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In the existence of the WWE there have been only a handful of performers who have had the ability to transcend the barrier between superstars and a global icon.. Very few can claim to be household names, but the Rock is certainly one who is recognized even by non wrestling fans. With the Rock Raw Birthday celebration this week, let’s take a look at the career of this iconic superstar.
During his eight year stint with the company The Rock became possibly the most successful man to step in and out of the squared circle, he gained a legion of fans for his endearing and highly entertaining career not only as a valiant face but as an arrogant heel, and during the way he had a fair bit of say in the direction the company would take for the future.
Despite his awkward start in his early years The Rock quickly became a presence unlike any other, it is arguable that without The Rock the WWE would not be where it is from an advertisement and entertainment standpoint, although Stone Cold may have been the staple man for the ‘Attitude’ era he could never appeal to the wider audience such as The Rock could which is why his entertainment value branched to much larger screens.
It is no surprise that the WWE universe felt angered at the absence of the great one, the manner in which he originally left in a defeat to Bill Goldberg was hardly befitting of a man who many invested hours of viewing time in to. It did not seem appreciative but more the air of a man who has nothing left to care about in an industry where he has done it all.
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The part time WWE appearances afforded to the fans were little more than cameo’s and reminders that he is still around with an exception of The Rock n’ Sock connection once again reuniting only to lose against Evolution at Wrestlemania 20, but to many it wasn’t enough; and as the landscape of wrestling changed so did the viewing audience. So much so that during the build up to Wrestlemania XXVIII, The Rock was for the most part; recognized as a movie star rather than the superstar he once claimed to be.
After such blood and thunder battles with the likes of Triple H, DX, Stone Cold, The Undertaker and Chris Jericho, it was strange to see The Rock stood amidst a sea of John Cena shirts. You could argue that despite what The Rock has done for the industry as a whole, he still ultimately left when he could have stayed and in doing left the baton to the likes of Cena, Orton, The Miz – yet this is not at all a bad indication of Wrestling today.
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What Wrestlemania 27 showed to millions of fans across the world was that The Rock is not finished with the WWE and is quite content on still giving the viewers what they want, albeit with a waiting period. He may never be the Brahma Bull again but the Rock is certainly still the most electrifying man in all of sports entertainment, because he has done what others could not – he opened the door for Wrestlers to be acceptable in today’s society as a household name, it is no coincidence that the WWE pushed other superstars like Kane, John Cena, Batista and RVD in to movie star roles. They are all in one way or another be it in the ring, or behind the screen following in the great ones footsteps..