Saturday, September 17, 2011

Rockin' the Survivor Series

Photo from WWE.com
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

So the Rock and John Cena will be joining forces and teaming up with three other superstars at the Survivor Series in two months.  The funniest thing to be about this announcement is the fact that it was put out there BEFORE the Intercontinental title match at Night of Champions between Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. That pay per view by the way is Sunday.

Anyway, this announcement of the Rock and Cena teaming up is by no means breaking news.  And let me be clear with this, I love the Rock.  I really do.  But what I don't love is the fact that in all likelihood this match will see Rock and Cena going over.  We've discussed this in the past, we're not big fans of seeing guys from the past come back and be put over the current active roster.  It's bad for business in the long run.  Yes, there's a quick buzz from the Rock coming back.  But next year at this time when he's making the Tooth Fairy 2 or Fast and the Furious 6, what happens to the five superstars that are on the receiving end of he and Cena's onslaught?

Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan at Survivor Series 1990
Maybe I'm putting the cart before the horse.  Maybe these two won't go over, and they'll end up eliminating one another from the match in some sort of lame count out scenario.  But in all honesty, I'm picturing something like this at the end of the night------------------------>

That's former rivals turned buddies Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan nearly 21 years ago the 1990 Survivor Series.  The two had just beaten a team of heel survivors from the earlier matches.  (Tito Santana was also on the Hogan-Warrior team, but was eliminated)

Anyway, I picture the Rock and Cena playing the Hogan-Warrior roles, only with one of them doing their finisher moments after the two hold each other's arms up in victory.

Rocky Mavia's debut at Survivor Series 1996
I guess it somewhat makes sense to have the Rock back on Survivor Series on a couple of counts.  It's where he made his WWE debut 15 years ago.  Same building, same pay per view.  It should be an epic night.  Adding someone with so much star power will most certainly help make the Survivor Series feel like a Big 4 pay per view again too.  Let's face it, in recent years, the show has lacked that big time feel.  And it's sad that I have to Google it to find the results, as I can't remember what happened a year ago.  Yet I could sit here and give you all the results from that first year with no problem.  Tell you all the teams, etc.

So as you can see, I'm flip flopping on this issue.  I'm a fan of the Rock.  I enjoy watching him come back, but at the same time I don't want to see the WWE use guys that are there 365 who are trying to make a name for themselves be fed to him and made to look like fools.

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