Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Apr 2012
Re: Questions about The Rock's career.
1) . . As a main eventer he turned the following times:
Heel – Nov 98
Face – April 99
Heel – Jan 03
Face – March 04
That’s not many during a 5 year period. Even as a Heel he would get cheers, although there were matches where he was booed as a face (vs Austin, Jericho, Hogan, Flair & Brock).
2) . . It wasn’t just The Rock. In 99 – 2000 everyone had short reigns, the title changed hands a lot. Even Austin only got two March – May and June – August in 99. If you’re over enough you don’t really need a long run, especially as a Face.
But you're right he was not as protected as other top guys have been but I don't think he needed nor wanted to be. 99 was the best example of this: I remember him getting choke slammed through a table then pinned with one foot by Big Show. Would also get beat down in brawls by DX, Dudleys, Corporation etc until Austin, Taker, Mankind, Kane or whoever made the save. He even once got pinned after an X-PAC spinning heel kick lol. His only singles PPV pin fall victories were over Billy Gunn (Summerslam) and Bulldog (No Mercy). Other wins were in the I quit rumble match and DQ's over HHH at over the edge and Outlaws at Armageddon. He got pinned twice by HHH, twice by Austin and once by Taker on PPV that year.
3) . . The only guys that beat him and he didn’t get the win back are Brock, Goldberg and Hurricane (I think lol). Except for them and HBK, who he never wrestled, he’s beaten anyone who was a main eventer during 98 – 03 at least once on PPV: Austin, Hogan, HHH, Taker, Angle, Kane, Mankind, Jericho, Big Show, Benoit, Booker T. Also beat guys like Flair, Guerrero, Shamrock, Edge, RVD on Raw/ SD etc.
Actually, I don’t think he beat Kane or Show one on one on PPV but I know he has more wins over them than vice versa. Also although he only beat Stone Cold one on one once he did beat him clean. Austin never beat Rock clean even back in 99.
Also has the legacy enhancing win over Cena obviously.