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Old 09-25-2012, 03:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Celebrating The People's Champ : The Rock's 25 Greatest Matches

I was never The Rock's biggest fan. As a matter of fact, for the longest while I downright hated Dwayne Johnson , citing him as overrated as an in ring performer and questioning his passion and commitment to the business in general. The fact that he went over in the main event of Wrestlemania XXVIII still upsets me , but nevertheless I decided to put a little list together (ala Clique) showing off 25 of "The Great One's" best matches and in-ring performances. Given his genetic gifts and unbelieveable athleticism , mixed with his god-given gift to entertain, The Rock has shown us over the years that he is one of the greatest entertainers this business has ever seen, and on a personal note I believe that the Rock can lay claim to being one of the business's true "total packages" when in the ring with the right opponent (SCSA,HHH,Jericho,Benoit,Foley,ETC).

Personal bias aside, I respect the Rock and his contributions to the business, giving it his all for years to entertain us. This should be seen as my tribute to a true legend in WWE lore, and even though The Rock wasn't exactly known for his workrate, he put on some damn good matches from timt to time. So here's my list , be sure to comment and let me know what you think is too high, too low, and what I missed from the list altogether. I hope that The Rock does the right thing and gives back to the business by putting over Cena or Punk at Wrestlemania (Wrestlemania XXVIII would look ALOT better in my eyes that way) , as I feel that would put the exclamation mark on this man's legacy , and allow me to say Thank You Dwayne.




Celebrating The People's Champ : The Rock's 25 Greatest Matches


1. The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin ( Wrestlemania X-7) : *****
2. The Rock vs Triple H (Ironman Match ; Judgement Day 2000) : **** ½
3. The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin (Wrestlemania XIX) : **** ½
4. The Rock vs The Undertaker vs Kurt Angle (Vengeance 2002) : **** ½
5. The Rock vs Mankind (I Quit Match ; Royal Rumble 1999) : **** ¼
6. The Rock vs Triple H (Backlash 2000) : **** ¼
7. The Rock vs Triple H (Ladder Match ; Summerslam 1998) : ****
8. The Rock vs Chris Benoit (Fully Loaded 2000) : ****
9. The Rock vs Chris Jericho (No Mercy 2001) : ****
10. The Rock vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan (Wrestlemania X-8) : ****
11. The Rock vs Chris Jericho (Royal Rumble 2002) : ****
12. Team WWF vs Team Alliance (Traditional Survivor Series Match ; Survivor Series 2001) : ****
13. The Rock vs Mick Foley vs Triple H vs The Big Show (Four Way Elimination ; Wrestlemania 2000) : ****
14. The Rock vs Steve Austin vs Triple H vs Kurt Angle vs The Undertaker vs Rikishi (Hell in a Cell) : ****
15. The Rock vs Brock Lesnar (Summerslam 2002) : *** ¾
16. The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin (Backlash 1999) : *** ¾
17. The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin (Wrestlemania XV) : *** ¾
18. The Rock vs John Cena (Once in a Lifetime ; Wrestlemania XXVIII) : *** ½
19. The Rock vs Mankind (Last Man Standing ; IYH : St. Valentine’s Day Massacre) : *** ½
20. The Rock vs Kurt Angle (No Way Out 2001) : *** ½
21. The Rock/Mick Foley vs Randy Orton/Ric Flair/Batista (Handicap Match : Wrestlemania XX) :*** ½
22. The Rock/Chris Jericho vs Steve Austin/Kurt Angle (Smackdown 2001) : *** ½
23. The Rock vs Triple H (2/3 Falls ; Fully Loaded 1998) : *** ½
24. The Rock vs Chris Benoit ( Raw 2000) : *** ½
25. The Rock vs Triple H (Strap Match ; Fully Loaded 1999) : *** 1/2



Most Underrated Match : The Rock vs Chris Jericho (Royal Rumble 2000)
Most Overrated Match : The Rock vs Kurt Angle (No Way Out 2001)

Personal Favorite Match : The Rock vs Triple H (JD 00)
Personal LEAST Favorite Match (In Rock's Career) : The Rock vs Triple H vs Kurt Angle (SS 00)
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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People always go on about him and Stone Cold but his in ring and on screen chemistry with Triple H was so underrated. All the makings of a great rivalry were there and should been taken to a bigger stage IMO.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Great list, though i'd personally put that Backlash match at number 1. It's not his most historically significant match, but it's certainly my favorite of his.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Great list and for the most part, accurate. I would place FL2000 in the top 5 but otherwise, pretty good. And I happen to agree with you on that The Rock/Angle at NWO 01 is overrated. It's a good match just not the classic some have been talking about.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Might give Rock/Undertaker/Angle from Vengeance another watch because I don't remember it being as good as you've ranked it, great list though.

HHH and Rock had some fantastic chemistry together, personally I'd put the Ladder match above the Backlash match but the Ironman match is definitely the best match between the two
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Do people really rate Rock/Angle from NWO '01 as being incredible? The only thing I remember about that match is the botched ending with Earl clearly hitting 3 but the match continuing.

For the most part I agree with that list as far as the matches listed, and not necessarily the star ratings or rankings. I'd be here for hours debating that.

I do personally feel that Rock's greatest match should be one that he actually won, and I'd go with him vs HHH at Backlash 2000. Awesome contest, Rock was a fighting underdog, and that ending is one of, if not the best finish in the history of the WWE.

I've always felt Rock/Austin at Mania 17 is very overrated. The environment was spectacular and the buildup was intense, but I always thought the match was somewhat of a platform for Austin to beat down Rock in his home state of Texas and walk out as Champion no matter what. That last part was obviously key to the finish, but go back and watch the match to understand what I mean by the match being a platform for Stone Cold. Anyone else realize how LITTLE actual offense Rock got in that match, only really fighting back in the last few minutes of a near 30-minute match?
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I agree with the sentiment that Rock/HHH rivalry is incredibly underrated, especially by the Internet fans. People always talk about Rock/Austin as great but IMO Rock/HHH was simply better in every way.

The Backlash match should be Top 3, otherwise agreed with everything mostly. Great list. Repped.
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