Acknowledged by SCOTT STEINER
Join Date: Dec 2010
Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Maybe it's good that I only watched Cena/Rock once. I thought it was fine. Not a MOTY, not MOTN, but then I thought Punk/Jericho was the best on the show.
The opening was hot, and the callbacks to Hogan/Rock were fun. They wound up letting Rock get over on Cena more than I expected and both guys played their characters well until Rock wore out. I forgave the Bearhug spot since I imagined Rock needed the rest, though I can imagine it breaking things for others. I didn't mind them working the STF/Sharpshooter stuff at all, and actively liked how close Rock looked to losing around there. They had several good counters, like Cena refusing to take the People's Elbow early and winding up going for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. I also agree with Seabs that the attempted finisher-fest at the end was standard procedure, but it's standard procedure because main eventers doing it is fun, especially for the first time between two stars as big as these. Not even on my favorite matches of the year list, but I think some folks are being a little too hard on it.