Rock’s Rant: WWE Legend Brings Life Back To The Sport…For Now

By Rock Mamola–

It is good to feel like a child again…

When I was a kid, growing up I knew three things and three things only. My love of the sport of baseball, my passion for music, and watching WWF (at the time) Wrestling with my dad. Instead of growing up following the great Walter Payton, I grew up wearing the bright yellow tank top and headband which read Hulkamania. I ate my vitamins and said my prayers and followed the guidance of a steroid ingesting Hulk of a man first over any guidance my parents would give me before the age of ten.

Of course growing up through high school Hulk Hogan grew out of style and old, but I still kept with the sport (and yes, it is a sport) to find a new character to mimic. Like many I fell in with the Austin 3:16 and D-Generation X crowds because of their anti-establishment mentality when it came to everything they did. I morphed from a man who preached a message of staying fit to admiring the outlaws of the sport.

Of course we all know the sport follows story lines written well in advance of the actual act being portrayed, but the older I got the more the story lines seemed to get stale. Maybe I left the sport because the heroes I grew up watching decided it was time to try something else. First it was Hogan, then Shawn Michaels and The Rock followed suit. The stars of the sport were leaving, and so did my viewership. To me I was in a transition phase of my life watching more of the four major sports and I found myself seemingly more uninterested in WWE (switched May 5, 2002) the older I got. There was nothing grabbing my attention much like the Monday Night Wars of the past did, and I have watched very little WWE product since then.

That just changed last night.

With millions watching on cable television and thousands in attendance at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California…one man got me interested again in the WWE. You may know him as Dwayne Johnson, but for millions (AND MILLIONS) of wrestling fans he is better known as “The Rock”.

Now of course Rock is simply the latest in a line of WWE legends to return to the stage for the WWE’s major PPV giant, the annual Wrestlemania. Hulk Hogan for instance came back in 2005 after being inducted in the WWE’s Hall Of Fame to Wrestle at the age of 52. Stone Cold Steve Austin went from the biggest name in the wrestling industry to a part time guest host in 2009. Do I believe Rock when he addressed his fans last night saying:

“I want to take this moment to tell you all here, you’re live here…millions watching around the world. Thank you, I love you and it is because of you that I am back in this ring, and it is because of you and I give you my word…I am never ever going away.”

I want to.

As a guy who left the sport of professional wrestling as a fan many years ago, his presence in the sport would keep me interested. I however do not believe this appearance is more than what it was last night….an appearance.

While the WWE is still a multi billion dollar corporation holding event all around the country 365 days a year, the product in the ring has lost it’s luster. The personalities of the sport have dwindled down to a few. The sport needed an injection of what made it so successful for such a long period of time… The Rock brings life to the sport with not his physical abilities in the ring, but what fans term “mic skills”. The greatest accomplishment a wrestler can do is bring something new to pop culture that sticks. Between “The People’s Champ” and finding out “If You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?”…..The Rock is no doubt the most electrifying man in sports entertainment.

The problem is like anything else in the business of sports entertainment, how long can the nostalgia last?

While The Rock returning to the WWE may keep my attention for the short term, I know following Wrestlemania the interest will go back to where it was before his “comeback”. Much like the NHL’s Winter Classic, Wrestlemania with The Rock involved will bring back memories of my childhood and the excitement I was once for the sport will return….but only for a day.

The older we get, the more the child in us dies and I (like many of you) have fallen victim to this. While I consider wrestling a sport at it’s true core, in the end it is all about the entertainment value of it. What The Rock did last night was took a jolt on energy, turned it sideways and stuck it up my candy a**. While this is just a temporary story line to hype up a pay per view…..

It just good to feel like a kid again.


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  • Jon, Montgomery

    rock, you suck. burn in hell

    • The Rock has Come Back ( for now )

      let me guess, a Cena boy?

