Justin Barr



OK it’s been a little while since I written anything for this fine site and I’ve been thinking of what to write about for my first blog back. Summerslam predictions, Aces and Eights, Brock Lesner’s impact on the WWE.
All worthy topics of discussion but there has been something that has been bothering me for quite some time and I feel now is the right time to say it.

Quite frankly I have found myself irritated and bored by the reaction and fuss that the Rock has received since ‘returning’ to the WWE especially since he is one of the most overrated performers of all time.

Big statement I know, but let me explain what I mean.

Firstly I must start by saying I’ve not always disliked the Rock, I can’t deny his instrumental involvement during the Attitude Era and his matches with HHH, Steve Austen and Mick Foley were some of the most entertaining in wrestling history.

But the Rock was never the in-ring performer that the fans seemingly perceive him to be or to have once been.
He possess possibly the worst looking punches in wrestling and oversold a little too much for my liking. Every time Austin hit the Stunner, Rocky would do that silly back flip which although compelling the first time round, grew very dull by the hundredth.
And while I’m at it, I have never understood why the crowds get so excited for the People’s Elbow? Its quite possibly the worst finishing move in wrestling simply because it’s a simple elbow drop THAT EVERYBODY DOES!

Then on the other hand you have John Cena who is berated for his “lack of in-ring ability” when in hindsight he’s moveset is no worse than most of the top superstars to pass trough the WWE.
Look back and you’ll see Austin only had a handful of real offensive moves, as did HHH as did Bret Hart as did The Rock. So what’s wrong with the “Five Moves of Doom”? Puzzling to say the least.

As much as I could go on bashing the Rock for his in-ring inabilities, I have found his promo work to be even more overrated.
For someone who has been labeled the greatest promo guy ever, I can’t help cringe any time he opens his mouth.
Why do I hate the Rock’s promos? I simply find him overly repetitive and self indulgent to the point where it becomes boring and he takes all the excitement out of the angle.

His constant referral to himself in the third person makes him sound arrogant and needy. Whenever I hear him say “The Rock says …” or “The Rock is blah blah blah” all I hear is “Me, me, me, look at me!”
It’s a poor crutch to have for the supposed best talker in the business.


Worse still is his dependency on silly rhymes and childish insults to get him through a segment. I’m not taking a shot at his catchphrases, every wrestler has one, but if you listen closely you’ll realize that the Rock never really has anything to say on any matter other than maybe when a match will take place.

Superstars like Austin, Foley and more recently John Cena and CM Punk have the ability to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions with their promos whereas the Rock is more concerned with plugging his terrible movies and getting something trending on Twitter.

The feud with Cena is a prime example of the Rock’s lack of promo skills when the two most ‘charismatic’ wrestlers where supposed to build the biggest match in history.

Cena pulled out unquestionably the best promos of his career when hyping their Wrestlemania encounter whilst the Rock floundered and commented on Cena’s choice of in-ring colours.
Fruity Pebbles… wow you really showed him Rock, way to build a main event by calling your opponent cereal. How intimidating, how original, how remarkable from the so-called People’s Champion.

Peoples Champion? He wasn’t even in the same building on most occasions, which was very disheartening, and a little insulting for those who had invested their time into the feud.

“The Rock will respond to John Cena tonight!” was a fortnightly phrase on RAW.
“Oh but it will be via satellite because the Rock’s busy yadda yadda yadd…”

Admittedly, the match itself wasn’t terrible but the outcome didn’t really matter as Cena had already proven himself the better performer having blown the Rock away every single week leading into it.

Now with the Rock’s place confirmed for the Rumble (and possibly Wrestlemania) can we expect anything more than the same repetitive self obsessed promos and non-appearances leading into the WWE’s two major PPV’s?
Probably not.
But I’ll still be watching (and complaining) so more the fool me.

