The Rock Responds To Critics In WWE, Triple H Reaches Out To Legend

– WWE champion spoke to the Associated Press this week about criticism from the WWE locker room that he’s a part time star taking a top spot in the company.

“For the guys in the locker room, it has to be more than just, ‘I’m ready to carry the company.” he said. “It has to be, ‘I’m ready to carry the company and then I’m ready to carry the company to places it’s never been.’ That’s hard to do considering the precedent that’s already been set.”

has reportedly reached out to the legendary Ivan Koloff about attending WrestleMania weekend. Koloff has a lot of history with Bruno Sammartino and is being considered for the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class.

  • Bushwald Sexyface

    I thought people had stopped bitching about Rock already. Guess I mised that. I can’t wait to see what happens at WM and the night after as far as he and Cena is concerned. I finally feel like this is where they turn Cena. I’ve been wrong about that many times before but I hope I’m not wrong this time.

    The crappy thing is I’m not really all that psyched up about anything else at WM other than Dolph perhaps cashing in. They ruined the Punk/Taker feud, Lesnar and Hunter doesn’t interest me anymore as Lesnar will win, and the rest is just blah. I hope Fandango is worth the hype. Oh, and I hope Ryback is inducted into the HOP. I sound like a super wrestling nerd but I don’t give a damn.

    • jccox01

      I don’t see him going heel, just more of a serious character and if they don’t make him a serious character after wrestlemania then they’re just going to have him be serious at wrestlemania. Ryback is going heel soon (sescoops already put it in an article since wwe’s top stars are taking breaks after WM).

      • fatneal

        ryback isnt going heel…not sure what article your talking about but he isnt going heel…with talks of kofi and orton,and possibly even cena turning heel there is no way ryback is turning especially since theres a glaring lack of strong baby faces already

        • jccox01

          Well before sescoops got wiped there was an article saying many main stars in the wwe were taking a break after WM so they were going to make some heel / babyface changes and ryback was one of them that they were talking about turning heel.

      • Bushwald Sexyface

        Just because it was in an article does not mean it will happen, especially when the article is on a dirt sheet. Don’t be so gullbile to what you read on these sites. Yes, they get information correct. But they also get it wrong just as much. Not targeting SES specifically, just dirt sheets in general.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.rael.9 Jacob Rael

      Hard to not bitch at him when he is the champion and cant be on the main show every week

      • Bushwald Sexyface

        Obviously, you’re one of the people who fail to realize the exposure he’s bringing to WWE even when he’s not on the show. He’s in the #1 freaking movie in the world right now. That’s more important than being on the show and I can imagine Vince is beyond thrilled with it. That extra exposure brings in new eyes and brings back old ones which then gives a chance for the new/younger talent to keep them around. Frankly, there’s nothing negative about the way they are going about the WWE title right now. If they put the strap back on Cena on Sunday, it’s a horrible business move unless they manage to turn him at the same time.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jacob.rael.9 Jacob Rael

          I know what exposure he brings but that doesnt mean I have to like the fact that he is the champion and we are being Honored whenever he is on the show I pray they put the strap back on cena at least he will be on the show every week

          • Bushwald Sexyface

            You’re reasoning for wanting Cena to have the strap is absurd. If anything, you come off as nothing more than a Cena fanboy or you just hate Rock because he does more than just wrestle. It’s quite pathetic honestly.

          • fatneal

            facepalm

        • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

          Does Cena sell tickets? Yes. Does Cena move merch? Yes! Does Cena elicit a reaction every week? Yes. You have to have all three of those qualities to be WWE Champion. I don’t see how Cena being champion would be a horrible business decision. BTW, not a fanboy. Just a realist.

          • Bushwald Sexyface

            Does he do all of those things without holding the belt? Yes. /argument.

          • http://www.facebook.com/naveed.sialvi Naveed Sialvi

            and then when he does win everyone will whine about cena remember PAC? i do. remember when everyone would cheer the heel orton kicking the crap out of cena. i do. i dont want to go back to 2009. the people that complain about the rock being champion dont know shit they are just being sheep to what cm punk started saying…it boggles my mind how someone can complain about the great one who is as big as hulk hogan but i guess everyone has to find a reason to bitch.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

            Sadly no matter what heel you put against Cena…he will be cheered and more than likely…turned face eventually. I’m not against either man being champion. Its gonna happen whether anyone likes it or not.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

        The champion not being there every week is not a bad thing.

