last questions wasn’t that funny this time!! but ehh it fine!!

    • God

      really? REAlly?? REALLY???

  • WWEFan4Life

    Im definately against Rocky being the champ, He never shows up on Raw when really he should be there every week, When he does come back, WWE treat it like he hasnt shown up on Raw for the last 40 years, He isnt even all that good in ring (Decent, I would say), he is always doing movies, he is never commited to the WWE and the only reason he is back is because he wants more money and Im sick of him, but then again, every single WWE superstar is there for money but Rock has continous other jobs doing movies all the time, already he gets millions from each movie and then he comes back to WWE for even more money. Another reason why I am against him being champion is that after years of trying really hard just to get a US title shot and then rock comes back for a single night and automatically gets a title shot… When he announced that he would get a title shot when he returned on Raw 1000 it made me sick to my stomach, honestly, I cannot beleive I am saying this, I hope Cena wins @ WM.

    But as long as it keeps the kids hapy (!)

  • raVen

    fully against!
    has he brought in more viewers with his absence?
    has he spiked ratings with his 3minute promo’s of the same old tired ish?
    has he put on 5* amazing matches?
    no! the rock being champion is a slap in the face of the “hard core” fans who tune in week after week and a side note for the kiddies who have no idea wtf he is anyway.
    and the worst part is all this was just to get the belt back on cena…

    • Captain Obvious

      And yet, the Royal Rumble did 498,000 buys, the highest since 2008, the buy rate for the Elimination Chamber is higher, much higher than the previous two events? And while he might not have five star matches, he’s had much better matches with Punk than his WM 28 match with Cena. And maybe this is a way to get the belt back on Cena, but guess what? They’ll make money, because they’re a business. The Rock will be champion and you’ll buy the pay per view and you will justify him holding the championship.

    • Captain Jeff

      Everything that you post, all you do is bitch and moan. Quit watching if you don’t like the product.

  • Ezio

    until WWE Creative gets their head out of whoever’s asses and starts writing some worthy characters I don’t care if Rocky is champion until he’s an old man. Part time or not

  • drnapls2

    To bad Dolph can’t cash in the BITB against Dwayne and John. NEITHER deserve to have the belt right now

  • Don

    Absolutely against it! He doesn’t deserve it!

  • Stranger

    The problem is that the title once again becomes a prop. Not once has the title seemed necessary for this rematch between Rock and Cena. Neither guy has mentioned that the title is a crucial part of this match, and that they actually want to walk out of Wrestlemania with it. More so, it’s merely both guys trying to upstage each other. All Cena has done is talk about redeeming himself while The Rock continues his routine of candy ass you’re gonna get your ass kicked etc.

    The title just sits there in the middle of all this, only for decoration it seems.

    • Stranger

      Also, I don’t believe that just because some people waste 50 dollars on a mediocre show that I’m supposed to keep my mouth shut and applaud them for making their money. I don’t care, I’m a fan and it doesn’t change the way I feel. They can make money without being lazy too.

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      You act as if neither has said a word about the title. Go back and watch the last 2-3 promos each has had. They both bring it up more than once. You’re just another IWC fan looking for smething to bitch about.

  • Kenneth Anderson Jr.
  • Guest

    And here we go again…..

    • Naveed Sialvi

      lmao i guess making wwe what it is today doesnt count. most of these kids dont even remember rock in his prime days and how much of an impact he made

  • Kenneth Anderson Jr.
    • Reality

      stop posting your fu*ing pictures here, it’s getting more and more annoying! You’re on a wrestling site, not friggin 9gag or whatsoever.

  • Meadowe

    I’m against that ugly belt. Rock as champ is fine. it looks bad enough, but the fact that the back of the logo is leather makes it look more like a huge belt buckle than a title belt.

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      Stop complaining about the belt already. It’s better than the old one and I love the fact that the side plates can be changed out. It’s here to stay. Move on.

  • Tammy Price

    i agree the rock shouldnt be champ cause he hasnt been back enough to earn it . there are alot of guys they really should push in main event matches .and besides the rock is a big sell out , he said a while back that he wouldnt go back to wrestling when john cena called him out so why now ?? i just cant stand the rock any more due to that reason and he shouldnt be champ after wm he will be too busy any ways cause he got to go to his movie openings and ect.. is this my feelings and i know alot of people will disagree to each there own

  • thegenius

    its a joke and a stab at fans intelligence to have him as champion. what is he going to do just talk on a mic and what maybe wrestle once a year? to me a champion defends that title on a regular basis is on the show every week, not via satellite just to talk. it is an outright media and publicity grab by wwe.

  • Rick Yuhnke

    I loved the Rock, but I do not like Dwayne Johnson. I find that Dwayne is Hollywood and that is the only reason they asked him to be champ. It sucks for us fans that the chances of seeing the WWE champ at a house show is none. Why even have that title if it is never defended? Well, I guess being Hollywood is worth it for them. We will know after the buyrate of Wrestlemania.

    • TheKillingMoon

      Same fucking person dude.

      • TheKillingMoonSuckDick

        Please shut your bitch ass up! The Rock is the greatest of all fucking time. bitch!

        • TheKillingMoon

          And I should take orders from a fake account? Hilarious. Keep trying.