Wrestlemania: The Rock for Beginners

Finally, the Rock has come back to Overthinking It!

As you know if you have talked to me within the past month, I will be attending Wrestlemania on Sunday. I’ve been watching a ton of wrestling to get ready, and one thing that has struck me is just how much better the Rock is than everyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy a LOT of wrestlers, and I think they’re really talented entertainers. But when you watch a random heel give some snarling, menacing speech, and then you see the Rock get the crowd on its feet with just a few perfectly timed pauses, there is no contest. Maybe Stone Cold Steve Austin had that kind of mic presence in his prime, but the Rock is just more fun.

I’m not the biggest Rockologist, and it would take way more than one YouTube video to discuss what makes him the best at what he does. But if you’ve never seen the Rock in action and you’d like to know what all the fuss is about, this is a start.

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4 Comments on “Wrestlemania: The Rock for Beginners”

  1. Chris Morgan #

    If I am remembering correctly, the Billy and Chuck gay wedding angle ended with Billy and Chuck proclaiming they weren’t gay and that it was all a publicity stunt. So, you know, it wasn’t quite a major statement for gay rights. As opposed to the Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth wedding, which struck a major blow for the rights of men who love to snap into Slim Jims (oooooh yeah).


    • Matthew Belinkie OTI Staff #

      You are absolutely correct. I actually recorded a line about how neither of them turned out to be gay and the whole thing was a publicity stunt, but when I was editing it just seemed confusing because when is wrestling REAL anyway?

      But you’re right to point out that the Billy and Chuck thing was far from Stonewall Part 2. What I remember about that big wedding episode is that when the two guys announced they weren’t really gay, the crowd went CRAZY. Wild applause. For what? For their lack of gayness? A disturbing moment. But I stand by my point about how the WWE holds up a funhouse mirror to pop culture. It’s not always pretty, certainly not usually progressive, but it’s INTERESTING.


  2. Tom #

    The Rock is so much better than everyone else on the present-day roster that it’s almost harmful for him to be on the show with them. I think the guys who were in the business in the Rock’s prime forced him to elevate his game. It also came from a time of much less scripting… so I think the promos came from a different place.

    One of the saddest things about this Wrestlemania is that making the CM Punk/Undertaker feud over the stupid urn it took CM Punk — probably the best 2013 promo guy — out of actual promos for Mania in lieu of this Paul Bearer nonsense.


    • Chris Morgan #

      Unless you are going to take the urn and melt it down to turn it into a lavish gold chain, then why bother stealing the urn at all?


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