      • Bushwald Sexyface

        The most hilarious thing about people like you that whine about this is that, in the AE and the days of great WWE business, the champion generally WASN’T on the show every single week. This was done purposely to keep the person from becoming stale. Younger or newer fans don’t realize this because all they have seen is Cena being there every week whether he holds the strap or not. Rock himself would have become stale if he had been there every single week in the past 3 months. But hey, wtf do I know about wrestling and the way the buesiness has worked? I’ve only been a fan for 25 years.

    • fatneal

      dude you literally named everything i think and/or expect from wm29….ok well i wont say i dont care at all about taker/punk but what i will say is i only am interested in it to see if wwe has the balls to give taker a loss….the “wrestling historian elitist” of the internet would flip out over the loss or take the cmpunk obsession to crazier dellusional heights…either way it will be some of the funniest cyber bitching and trolling situations ever!

    • http://twitter.com/StrayXPunk Orestis

      In what way did they ruin the Punk / Taker feud?Im one of the people that was against the Rock as a champ but i see things better now!But other than that i dissagree with you on the wrestlemania.It sounds ok.Im surpriced people still bitch about that ( see what i did there…)

      • Bushwald Sexyface

        To me, they ruined the feud by including Bearer and his death in it. They didn’t need to do that. The feud was ready-made with the best in the world vs the streak storyline and the promos the 2 could have had about it. Instead, we got lousy, tasteless work from Punk and an urn.

  • lunchbox87

    Well Rock its hard for guys to get their shot at carrying the company when people come back and taking spots ,, and that Vince keeps cashing in on the past

    • fatneal

      dude rock didnt wrestle for what 7 or 8 years….thats a long time for a company to basically only stay a float….i swear you internet fans just dont get the bigger picture….

      why do you think hbk is brought in right before wrestlemania every year to hype a match? why is lesnar offered so much money on a limited schedule? why does vince rely on undertaker every year for wrestlemania? instead of viewing part timers as something negative try to think of why they are needed in the first place….the roster cant cut it… its that simple…most are just a bunch of delusional marks (zack ryder) who think because theyve been wrestling for years they deserve a title or to carry a billion dollar company as the main guy…al snow sums these idiots up the best

      • lunchbox87

        Most of the current roster are not even given a fair shot they have plenty of talent and if used right they could carry the company im not gonna say Ryder should be the champ and the face but he could be put on tv more granted he needs a better gimmick but the guy does have talent along with many others you don’t need guys like the Rock or Brock or any others to make the product better .. they are not gonna be there forever its nice to have them on from time to time but they need to build the roster they have

        • fatneal

          to your point that most of the roster isnt given a fair shot i say thats false…thats only true for a select few…most of the roster is given a chance to some degree…wait wait wait zack ryder is a guy youre vouching for? LOL tyson kidd maybe but zack ryder wow dude…listen man to wwe credits when they have guys who “get it” and/or can be packaged right it works…check out a guy like brodus clay…he was given a silly gimmick but he bought into the character and now he a solid midcarder…ziggler is another example of a guy given a cheerleader gimmick and is now a year or two away from being a top guy in the company…ryback reinvented himself and now hes a top guy…the shield are guys who “get it” and that why they were pushed fast and have been successful….now take a guy like sheamus who basically wasted his push…my point is wwe for the most part gives those who are deserving of a push the chance to prove themselves very few ever take advantage or are too dumb to realize their window of opportunity….oh one last thing you want to know the reason wwe is scared to push guys to the moon? BROCK LESNAR! BATISTA! HOGAN! THE ROCK! Y2J!…all these guys were made certified celebs in wwe and then at some point put wwe second in priority….that puts vince in a weird position because you push guys to fast or too far and they leave the company when/if the company depends of them….to be fair i feel like the rock, y2j, and hogan went about it the right way…batista and lesnar were straight up disrespectful the way they used wwe and left

          • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

            I can’t say I completely agree with your last statement. Batista & Lesnar left mainly due to burn out. The same reason Jericho left in the first place. Its easy for us to say they disrespected WWE on their way out because we never had to endure the travel they do. Its easy to make that assessment. Did they hold the company up for more money like Jeff Jarrett did for 1999? No they didn’t. The just chose not to renew their contract when time came up. Both Batista and Lesnar left on good terms. They finished out their commitments and left. Nothing wrong with that.