      • Jon, Montgomery

        HA! i don’t follow any wrestling, MMA or whatever else there is. i just hate you rock, and i wanted you to know

  • Rock

    Wow….that’s a hell of a start. LOL

  • Jon, Montgomery

    oh and to make things clear, i didn’t direct my comments to dwayne ‘rock’ johnson.

    i was directing them at john ‘rock’ mamola.

    • Rock

      Love you Jon, I’ll talk to you on Friday….

      • Jon, Montgomery

        you think i listen to your boring friday show? LOL

        the only time i’ve heard you is when you hosted with Joe-O, and that’s when i decided i didn’t like you.

  • John

    Yea that really was something else man, to have taken 7 years off and go in there and pull that off was pretty insane. He also said ass more times in that rant than all of the WWE’s programming since Linda McMahon ran for the Senate; if they would have made him go PG that would of been a travesty. Like you I also was a big fan growing up that left right after Austin and Rock did, a combination of age and lack of entertainment value. Having heard what happened last night I too watched a replay and will probably be recording the Raws leading up to WM to see if he does come back, partially to be entertained but more so to enjoy the nostalgia.
    Nice article, I couldn’t agree more.

  • T

    I feel you Rock. I didn’t even know he was going to be on last night until I heard his music while channel flipping, but I do share your feelings. I was telling my wife I wish it was 1999 and I was back in the student center in college.In the late 90’s early 2000’s raw was appointment T.V thanks to the Rock, and when he left, it just wasn’t fun. I guess what I’m trying say, it felt good to be entertain for 15 minutes on a Monday night. I also understand he won’t be back for good, but with the build up to Wrestle Mania 27, the transition from winter to spring is going to be fun like the old day’s.

    • John

      Agreed, Attitude Era professional wrestling was some of the greatest television ever.

      • Rock


  • Jared

    I felt the same. I’ve started watching again since last WM but there’s no one there that gets you pumped like The Rock. Hopefully he will stick around for a while

  • Rock

    Thanks for checking out the piece fellas…


    Jon Montgomery
    HA! i don’t follow any wrestling, MMA or whatever else there is. i just hate you rock, and i wanted you to know



    • Jon, Montgomery

      settle down dwayne. run along now and go do another disney movie

      • Rock

        Didn’t know it was HATER Tuesday….


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  • Pulseczar

    I followed wrestling for a year or two back in the 80s; I was like eight years old.

    Miss Elizabeth, Ricky Steamboat, Barber Beefcake, Jake Roberts, Kerry Von Erich, etc. GLOW!!!!

    Couldn’t imagine what would draw an adult to follow professional wrestling. meh. Well, maybe if GLOW came back.

    • Rock

      Maybe they can bring back Macho Man for an appearance…..or how about Big John Stud?

  • Freddy

    I watched it on USA. The part that was so hilarious was when ” The Rock” was making fun of John Cena! You can’t see me, you see me, you can’t see me, you see me!!! LOL!!! Then afterwards mentioning that Cena looked like a big fat bowl of fruity pebbles!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!

    • Rock

      He is by far the absolute best at the mic skills….no one comes close.

  • Jim G

    I too bolted when the Rock and others left. The Rock and Sock connection, the Corporate / People’s Elbow, the superior Mic skills……I’ve got to tune back in. Good times again with my now teenage boy….welcome back Rock! And thanks for letting us know about this Rock M.

    • Rock

      No Prob Jim….should a fun lead up to Wrestlemania!

  • flipside715

    The Rock’s peoples elbow and the Hulks leg drop: The best intro to a finishing move, but the worst finishing move ever!

    • Rock

      How about Jake the Snake… about props!

  • Dre Herron

    so monday night I’m sitting at home watching tv with my son and one of my best friends calls me and says “turn to Raw now” so I turn after having stopped watching almost a year ago when HBK retired and who do I see. none other than The Great One. I thought it was 1999 all over again

    • Rock

      it was fun….wasn’t it?

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