History YMMV / DwayneJohnson

17th Apr '16 9:55:44 PM Tork
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** An early meme was the "Rockblock" where a naked woman (usually a celebrity) would be covered up by the Rock nicely asking, "Hey guys, what's going on?"
5th Apr '16 9:43:44 PM Nyame
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** The base was further broken after ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 32'', which, barring a few select moments/matches, had been seen as being booked to spite the hardcore audience. Having to endure over three hours (five counting the pre-show, which was two hours long) of the event, the fans had to endure a half-hour segment consisting of the Dallas cheerleaders and Rocky screwing around with a flamethrower just so he could announce to the fans that they had broken the WWE attendance record and bury the already incredibly damaged Wrestling/WyattFamily with a returning Wrestling/JohnCena (who was still injured but showed up that weekend to help promote Mania and induct Music/SnoopDogg into the Hall of Fame). This especially pissed the fans off because the highly anticipated Wrestling/BrockLesnar match with Wrestling/DeanAmbrose was given barely ten minutes and made into a thinly veiled SquashMatch, wasting the build and killing Ambrose's momentum. A lot of the time of Rocky's segment could've been given to that match. Not helping things was this was right before the main event, and many fans wanted to get Reigns' win over with so they could leave. This led to many fans complaining that Rocky hadn't really put anyone over since Cena and was only coming back to go into business for himself. Ironically, many considered the one saving grace of that segment was the return of the aforementioned Cena, who the fans began to miss desperately after having to endure months of terrible booking and having the much less charismatic/talented Wrestling/RomanReigns as the focus of the show.
10th Jan '16 11:51:02 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* GrowingTheBeard: He's always been regarded as a "pretty good" at worst when it came to wrestling but his "Flex Kavana" which he admitted to thinking sounded cool when he first came up with it, wasn't one of his best ideas, which he also admitted. Rocky Maivia was even worse, and he knew it the moment it was suggested, repeatedly shooting it down until he got to the WWF main roster and no longer had a choice. All the boos he got proved him correct, but then things got better.



* ItGetsBetter: He's always been regarded as a "pretty good" at worst when it came to wrestling but his "Flex Kavana" which he admitted to thinking sounded cool when he first came up with it, wasn't one of his best ideas, which he also admitted. Rocky Maivia was even worse, and he knew it the moment it was suggested, repeatedly shooting it down until he got to the WWF main roster and no longer had a choice. All the boos he got proved him correct, but then things got better.
20th Nov '15 3:39:44 PM Nyame
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** an attempt to invoke this recently backfired... [[InternetBackdraft very]] [[TheScrappy badly]] as an attempt to put over Wrestling/RomanReigns at the 2015 Royal Rumble. To say this didn't work is quite the understatement.

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** an An attempt to invoke this recently backfired... [[InternetBackdraft very]] [[TheScrappy badly]] as an attempt to put over Wrestling/RomanReigns at the 2015 Royal Rumble. To say this didn't work is quite the understatement. To be fair to both men, everyone more-or-less states that they weren't pissed at them so much as they were at the company for doing such a terrible job of booking as of late. Had this happen later down the line (such as Reigns winning the 2016 Royal Rumble after being properly built up and his character more refined), the backlash wouldn't have been so bad.
7th Nov '15 8:22:16 PM Nyame
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* FranchiseOriginalSin: His return started the disturbing trend of the WWE over-relying on part-timers to carry them through its most profitable periods (''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' and ''Wrestling/SummerSlam''). When Rocky first came back, it was all well and good and everyone was happy. The WWE, seeing the success from his return, started bringing several past stars to cash in on the nostalgia. The problem is that it takes away time from the main roster, causing a bit of resentment from the fan base that reached a head during the 2014 Royal Rumble after Batista won the titular match a mere ''week'' after he returned, over fan favorite Daniel Bryan, who wasn't even an entrant. The crowd promptly booed him out of the building. What Rocky's return unintentionally promoted was the idea that "part-timers" draw while the stars on the main roster, including some upper-midcard/main event stars such as Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, do not (or, at least, not as much). Rather than take on the work to build new stars to draw on the level, they instead just continued bandying about all these old stars instead (primarily Brock Lesnar). The one star they ''did'' try to build, Wrestling/RomanReigns (who, coincidentally, is Rocky's cousin), rather than build him up slowly, got shoehorned right into the main event of WM before he was ready, right after an injury no less and, instead of allowing him to find a character that fit him, was made into a Wrestling/JohnCena clone instead. The fans did not react well to this ''at all'' (fan reaction was so bad, in fact, that his victory at WM got pulled days beforehand and the title instead went to Wrestling/SethRollins). While the fans are still appreciative of Rocky's return, they resent how it gave way for past stars to come back and soak up all the spotlight.
6th Nov '15 8:23:57 AM SomeoneElse17
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*** He followed up on that on ''[[MilestoneCelebration Raw 1000]]'' and announced that he had a title shot at Royal Rumble 2013. Before long people started saying he'd become an absentee WWE Champion before [=WrestleMania=] XXIX if he didn't lose. Now before he's even returned for 2013, what's been announced of his [=WrestleMania=] season schedule already rivals what a typical second-run Wrestling/ShawnMichaels schedule would look like in the same amount of time, with him set to appear live on the majority of ''Raw'' episodes and '''[[CueTheFlyingPigs at least three]] ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown Smackdowns]]'''''. At this rate the cycle's only gonna stop when either most wrestling fans actually expect him to return full time or when his eventual retirement match and/or Hall of Fame induction is finally announced.