          • fatneal

            nothing wrong with being burned out BUT jericho was always under appreciated in wwe…they never gave him his proper credit as a draw…im saying that to say wwe never put the company on his back and never really had to because y2j was there in his prime at a time when wwe had a loaded roster…lesnar and batista were new guys who got the push of a lifetime and wwe was depending on them but they left…thats wrong and irresponsible dude…wait wait wait LOL did you say jeff jarrett held the wwe up? wow LOL too funny…dude where are you getting this crap from? how was jarrett every relevant enough to do that? in 1999 when the roster was loaded thats literally not possible…id really like to hear you break that down for me lol…anyway back to dave and brock now sure they didnt breach contract and all that but it was wrong man…at a time when the top guys were leaving due to injury or age or whatever and vince was lookin for the next big thing so he invested in them and didnt get the return for his investment…as a wrestling fan you should know two years of building a guy up is needed to solidify him as a top guy…as soon as they got to the top they left…its just like if cmpunk left right now and never came back…the last 2 years would have been wasted on nothing because hes been the focus mostly…the push wwe gives certain guys should be paid back with appreciation and dedication to the company in my opinion…if your vince and you know guys can leave you high and dry once you build them up and make them stars wouldnt you hold them back for as long as possible too? i know i would…think about it if you rush and push a guy and he becomes a top guy in a year and then leaves you only got a year outta him..but if you stall and keep him as a mid-carder for 2 years then push him on the 3rd youve made way more money off that investment…just saying

          • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

            In 1999…Jeff Jarrett was the Intercontinetal Champion. He was supposed to drop the title to Chyna at No Mercy. His contract lapsed one night before therefore didn’t even have to show up before he left for WCW. He held the company up for a uncertain amount of money or he wasn’t dropping the title. You say he didn’t get a return for his investment? I’m sure he did. Batista was in WWE for 8 years. They made money off him. Lesnar was there for 2 years the first time around. They made money off him. If they made money off either of them then it wasn’t a waste of time. The goal of the wrestling business is to make money. If they wasn’t making money for WWE then they would have been pulled from the position long before they left. You have to strike while the iron is hot in wrestling. That guy could be hot in his first year but if you wait too long….it could simmer before that last year and the people just wont care as much. That is what is happening with Dolph Ziggler. Dolph started to get hot in my opinion round 2010. If they don’t pull the trigger on him soon…..they could lose it all together. If I was in the booking position…I would have pushed Dolph to the moon at the beginning of 2011 instead of Alberto Del Rio. I like Del Rio but for me he would have never rose above upper midcard. I just can’t see him as main event. I could see him in the match before the main event. Wrestling is a hard business to book….even harder to look down the road and predict what is gonna happen. You have to strike while the iron is hot like they did with Batista and Lesnar.

          • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

            You are right. Jericho was underutilized….but he has said many times in both books….Wrestling isn’t the only thing he wants to do in life. Can’t fault him for that.

    • Bushwald Sexyface

      No it isn’t, Not when said person leaves with more eyes on the product than before. It’s up to the young talent to seize the moment. How do you think Austin and Rock became huge? They seized the moments available to them. They didn’t whine and bitch.

      • Vince

        Thank toy for the valid point!! I think the IWC loves to forget that part of it. These younger guys need to step their game up and seize the moment when it’s given to them so that they can earn the right to work 15 days a year and get a huge paycheck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/tomwing77 Thomas Wing

      “Cashing in” That is what wrestling about. Its about making money when you are on Vince’s side of things. That is SMART business and why he is still in business.

  • tpowers06

    i wish rock, brock, would wrestle on raw and smackdown for once that would be nice

    • fatneal

      i agree….add taker and hhh

  • CHRIS

    Ivan Koloff and THE IRON FREAKIN SHEIK!

  • sdelfin

    Over the years, WWE ratings have been falling a bit, even to a point where there are reports that Vince and creative panic over a specific bad rating. They’ve been using part-time wrestlers on Wrestlemania for a while now. Nothing is wrong with that. But they’ve done little, if anything, to improve the product and make it more compelling so that it keeps the viewers that guys like Lesnar and the Rock bring in. When those guys are off TV, what’s to stop the ratings and buyrates from going back down when it’s just business as usual? From that perspective, I can understand the resentment some guys might have.

  • Chicho

    Are you guys forgetting the alberto and swagger match is one of the main events? No wonder you guys say part-timers are taking the spotlight. Just a thought