Friday, April 9, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: 4/10/10 Edition

Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

I think every wrestling can agree that The Rock was one of the greatest on the mic. The most electrifying in sports entertainment had the ability to take the oddest phrases and turn them into household phrases. In fact, The Rock's ability to captivate a crowd with his promos was one of the biggest reasons as to why he became the top guy in the WWE (during Austin's absence). The Great One was so talented that even Hollywood took notice of his skills. He appeared on the comedy institution, Saturday Night Live, as a host. The Rock's performance was critically acclaimed and Hollywood began to closely scrutinize wrestling's crown jewel. Finally, he was snatched up for a starring role in, The Scorpion King, which was part of the successful Mummy franchise. At the time, The Rock was paid the highest salary as an actor in his first starring role with a hefty sum of $5.5 million. As the Rock's movie career took off, it became clear to the fans that their beloved hero would soon turn his attention full time to Hollywood. Soon enough, as The Rock returned to the wrestling, chants of "You Sold Out" came to be heard in arenas nationwide. It all culminated at Wrestlemania 18 when The People's Champion was heavily booed against the returning Hulk Hogan. Seeing this as an opportunity, The Rock was turned full on heel. What followed can only be describes as comedic gold. The Rock was absolutely great on the mic as a face, but he stepped his considerable game up, once he turned heel. The People's Champion had his constituents eating out of his more than ever. One of the greatest example was the fateful night (for Canadian fans) of February 24, 2005.

After beating Hulk Hogan through nefarious means, the previous night, at No Way Out, The Rock decided to come out and have some fun at Canada's expense. This is one of my all time favorite promos by The Rock. He utterly pwns the entire crowd by pointing out the ridiculousness of the fans cheering at the mention of their hometown, insults their intelligence, refers to them as a bunch of MotherCanuckers, and commits the cardinal sin of insulting the Maple Leafs. Yet even after all that, they still want to cheer and sing along with him. That is what you call charisma, and it's highly unlikely that we will ever see the same level as The People's Champion again.

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