The issue on Rock/Cena II happening:

The issue with Rock/Cena II isn't this match, per se. The things that you said about Wrestlemania needing a sequel, this year, to Cena/Rock is right. However, the real problem isn't in Cena/Rock getting a sequel [just due to it being a hundred million dollar match for casual buyers] Cena/Rock II itself is a finish to the trilogy of 27 [Rock's return, the way Miz/Cena went] and 28 [Cena/Rock I- Rock wins.]  The only problem right now is that the argument for "why" Rock/Cena II needs a sequel, in itself, is the real problem when it goes further. 


We've seen in the current Hollywood format the same point: When a non-licensed movie [think, "The Hangover", "Paranormal Activity", "Saw"] becomes a breakout hit movie- the current era of sequels is to- instead of reinventing the wheel and giving people something different, merely rewrite the same movie that was already a hit and send it out to theaters. 

This goes into the REAL problem with Cena/Rock II: How much of Cena/Rock is TOO much? The old claim for Wilt Chamberlain in basketball went with the logical problem- If you have a player who shoots 50% from the field, then by logic he should shoot more. And, going further from there, why should anyone else on your team ever shoot the ball? Having Cena/Rock II, this year, is the right decision- but the argument you've given makes another problem- if the match goes for once-a-year casual buyers, then by definition, should Rock and Cena merely wrestle each other every year until one of the two dies? There is a good thing for Cena/Rock II, happening at Wrestlemania 29, but if we're getting Rock/Cena: Eleven Times In A Lifetime at Wrestlemania 39, there's a problem.

They've only had one match. EVER.  This isn't anywhere near burnout yet.  And if one match draws $100 million over and over, why not keep doing it until it doesn't?  

Rock/Cena on THREE Dvd’s?!

Hey Scott, long time reader, yadda yadda
I just read that the 'E is releasing a Rock/Cena Once in a Lifetime DVD to cover the story of that rivalry and the match at WM. At first I was thinking "Hey, this could be something I grab for my kids as they love both guys and it could distract them for an hour or two" when I realized that…the DVD is going to be THREE DISCS.

How in the blue hell are they going to fill THREE discs for a rivalry that has so far only consisted of two matches (SurSeries and WM, although I suppose they could include Rocky's run-in during Cena-Show). Do you think they'll just rehash every single promo? They'd have to right? Or will they include matches for both guys that don't even involve the other to establish why each guy is a legend? This isn't Rock/Austin or Rock/Triple H, these guys have only wrestled each other one time!

I think they will probably indeed replay every single promo and angle, yes.  It's certainly an interesting idea for a DVD set, even if it would personally cause me to shoot myself in the face out of boredom after the first disc.  This might be a test case for another set like that in the vein of the D-X sets where it's literally everything from start to finish.  Plus they have to make up that extra Wrestlemania buyrate money somewhere.  Overestimating by 200,000 buys doesn't pay for itself!

Rock/Cena

From this point on, how would you book Rock/Cena feud going into Wrestlemania?  How would you change the booking starting with February last year (keeping in mind the Rock’s limited availability)? Also, would you ever make the Rock a weekly on air performer (if for some reason he wanted to)? I feel even if he wanted to show up every week, it would take away alot more than it would gain.

I would have kept him off TV completely except to come on one show and lay out Cena leading up to Survivor Series. I would have had Cena’s team v. Rock’s team and eliminated everyone until it was down to Rock v. Cena.  Then before they can touch, someone (Ziggler, wanting to show up the big stars?) comes out and lays out Cena, Rock pins him, end of show.  So that occupies Cena for a few shows while Rock is back in Hollywood again.  Cena would finally go over at Wrestlemania, when it actually matters.  I wouldn’t trust the monkeys writing RAW to handle Rock from week to week and would keep him off TV as much as possible, so he wouldn’t flop and only draw 160,000 domestic buys for his first match back.  Oh wait, that already happened.

Rock/Cena

From this point on, how would you book Rock/Cena feud going into Wrestlemania?  How would you change the booking starting with February last year (keeping in mind the Rock’s limited availability)? Also, would you ever make the Rock a weekly on air performer (if for some reason he wanted to)? I feel even if he wanted to show up every week, it would take away alot more than it would gain.

I would have kept him off TV completely except to come on one show and lay out Cena leading up to Survivor Series. I would have had Cena’s team v. Rock’s team and eliminated everyone until it was down to Rock v. Cena.  Then before they can touch, someone (Ziggler, wanting to show up the big stars?) comes out and lays out Cena, Rock pins him, end of show.  So that occupies Cena for a few shows while Rock is back in Hollywood again.  Cena would finally go over at Wrestlemania, when it actually matters.  I wouldn’t trust the monkeys writing RAW to handle Rock from week to week and would keep him off TV as much as possible, so he wouldn’t flop and only draw 160,000 domestic buys for his first match back.  Oh wait, that already happened.

Rock/Cena

From this point on, how would you book Rock/Cena feud going into Wrestlemania?  How would you change the booking starting with February last year (keeping in mind the Rock’s limited availability)? Also, would you ever make the Rock a weekly on air performer (if for some reason he wanted to)? I feel even if he wanted to show up every week, it would take away alot more than it would gain.

I would have kept him off TV completely except to come on one show and lay out Cena leading up to Survivor Series. I would have had Cena’s team v. Rock’s team and eliminated everyone until it was down to Rock v. Cena.  Then before they can touch, someone (Ziggler, wanting to show up the big stars?) comes out and lays out Cena, Rock pins him, end of show.  So that occupies Cena for a few shows while Rock is back in Hollywood again.  Cena would finally go over at Wrestlemania, when it actually matters.  I wouldn’t trust the monkeys writing RAW to handle Rock from week to week and would keep him off TV as much as possible, so he wouldn’t flop and only draw 160,000 domestic buys for his first match back.  Oh wait, that already happened.

Rock/Cena

From this point on, how would you book Rock/Cena feud going into Wrestlemania?  How would you change the booking starting with February last year (keeping in mind the Rock’s limited availability)? Also, would you ever make the Rock a weekly on air performer (if for some reason he wanted to)? I feel even if he wanted to show up every week, it would take away alot more than it would gain.

I would have kept him off TV completely except to come on one show and lay out Cena leading up to Survivor Series. I would have had Cena’s team v. Rock’s team and eliminated everyone until it was down to Rock v. Cena.  Then before they can touch, someone (Ziggler, wanting to show up the big stars?) comes out and lays out Cena, Rock pins him, end of show.  So that occupies Cena for a few shows while Rock is back in Hollywood again.  Cena would finally go over at Wrestlemania, when it actually matters.  I wouldn’t trust the monkeys writing RAW to handle Rock from week to week and would keep him off TV as much as possible, so he wouldn’t flop and only draw 160,000 domestic buys for his first match back.  Oh wait, that already happened.