YIN AND YANG
Greetings, salutations, and howarya? Welcome to the column that grabs hold of and issue and beats the heck out of it from both sides; BrewGuy's Yin and Yang. What's the difference between the two? Glad you asked.
The Yin is the good. The Yang is the bad. The Yin is optimism. The Yang is pessimism. The Yin is a glass half full. The Yang is a glass half empty. The Yin is why I like it. The Yang is why I don't.
You know him as The Great One, the Brahma Bull, The People's Champion, and the Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment, but the world knows him as...The Rock.
The Rock is the biggest star of wrestling today. His charisma and mic talent are truly unmatched. His athletic ability is excellent, he sells like he's gonna die, and he's the person any non-wrestling fan thinks of first when they're asked "do you watch wrestling?" or "do you know any of the wrestlers?". In essence, The Rock is the Hulk Hogan of wrestling right now. He is "it". He is the MAN, and there's nobody (well, maybe Austin, but that's debatable) who can match his mainstream popularity. Like it or not, everything revolves around The Rock.
My sister's boyfriend is visiting her currently. He's from Scotland. He does not watch wrestling. I asked him if he knows much about it; he shook his head, then said in his cool Scottish accent "The Rock? Isn't he one of the guys, The Rock?"
My brother does not watch wrestling on a consistent basis at all. Up until recently, he's never watched more than 5 minutes of any show. But, he's a HUGE Rock fan. He LOVES his mic work; for him, the only reason to watch is to see what The Rock is gonna say THIS week. Last Monday, he sat down and watched the ENTIRE 2 hours of Raw with me, for one reason, and one reason only. You guessed it - The Rock. Even while the 'dramatic' interview was taking place at the end, he'd say "oh, just give The Rock the mic already!!" For him, and for many, many others out there, wrestling is all about The Rock.
The Ratings, The Ratings, Oh My GOD, The Ratings
Rocky has Respect
a) Rocky says something bad about somebody
There has been exceptions: Rock's feud with Chris Benoit is a good example, when the Rock "stole" the Crippler Crossface from Benoit, and added the now-somewhat-patented patented "dragon leg screw into the Sharpshooter" combo into his repertoire. However, these types of storylines have been few and far between.
The Rock's Five Moves Of Doom
a) Dragon Leg Screw into the Sharpshooter (ok, it's really two moves, but
they ALWAYS follow one another)
Everything else is clotheslines, back body drops, and whoooole lot of right hands. The last two moves generally come at the end of the match, and there's certainly no guarantee that he'll use ALL those moves in one match. Granted, these are the moves that the people want to see, and that's fine; but in order to tell a real robust story in the ring, The Rock must continue to expand his moveset. Not too quickly, perhaps, but it must be done. Even simple things will be effective. What if The Rock was able to gorilla press somebody? Or landed an elbow (maybe even a People's Elbow) from the top rope? These are generally normal moves for a mid-card wrestler, but if the Rock did them, the crowd would go NUTS. In fact, they'd be so damn special that he could save them for PPV matches only.
Your Answer: Hey, you tell me!
'till next time!