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*** He followed up on that on ''[[MilestoneCelebration Raw 1000]]'' and announced that he had a title shot at Royal Rumble 2013. Before long people started saying he'd become an absentee WWE Champion before [=WrestleMania=] XXIX if he didn't lose. Now before he's even returned for 2013, what's been announced of his [=WrestleMania=] season schedule already rivals what a typical second-run Wrestling/ShawnMichaels schedule would look like in the same amount of time, with him set to appear live on the majority of ''Raw'' episodes and '''[[CueTheFlyingPigs at least three]] ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown Smackdowns]]'''''. At this rate it was thought the cycle's cycle would only gonna stop when either most wrestling fans actually expect expected him to return full time or when his eventual retirement match and/or Hall of Fame induction is was finally announced.announced.
*** Finally stopped after he put over Cena, making only rare appearances since then. That said, he did sustain a number of injuries during the second Cena match yet still finished it, and he would later tentatively cite it in interviews as his final match while still leaving the door opening for future match work if the right timing and occasion were to pop up.
6th Nov '15 8:17:59 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Even the mere fact of his feud with and wins over Wrestling/CMPunk have caused this, arguably due to Punk's massive popularity. Many fans hated Rock for being the part-timer who dared to end Punk's historic 434-day reign as WWE Champion. Made worse by the fact that this was done just in time for the road to the Wrestling/WrestleMania main event, with many questioning whether Rock deserved the spot over Punk and others still who had no problem with Rock himself being there felt that it was wasted on what was widely considered a ForegoneConclusion with Wrestling/JohnCena getting his win back and being solidified as the top dog over both men. On the other hand, others credited the Punk-Rock feud for restoring Punk's credibility as a badass after months of the WWE Champion being booked as an ineffectual chickenshit heel against Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and especially Cena, with Punk going from running away and ducking his challengers at all times to outright calling out and challenging Rock, even getting the better of him once or twice before the Rumble title match, and losing both that match and the next year's rematch under controversial circumstances. Then there was the pattern of Punk losing to [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker major]] [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar part-timers]] that eventually formed from this, which only frustrated fans further in the aftermath. Even Punk himself was not happy about this, though he didn't hold it against Rock, Taker, or Lesnar, all of whom he's cool with, but against the internal logic of the company's booking.

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** Even the mere fact of his feud with and wins over Wrestling/CMPunk have caused this, arguably due to Punk's massive popularity. Many fans hated Rock for being the part-timer who dared to end Punk's historic 434-day reign as WWE Champion. Made worse by the fact that this was done just in time for the road to the Wrestling/WrestleMania main event, with as many questioning questioned whether Rock deserved the spot over Punk and others still who had no problem with Rock himself being there having the spot felt that it was wasted on what was widely considered a ForegoneConclusion with Wrestling/JohnCena getting his win back and being solidified as the top dog over both men. On the other hand, others credited the Punk-Rock feud for restoring Punk's credibility as a badass after months of the WWE Champion being booked as an ineffectual chickenshit heel against Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and especially Cena, with Punk going from running away and ducking his challengers at all times to outright calling out and challenging Rock, even getting the better of him once or twice before the Rumble title match, and losing both that match and the next year's rematch under controversial circumstances. Then there was the pattern of Punk losing to [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker major]] [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar part-timers]] that eventually formed from this, which only frustrated fans further in the aftermath. Even Punk himself was not happy about this, though he didn't hold it against Rock, Taker, or Lesnar, all of whom he's cool with, but against the internal logic of the company's booking.
6th Nov '15 8:17:06 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Even the mere fact of his feud with and wins over Wrestling/CMPunk have caused this, arguably due to Punk's massive popularity. Many fans hated Rock for being the part-timer who dared to end Punk's historic 434-day reign as WWE Champion, while others credited the Punk-Rock feud for restoring Punk's credibility as a badass after months of the WWE Champion being booked as an ineffectual chickenshit heel against Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and especially Wrestling/JohnCena.

