Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Sep 2012
Re: Official The Rock vs. CM Punk Discussion Thread
Sweet Jesus, is that what it has come down to?
Yabba Dabba Bitch, Fruity Pebbles, Kung Pao Bitch, Cookie-Puss……
Rock has always had a meta- element to his persona, but he used to at least inhabit his character and allow people to invest or find some level of reality in it.
Since he has returned, his character has lost an element it once had, in my opinion, as he seems to slide in and out between "The Rock" and this "Smiling Dwayne Johnson" persona, constantly letting us know that he is "entertaining" us in the middle of a match building promo, and it just makes his whole schtick when he is being the Rock seem particularly forced and manufactured.
The Rock persona used to work in my view because, as ridiculous as it could seem at times, Johnson took it seriously and stayed in character when he was in the ring.
It just seems a shame these days that a creative guy like Dwayne Johnson is happy to recite such silly lines, and its also a shame that the fans these days are so starved of something worth cheering that they will not only accept it, but actually chant it in arenas and tweet it around the internet.
It makes wrestling fans look like such mindless followers to be so ready to chant whatever meaningless slogan he comes up with next. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with fans cheering for whoever they like, but it just seems as though there are certain segments of fans who will literally cheer and chant no matter what Rock says, without stopping to think whether it is actually good or not.
The way Rock talks these days gets more and more ridiculous because everybody knows that no man actually talks that way, and for me, it takes that special spark out of a genuinely great promo that gets you truly invested in a believably authentic conflict.
Obviously, Rock still makes it work to a certain extent, as he is still speaks well and has presence, but I am really hoping in this current stint that he rises above this silliness and either gets serious or gets more creative.