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post #4241 of 9443 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 03:01 PM
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That Rock promo in Miami beats any promo I've seen in the last 10 years in any wrestling promotion.

Rock was just electric that night.

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Damn, I remember how excited I got when I saw that the first time. Crowd ate it up too, moreso than any other taped promo. Usually an audience is pretty dead for satellite promos.

It made me sad seeing how good he still was at delivering a promo but hadn't been live on the show in years. Then, there was the 2009 promo on Smackdown which is another dose of awesome. Then he threw in that little tease at the end about being the guest host of RAW and I lost my shit. I seem to remember reading lots of reports saying that The Rock was going to be the guest host of RAW on January 4th 2010 but plans fell through and they went with Bret Hart instead.

Then we had to wait a whole year before he actually did come back properly. Those were hard times man.
What a travesty that was. It was good seeing Bret but fuck... the state he was in.



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The crowd explosion when they see Rock behind the newspaper is awesome. That was a time when you got excited with every little Rock mention or a shot in video package in hope that it's a sign for something. So to see an actual promo like he did in March 2007, October 2009 and especially HOF 2008 was something special.

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Well, I was right. I didn't know about any of the 2003 appearances so even I went crazy when I watched whole shows a few months ago from that year. That La Resistance appearances was just completely unexpected.

The Evolution/Rock n Sock was awesome while it lasted. Love this segment too. Funny how people say Orton can't cut a good promo if his life depended on it. And the way Foley talks about being beaten down 3-on-1, he makes it sound like it's real!



Orton vs Rock would be so awesome next year!
The Rock/Foley/Evolution program was probably the best in 2004. Started with Orton's rise as a young, arrogant heel against the likable legend Foley. Turned into Rock coming back to help his friend on the biggest stage and ended with Foley as the Hardcore legend against Orton. Character development here was brilliant. The WM20 match was also pure entertainment with the Rock/Flair exchanges stealing the show. Lance Storm rightfully wrote about how that interaction and the match in general should be a prime example in every wrestling school because that kind of fun and crowd investment is what wrestling is all about.

Rock/Eugene was great and the setup for Rock's surprise entrance made the pop even more epic. I will put it second from that time only behind Rock's return to save Foley in Anaheim because of the combination there with JR and King on commentary along with the crowd in insanity with one of the biggest reactions of all time.
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Rock's sprint to the ring to fight Evolution that night he returned 13 days before WrestleMania XX was one of the best returns ever, added with JR's commentary and just how electric that moment felt with the crowd and the heels getting their asses kicked. I love moments like that. Maybe we'll get something similar with Rock/Ryback/Shield.
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post #4244 of 9443 (permalink) Old 12-28-2012, 03:33 PM
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Rock's sprint to the ring to fight Evolution that night he returned 13 days before WrestleMania XX was one of the best returns ever, added with JR's commentary and just how electric that moment felt with the crowd and the heels getting their asses kicked. I love moments like that. Maybe we'll get something similar with Rock/Ryback/Shield.
I hope so.

That night in Atlanta, most of the crowd obviously knew that The Rock was in the building. Signs everywhere, huge Rocky chants etc. But it made the segment that much more special in my opinion. You could feel the anticipation in the air and everyone was just waiting for him to make his entrance. Foley teased it and set it up perfectly by leaving the ring as if he was going to get in touch with Rock only to stop and turn back round to make the reveal. Crowd went molten and rightly so.

Are we safe to assume the crowd in Tampa is going to be majorly hot for Rock on Jan 7th?

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Ric Flair sold that ass kicking like a god.

King legit giggling at Rock mocking Flair. Just a classic segment.
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Ric Flair sold that ass kicking like a god.

King legit giggling at Rock mocking Flair. Just a classic segment.
King was always legit laughing his ass off at anything Rock or Flair did. Putting the two of them together in the ring was gold every time.

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Re: Official The Rock WWE Championship Discussion

Just saw the trailer for 'Pain and Gain'. Looks good.
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King was seriously marking out every time The Rock appeared even as a face. He truly had a blast as an announcer during Hollywood Rock. If only things were as good today as they were in 2003 and 2004.
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Jerry Lawler was a huge Rock fan since day one. Even before his debut in the USWA. He saw the astronomical potential in him as a wrestler and a showman in a way nobody did before, maybe besides Pat Patterson. Lawler also mentioned on the 99-00 DVDs that even when Rock was a babyface and he was a heel announcer he couldn't heel on him completely because he just couldn't stop himself from reacting naturally when watching him perform. If you notice in around mid 1999 when Rock was on a meteoric rise as a babyface, King was throwing some line like "What all these people see in this guy?" just to stay in character and then singing along and laughing from anything Rock did. Jerry Lawler also called The Rock the greatest of all time on numerous occasions and the biggest star of all time in the 90s DVD, as well as the best mic worker and performer he has ever saw. King marking out in the background of Hollywood Rock on a weekly basis just made the magic that was this character even more enjoyable(And even before that during the Corporate Champ run). Awesome chemistry between them without even trying, part of it is the naturalism of it, there was nothing fake or forced, just true feeling and enjoyment on a TV show. Was also nice to hear that Rock gave his $800 shirts to Jerry.

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