If anyone were to ask me who I thought was going to win between CM Punk and The Rock, I would have said CM Punk every time. It’s no secret that The Rock is a part-time wrestler, and there would be absolutely no point in giving the WWE World Title to a part-time wrestler who is only biding his time until his next movie role begins filming. So color me surprised that the WWE went ahead and put the World Title on The Rock at the Royal Rumble.
Obviously, this makes things pretty crystal clear of what is going to transpire over the next three months of WWE programming; with John Cena being the winner of the Royal Rumble and can choose which championship he wants to go for, there’s no question he’s going after The Rock, and at the same time, hope to avenge his loss at last year’s Wrestlemania, as well as win the World Title. Cena will win this year, as The Rock will no doubt have some movie obligation to do by April. This subsequently sets up an instant Punk/Cena feud, where Punk can cite that Cena has never beaten him for the title, and that he wants it back.
But what the point of writing about wrestling today isn’t so much current events as much as it is just musing about how much the WWE has changed in recent times. I used to believe, and justifiably, by these rules when it came to watching WWE programming:
- Part-time wrestlers never beat full-time wrestlers
- You never win in your hometown
- The business always comes out on top
It’s occurred to me that just about all of these are hardly the case anymore, and that more or less the company has done a complete 180 in regards to how these things are handled. I can’t necessarily say I agree with the choices the WWE makes, but seeing as how they’re as strong as ever and are the ever-adapting entertainment machine it really doesn’t matter in the end.