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** Even the mere fact of his feud with and wins over Wrestling/CMPunk have caused this, arguably due to Punk's massive popularity. Many fans hated Rock for being the part-timer who dared to end Punk's historic 434-day reign as WWE Champion, while Champion. Made worse by the fact that this was done just in time for the road to the Wrestling/WrestleMania main event, with many questioning whether Rock deserved the spot over Punk and others still who had no problem with Rock himself being there felt that it was wasted on what was widely considered a ForegoneConclusion with Wrestling/JohnCena getting his win back and being solidified as the top dog over both men. On the other hand, others credited the Punk-Rock feud for restoring Punk's credibility as a badass after months of the WWE Champion being booked as an ineffectual chickenshit heel against Wrestling/{{Ryback}} and especially Wrestling/JohnCena.Cena, with Punk going from running away and ducking his challengers at all times to outright calling out and challenging Rock, even getting the better of him once or twice before the Rumble title match, and losing both that match and the next year's rematch under controversial circumstances. Then there was the pattern of Punk losing to [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker major]] [[Wrestling/BrockLesnar part-timers]] that eventually formed from this, which only frustrated fans further in the aftermath. Even Punk himself was not happy about this, though he didn't hold it against Rock, Taker, or Lesnar, all of whom he's cool with, but against the internal logic of the company's booking.



** His years back have consistently seen him appear easily more than Wrestling/TheUndertaker and, were it not for Wrestling/TripleH's involvement in the Punk and Laurinaitis storylines in summer-to-fall 2011, about as much as the Game as well. Sure, it's understood why they're not full time wrestlers anymore, what with HHH being on the new boss path and Undertaker's body being broken down. However, Rock's movie career is just as valid a cause for inactivity--something his HateDumb refuses to accept because to them his movie career is exactly the problem.
** There were also numerous opportunities to trash the business in his time away, most notably during the Chris Benoit murder-suicide scandal where the media dragged pro wrestling through the mud. However when he was interviewed about it during that time gave his take on what needed to be done without throwing WWE under the bus and in fact gave them credit for the Wellness initiative. He also incorporated his wrestling style into his fight scenes in at least one of his early movies, he's had wrestling rings to work in near the sets of his latest movies as well as trained with WWE wrestlers Michael [=McGillicutty=] and Curt Hawkins in his free time so as to make sure he'd be in match shape, and he's even taken the time to watch Wrestling/{{TNA}} enough to be impressed with Bobby Roode to the point of tweeting him some props during his World Championship heel run. His ambitions may not be tied down to wrestling anymore (and it's debatable that they ever truly were), but he does still love the business as much as ever.

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** His *** Also, those first two years back have had consistently seen him appear easily more than Wrestling/TheUndertaker and, were it not for Wrestling/TripleH's involvement in the Punk and Laurinaitis storylines in summer-to-fall 2011, about as much as the Game as well. Sure, it's understood why they're not full time wrestlers anymore, what with HHH being on the new boss path and Undertaker's body being broken down. However, Rock's movie career is just as valid a cause for inactivity--something his HateDumb refuses to accept because to them his movie career is exactly the problem.
** There were also numerous opportunities to trash the business in his time away, most notably during the Chris Benoit Wrestling/ChrisBenoit murder-suicide scandal where the media dragged pro wrestling through the mud. However when he was interviewed about it during that time he gave his take on what needed to be done without throwing WWE under the bus and in fact gave them credit for the Wellness initiative. He also incorporated his wrestling style into his fight scenes in at least one of his early movies, he's had wrestling rings to work in near the sets of his latest movies as well as trained with WWE wrestlers [[Wrestling/CurtisAxel Michael [=McGillicutty=] McGillicutty]] and Curt Hawkins in his free time so as to make sure he'd be in match shape, and he's even taken the time to watch Wrestling/{{TNA}} enough to be impressed with Bobby Roode Wrestling/BobbyRoode to the point of tweeting him some props during his World Championship heel run. His ambitions may not be tied down to wrestling anymore (and it's debatable that they ever truly were), but he does still love the business as much as ever.



