WWE Royal Rumble 2013: The Rock's Return Does Not Solve All of the WWE's Issues

David Levin@@davidlevin71Senior Writer IIJanuary 18, 2013


Writers here at Bleacher Report have written everything there is to write about The Rock facing CM Punk at the Royal Rumble.

Is he fit enough? Will he come back to the wrestling ring full-time? What does it mean if he wins? The thought of the "The Great One" coming back to New Jersey and laying the SmackDown on Punk for the WWE title and hopefully ruining a 400-plus-day winning streak is quite exciting. It is also something the company is in desperate need of to give life to a rather boring time in wrestling.

So, enter The Rock and all is great again, right? Not so fast, my friends.

It's wrong for us to all think The Rock's return fixes problems that have existed with the company since the end of the Attitude Era. Yes, the excitement brought by the "chance" the most popular wrestler in WWE history could capture gold again is great and perfect for marketing, but it also causes headaches and nightmares for the booking of title matches and the potential for a John Cena/Rock meeting at WrestleMania 29.

Personally, that is not a match I want to see, but I could see it develop for Cena to win the title again. Cena is "stuck" in a program with Dolph "Mr. AJ Lee" Ziggler right now, which also causes a few problems with scheduling, booking and getting around the idea that Ziggler will claim the world title at some point (which means he would have to defeat Alberto Del Rio as the current champion).

Don't misunderstand my position; I am a fan of The Rock being in the ring. I think his electricity is what the WWE needs. But as we have seen with Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho, having "part-time" wrestlers come in and "save" the company makes it look like the product is taking on water and sinking fast. 

There is too much talent (in my opinion) with Ryback, Antonio Cesaro, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Damien Sandow and Roman Reigns for this company to not survive. They just have to be handled properly. The Miz and Alberto Del Rio are still tremendous talents that have proven to "work" in the current scheme of the WWE.

There are nine days remaining until the Royal Rumble and the "Road to WrestleMania" for the WWE. The buzz around The Rock and Punk is heating up (glad to see the two "fight" on Monday night) and should be better than Rock/Cena from WrestleMania 28. But until the booking team figures out what to do with a part-time champion, the idea of The Rock holding the WWE title is really a bad idea.