Sunday, April 11, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: 4/11/10 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.

Yesterday's post was about how The Rock might be the greatest to grab a wrestling mic. His promo abilities were so great that they catapulted him into the position of being the #1 face in the company. Yet, The Great One's finest mic work came when he turned into a full on heel after his initial Hollywood run. The Rock's character had always been arrogant, but after becoming a Hollywood star, his narcissism reached new heights. fans, fellow wrestlers, commentators, sports team, and entire cities weren't safe from The Rock's insults, and it made for absolute gold.

On the night of March 23rd in 2003, all those elements came together, as The Rock was set to perform his first ever concert. Sporting his new Hollywood theme, and equipped with his Willie Nelson signed guitar, The "People's Champion" went on to have one of the most memorable segments in Raw history. I won't get into much details, since I don't want to spoil any of the great lines in the concert, but you can tell that even The Rock is enjoying himself as he can't stop laughing before a particularly funny insult. This was before his match with Stone Cold, at Wrestlemania 19, so Austin (who had been barred from entering the building by Eric Bischoff thanks to The Rock's restraining order ) gets lampooned right along with Sacramento. Again, Stone Cold and The Rock (who does the majority of the work here) make for an unforgettable segment. Watching this also reminds you just how far wrestling has fallen. When was the last time Cena/Batista or Cena/Orton had an unforgettable moment? Hell, I doubt they could come up anything as funny or as entertaining than what The Rock and Austin came up with. I guess that's why a segment like this gets remembered 7 years later. I truly wonder if anyone will remember anything Orton/Batista/Cena did, with the same fondness, 7 years later. My guess is probably not.

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