The Rock's Injury at WrestleMania Proves Part-Timers Shouldn't Be WWE Champion

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Now that it has been discovered that The Rock suffered a serious injury at WrestleMania 29, the WWE should now understand that depending on a part-time star to be a champion or to consistently headline main event pay-per-views is the wrong choice.

The biggest wrestling company in the world should be depending on former champions for adding name power to a card and mainstream notoriety, not carrying the most prestigious title in the WWE.

After losing in the main event of WrestleMania and returning home to get his injuries taken care of by local doctors, The Rock took to Twitter to share exactly how much damage he sustained Sunday:

Another injury to The Rock proves he is just too fragile for the WWE to depend on for anything more than a one-off match against a future superstar needing the ultimate rub or another mainstream name on a part-time schedule.

The Rock lost his WWE Championship to John Cena Sunday, and while the disappointment and dejection was obvious in the face of the former champion, a post-match embrace in the ring and along the ramp with his opponent didn’t give any sign of a serious injury.

While there was a contingent of fans that thought The Rock had just walked out of the WWE after WrestleMania and was not injured, according to PWInsider (h/t Wrestling Inc.), this is a serious injury that needed immediate attention:

The Rock's torn abductor and abdominal muscles injury is reportedly a legitimate injury. The story is that Rock left WrestleMania abruptly after learning of the injury. He immediately went home to get treatment because he has to film Hercules soon.

There was initially heat on The Rock because many within WWE were not aware of the injury. The heat is gone although there was grumbling among some wrestlers that if they can work hurt, Rock could have at least came out and done a promo. WWE was not informed of Rock's injury until well into this afternoon, causing mass re-writes to RAW and the chaos that comes along with it.

Not only did The Rock share the extent of his injuries after this year’s WrestleMania, this is the same man that suffered another serious injury during last year’s main event as well:

Injuries happen to the best stars in the business, but the difference is that most of the superstars in the locker room depend on their WWE paycheck to support themselves and don’t have a movie career to fall back on.

The Rock is far more worried about his budding movie career than he is about the WWE, and continues to use the company as a platform to sell his films.

Instead of working through an injury to ensure that the planned storylines come to fruition, the former champion did what was best for his acting career and went home to get healthy.

With guys like John Cena, CM Punk and others that are there all year and continue to work hard for the WWE each and every night, it should be these men getting the championship titles; not the part-time superstars.

The Rock never should have won the WWE Championship, and the hope is that his post-match actions will show Vince McMahon and company how part-time stars shouldn’t be given titles or depended upon as ambassadors of the sport.


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