It's no secret that my interest in wrestling is at a low point right now. I haven't written a single thing about WWE since The Muppets hosted Raw, I fell asleep during the Raw a week before that, I haven't been watching Smackdown and I haven't watched a PPV since SummerSlam. It's telling that I'm more excited about the new WWE 12 video game than the actual WWE product, I would rather tell my stories in my own head than deal with what WWE has been throwing out there.
But tonight, I'm going to throw down $60 to watch Survivor Series and I'm genuinely excited about it. For all the complaints about WWE's product right now, and there are dozens, they are doing something genuinely new tonight: The Rock is wrestling. That is something that hasn't been seen in almost eight years and when the majority of WWE shows end with "tag match where the good guys win" or "John Cena stands tall," at least it's something different. Granted, tonight's show is going to end with "John Cena stands tall... now with added Rock!" but at least we get to see The Rock lace up his boots again, something even a year ago I said would never happen.
For better or worse, this is a big deal. Criticisms of The Rock being bigger than every other WWE Superstar, despite not being a full-time WWE Superstar since 2001, are valid. He casts a big shadow and WWE just hasn't been able to create someone with that kind of appeal since The Rock, with the possible exception of John Cena. Cena's not as big as The Rock, but Rock was around in a much different period and the rose-tinted glasses prevent people from remembering how polarizing The Rock was during his time at the top.
So yeah, it's a sad commentary on WWE's star-making abilities in 2011 and after WrestleMania 28, I'm sure The Rock will disappear for a long time ("never leaving again!"), but tonight is still huge. It's The Rock in the ring for the first time since 2004 and it's really just a teaser for what is sure to be one of the biggest WrestleMania main events in history. Even for a guy that's completely bored with WWE right now - I'm ready to be electrified.