I realize many of the things I have said throughout this blog will gain some negative feedback but it is something I truly feel and not something I have written just to annoy readers. As always your responses are appreciated.
SweetStunnerPain(SSP)
....hmmmm interesting points..
1 question, how do feel about "Hulk Hogan"?
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Angela Arnold
That old fart? Needs to check into a home somewhere lol
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Adam Troy Brown
They need a wrestling company that they could employ all the old timers who are still involved in the business. So that would include Undertaker, Hogan, Flair, Rock, Sting, Angle, and others who are way past their prime but love the business so much that they cannot step away from it and allow for ...
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Angela Arnold
Yeah for behind the scenes stuff and taking REALLY small bumps. Not wrestling full matches, because some people done wanna see that.
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Angela Arnold
Dont
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Adam Troy Brown
I think about the only one that I mentioned that is really active and still way beyond his prime is Angle. I am not sure how old he is but I would guess no doubt mid 40's. I know Hogan is in his 50's and so is Flair. Sting may be around 50, but he is only part time. Angle still seems to have it ...
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Angela Arnold
Flair is 63 lol. And neither flair oris hogan have a "itch" for the biz. They just broke lol they need the $$$
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Dee Thomas
I agree but I think the only ones on that list that should stay away for good are Hogan and Flair. They just don't know when to say when. I think all the others can still put on a good match
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Adam Troy Brown
Have you ever thought that they have been in the business for so long that it is the only thing they really know. I am not sure about Hogan and his reasoning for staying around but I am sure it no doubt has to do with money. And it may be also true with Flair as well. But I honestly believe that ...
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Angela Arnold
Flair might love it, but he doesn't love it that much. WWE couldn't pay him what he was asking for. Like of course they could afford it but its like JTG going in and demaning vince to pay him a million. Its stupid and makes no sense because he doesn't do anything. That's kinda how it was. HHH has sa...
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Dee Thomas
Yea it seems like Flair has had a wife for every title reign he's had lol. His latest wife beat his ass apparently. But I think he needs the money just like Hogan
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relent
This is my biggest problems with fans that like to hate on The Rock. They hate when wrestlers stick around forever but when wrestlers look a backup plan so they won't be out there wrestling forever they shit on them too. The Rock is still more entertaining to watch than almost the entire wwe roster...
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Dee Thomas
thats a great point relent
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Erik Poulsen
Jack, Your opinion of The Rock tells me that you weren't old enough, or didn't watch RAW from 2008-2003. The Rock was and is arguably the most charismatic wrestler of all time, and has had many classic matches with many more big names than even Cena. The Rocks is more capable of performer a more ver...
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Good point Erik. You'll find that alot on this site though, but I am 36 and I think Jack does a good job and does have alot of good points. I am still a Rock fan, but he is a little overrated. He got schooled by John Cena in his promo work leading into Wrestlemania and I hate Cena with a passion. He...
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tyre t
@relent: See it's not that type of thinking we have when we do hate, we hate people that stick around and expect to be at the top, when they need to sit down; that is when we begin to hate. On the other hand, we hate people that leave for years, come back and are automatically inserted into the top ...
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
I have to disagree with that point and that is where I have a problem with some of the younger crowd that frequent this site. They tend to forget or aren't old enough to really respect some of the wrestlers that paved the way for the business today. Without guys like The Rock and Steve Austin, there...
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tyre t
I've seen Rock, Loved Rock, Cheered for Rock, Rock was my favorite wrestler at one point in time for the longest. I just hate how there are up and coming stars that get a push then a "Legend" shows up and Destroys their push then walk away. That's why we like Jericho so much, he gives and gives, lea...
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Whose push did he destroy? Great on Jericho though. Couldn't agree more on that one.
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Dee Thomas
I think one of the reasons Cena was better than Rock on the promos are because Rock wasn't really allowed to be Rock being PG and everything, but he tried. I'm not taking anything away from Cena because he's excellent on the mic but since he's been in WWE he's been doing promo work based on the PG r...
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tyre t
I was probably talking out of my ass with the destroyed push thing, lol, nut when i think about it He kinda killed miz during Cena and Miz's WM fight, Miz was a nobody during that entire "Road to Wrestlemania" bit even though he was WWE Champion.
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
Good point on the Miz thing but I think the wwe was trying to capitialize on the ongoing twitter war between rock and cena. @Dee Thomas: I think the problem with The Rock and his promos is that they are mostly written for him and when he is in the ring and someone comes at him, he stumbles and he st...
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Dee Thomas
if thats the case, they need to let Rock be Rock
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Jake "Mr. 24/7" Russell
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Jack Hill
Dear Erik, please dont assume anything, I've been watching wwf/wwe since 1997. thanks for making a non point and making yourself known as a rock mark.
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Jack Hill
Jacob R, thank you very much for your feedback, I'm a big fan of your blogs and take your comments with high regards.
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Jack Hill
"The Rocks is more capable of performer a more versatile moveset than Cena"... please if you are going to comment then try to write something coherent.
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