Originally Posted by TheFranticJane
Rock left that life behind when he went off to Hollywoodland, put on a pink tutu and made a horses ass of himself.
And then he saunters back in and just gets GIVEN a title shot, just gets GIVEN a win over the biggest name in wrestling since Hulk Hogan.
Wrestling is a business that moves quickly, just because you USED to be a somebody, it doesn't give you the right to piss on everyones parade in the here and now.
It was wrong when Hogan did it and it's wrong when Rock's doing it now.
His past contributions do not excuse his glory-hoggishness.
Goddamnit, don't make me do this.
Despite all of my dogging on Cena, I do think that he has the ability to be absolutely captivating (Money in the Bank 2011, ECW One Night Stand vs. RVD). I think that he can wrestle an amazing match (when he puts in his effort), and I think that he's an overall charismatic and important part of the WWE.
I'm only saying this because I don't want you to think that I'm short-selling Cena when I say the rest of this.
First off: Rock, in his years of activity in the WWE, made more of an impact that Cena could EVER
. This is affirmed by the fact that The Rock is one hell of a successful actor, while Cena isn't. This is affirmed by the fact that the audience almost unanimously supports The Rock, while Cena gets the shitty mixed reaction every other week. This is affirmed by the fact that virtually everyone pretty much acknowledges that the 'cream of the crop superstars' (Taker, Austin, Rocky, etc.) of the Attitude Era mean more than the 'cream of the crop superstars' of the present era. I'll gladly support the notion that this generations superstars are mighty fine talented, but I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that The Rock's continued relevance is what proves all of this.
Second of all, I don't get why we have to insult Rock following his dreams in the movie world. He accomplished his dreams in wrestling, and on top of that, he wanted to become an actor. He had to star in some pretty shitty roles (The Tooth Fairy), but eventually, he clawed his way to the top. It's funny how no one calls him out for his blockbuster roles (Fast 5, for example). How can we insult a man who was forced to do some crappy things to rise up? Rock had a shitty gimmick when he first entered the WWF too: should we hold that against him? Hell, Cena's mic skills were good but I'll stress that his old rapper gimmick was pretty fucking stupid at times (I'm sure I'll get slain for holding that opinion, not entirely sure why). Everyone has to work from the bottom. Call out Rock for his 'Pink Tutu' but I'll watch that movie over watching that fucking dreadful Cena promo on this week's RAW.
Rock would not have to be a glory-hog if the superstars of this era were of his caliber, when it comes to downright famousness. I'll hold that some of my favorite superstars are of this era. Some of the best mic-workers and wrestlers ever. But the thing is, if everyone were above Rock in marketability, and overall presence (in the world at large), then he wouldn't be able to saunter in and 'ruin everyone's parade' in the first place. The fact that he matters shows you that the current product has failed. I'll put that blame more on creative than on the wrestlers, but my gut instinct tells me that Cena should have enough pull to be able to make his own promos. In fact, I believe that every promo that guy cracks is his own brainchild. With that in mind, you say that Rock's "past contributions do not excuse his glory-hoggishness".
I say that Cena's "current contributions" don't deserve a top spot, and are a good explanation for why Rock's program with CM Punk is much more captivating than Cena's "I'M GOING TO WIN THE ROYAL RUMBLE!!11" shtick.