Little Poppa Pump
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Manchester, England
Can The Rock really retain the belt at Elimination Chamber?
The Rock winning the gold has many advantages in theory. It immediately attracts a bigger audience to Raw, and it puts a larger spotlight on WWE in the weeks leading up to Wrestlemania. So on paper this makes sense, but if the new champ either can't be bothered/doesn't have the correct schedule due to other commitments, to turn up on Raw, what is the point of him retaining at Elimination Chamber?
Now before I continue, I would like to qualify what I am saying by making clear I am not just saying this as a Punk fan. I respect The Rock and his contribution to the WWE, but I find it totally embarrassing that after 6 months of build up to the Royal Rumble, he finally wins, turns up at one Raw, and then bam, not there all of a sudden.
In the short term, Rock as champ is obviously a good business move, but each Raw that The Rock misses will quite quickly start to damage the impact of the WWE title. And if Rock and Cena want to feud over this belt...well I really don't see the belt being that important come WM29 if the belt is kept off TV.
The WWE belt has never been intended to go to the best wrestler, or even the best all round entertainer, or the best talker. It's simply meant to go to the person, who at the time, is carrying the ball. The one putting asses to seats. So whilst in theory The Rock is the greatest draw of all time...he can't draw if he can't be bothered to show up. I think he needs to drop the belt at EC for the sake of the titles reputation, and his own.
Vincent K McMahon:
"Despite the way I would feel personally about someone, if it's the right business thing to do, I'll do it for our audience."
"Giving it to the audience is probably the easiest thing. Finding out what they truly want is probably the most difficult."
"If you stop building stars, which we never do, you wouldn't be in business."
"We love our fans, so there's nothing we wouldn't do for them, and we go directly to them."
"Again, the nice part about it is that we listen to our fans, and they're the ones who really decide who is ready to break through into that top echelon."