** Bonus points now for largely rectifying the issue of Wrestling/CMPunk's BadassDecay before taking the title from him. Although, his victory over Punk has produced a BrokenBase all its own…
* FandomRivalry[=/=]FoeYay: With Cena's fans at present. WWE's trying to play this up for all it's worth.

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** Bonus points now for largely rectifying the issue of Wrestling/CMPunk's BadassDecay before taking the title from him. Although, his victory over Punk has produced a BrokenBase all its own…
own (see above for that one).
* FandomRivalry[=/=]FoeYay: With Cena's both Wrestling/JohnCena's fans at present. WWE's trying to play and Wrestling/CMPunk's fans. WWE played this up for all it's worth.its worth during the three guys' feuds with each other.



* HilariousInHindsight: On January 28, 2013, the night after ending CM Punk's 434-day reign as WWE Champion, The Rock called CM Punk a "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60xtTJun-Zc punk ass bitch]]". While it seemed like a great monniker to use in a promo against Punk, Website/{{YouTube}}rs might get an extra kick out of it if they remember a short video spliced together from May 1, 2009 with a clip of then-long-haired Money in the Bank holder CM Punk saying his name, only to be interrupted by a clip of The Rock saying…well…"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zTLYOBAIHI punk ass bitch]]".

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* HilariousInHindsight: On January 28, 2013, the night after ending CM Punk's 434-day reign as WWE Champion, The Rock called CM Punk a "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60xtTJun-Zc punk ass bitch]]". While it seemed like a great monniker moniker to use in a promo against Punk, Website/{{YouTube}}rs might get an extra kick out of it if they remember a short video spliced together from May 1, 2009 with a clip of then-long-haired Money in the Bank holder CM Punk saying his name, only to be interrupted by a clip of The Rock saying…well…"[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zTLYOBAIHI punk ass bitch]]".
6th Nov '15 7:55:40 AM SomeoneElse17
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** There's also the matter of the IWC consistently putting low expectations on his measure of commitment, him exceeding these expectations, them putting another benchmark to test him, and him exceeding those.

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** There's From his 2011 return until he put over Wrestling/JohnCena in 2013, there was also the matter of the IWC consistently putting low expectations on his measure of commitment, him exceeding these expectations, them putting another benchmark to test him, and him exceeding those.
19th Oct '15 1:49:12 PM wyattte
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* CreatorsPet: Hard as it may be to believe now, he debuted as this in 1996-1997 under his original WWF ring name, Rocky Maivia. To elaborate: he started off hot as the first third-generation superstar, but pretty soon, his smiling-babyface schtick began to wear very, very thin, especially in a landscape where Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was already redefining the company's direction. By the time ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}} XIII'' rolled around (with a match between him and [[Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} The Sultan]], that didn't exactly blow the roof off), it was obvious fans were just not into the guy at all, no matter how hard they were pushing his happy-go-lucky persona. Of course, as we all know now, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap things got better]].

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* CatharsisFactor: It was really, ''really'' refreshing to see his 2011 ''Raw'' return and promo, bashing the company's biggest {{Creators Pet}}s and cutting a promo the likes of which hadn't been heard in years.
* CreatorsPet: Hard as it may be to believe now, he debuted as this in 1996-1997 under his original WWF ring name, Rocky Maivia. To elaborate: he started off hot as the first third-generation superstar, but pretty soon, his smiling-babyface schtick began to wear very, very thin, especially in a landscape where Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin was already redefining the company's direction. By the time ''Wrestling/{{Wrestlemania}} XIII'' rolled around (with a match between him and [[Wrestling/{{Rikishi}} The Sultan]], that didn't exactly blow the roof off), it was obvious fans were just not into the guy at all, no matter how hard they were pushing his happy-go-lucky persona.persona - and that was '''''a lot,''''' with Wrestling/JimRoss constantly pushing him as "the blue-chipper" and the company going so far as to pipe in cheers for him in his own entrance music (you heard that right). Of course, as we all know now, [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap things got better]].
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