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Old 11-25-2021, 03:34 PM   #241
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The thing with this Rock/Reigns deal is that the story writes itself; “The Head of the Table”, “The Tribal Chief”, the man that puts the food on the table for the whole family, confronted by his own cousin who’s the actual trailblazer, the biggest star on the planet. Cousin vs Cousin.

And when a story writes itself so easily and you don’t plan to deliver it you should be doing everything to go in the opposite direction - if you don’t want to disappoint your fan base that is.

At Survivor Series they clearly leaned into it. They might not have expressly advertised it but they hinted at it. They laid the table, pardon the pun. Which makes me think the plan is for it to happen at some point. Not in 2022 though.

You can’t blame the fans for anticipating on the night.
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Old 11-26-2021, 01:54 AM   #242
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I have zero doubt that they are pushing really hard to have the Rock put over Reigns, as they should.
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Old 11-26-2021, 09:40 PM   #243
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The thing with this Rock/Reigns deal is that the story writes itself; ďThe Head of the TableĒ, ďThe Tribal ChiefĒ, the man that puts the food on the table for the whole family, confronted by his own cousin whoís the actual trailblazer, the biggest star on the planet. Cousin vs Cousin.

And when a story writes itself so easily and you donít plan to deliver it you should be doing everything to go in the opposite direction - if you donít want to disappoint your fan base that is.

At Survivor Series they clearly leaned into it. They might not have expressly advertised it but they hinted at it. They laid the table, pardon the pun. Which makes me think the plan is for it to happen at some point. Not in 2022 though.

You canít blame the fans for anticipating on the night.
I agree that the story writes itself, but I donít think avoiding your public relationship with The Rock just because people want to see a match that canít happen is the answer. And Iím not sure how many casual fans have actually expected these two to have a match, or The Rock to even come back. It may just be this pocket of hardcore fans who want to fantasy book because their interest in this goes just far enough without realizing The Rock is too big a star to work matches now.

I donít think ďHey, 25 years ago the biggest star on the planet made his debut with us, weíre going to talk about thatĒ necessarily sends the promotional message the IWC is claiming it does.
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Old 11-27-2021, 04:07 AM   #244
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But it wasn’t just the promotional packages. The scene with Vince and Reigns that referenced The Rock didn’t really add anything other than calling out the relationship between Reigns and Rock. That planted a seed. Whether they intended it to - and whether or not that was intentional - is debatable.
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Let’s not forget that Roman also hit the Rock Bottom during the match.
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But it wasnít just the promotional packages. The scene with Vince and Reigns that referenced The Rock didnít really add anything other than calling out the relationship between Reigns and Rock. That planted a seed. Whether they intended it to - and whether or not that was intentional - is debatable.
I donít think the Rock Bottom means anything. Theyíre related. Itís like if a Hart uses a Sharpshooter. I canít comment on the Vince/Reigns stuff.

By the way, if Rock is coming back in some capacity for WrestleMania ó host, enforcer, etc. ó it was doubtful he was going to establish that at Survivor Series anyway. Thatís Raw after Royal Rumble type stuff.
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Yeah it could be just a little “shout out” to The Rock on the 25th anniversary of his debut.

For the record, I don’t think they do Rock/Reigns at next year’s Mania, if anything they do something to set it up for WrestleMania Hollywood II in the same vein as they set up Rock vs. Cena “Once” in a lifetime.
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I can see there being some sort of interaction at some point, but I just can’t see Rock working a match at this point. Being in ring shape and finding the time to do that as opposed to doing movies and otherwise being an entrepreneur just doesn’t seem to fit. I can see him involved in WrestleMania — possibly even the next two — but I just can’t see him working that match with Reigns. The role for him seems to be something like raising the hand of the guy who beats Reigns. Maybe slapping Heyman out, motivating The Usos to stand up for themselves. That sort of thing.
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I can see there being some sort of interaction at some point, but I just canít see Rock working a match at this point. Being in ring shape and finding the time to do that as opposed to doing movies and otherwise being an entrepreneur just doesnít seem to fit. I can see him involved in WrestleMania ó possibly even the next two ó but I just canít see him working that match with Reigns. The role for him seems to be something like raising the hand of the guy who beats Reigns. Maybe slapping Heyman out, motivating The Usos to stand up for themselves. That sort of thing.
I agree with you
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Rock will acknowledge Reigns and be in his corner. Heyman will get the boot from "the family" and go back to Brock's corner.


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