Little Poppa Pump
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Manchester, England
Re: Can The Rock really retain the belt at Elimination Chamber?
Nothing did and will ever do more damage to the WWE title than what they did last year, having a WWE champion in the midcard.
If that's not enough they presented another guy who wrestled in the main event instead of the champion as someone who had the worst year ever in his career. I don't know what can damage more the impact of the title than what they did last year.
Vince treated the WCW title 2001 with more respect than his own title 11 years later. Hell, even Eric Bischoff with the WWE title during the Monday Night Wars (one of the biggest nightmares of Vince) would threat the title with more respect.
Back to topic, the win of the Rock is just a formality because the WWE champion needs to be somehow involved on a PPV before WrestleMania. They already plan Cena vs Rock so it doesn't make sense having Punk winning the belt. Even if they plan a triple threat match it would not make sense for having the Rock losing the title to CM Punk and having only a 1 month title reign when the next PPV after this is already WrestleMania.
Yes, you make a very good point. It was damaging to the title, and to Punk, having him in the midcard for much of his entire reign.
And yes, Rock retaining seems like such a formality, to build for twice in a lifetime. I just find it a shame that what is supposed to be the most unpredictable part of the year has been turned into the most predictable. Swerves can, and do, happen.. there is still time for a swerve. But the chances of this happening are very minimal.
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