We are only 24 hours away from the SuperBowl of pro wrestling, the granddaddy of them all, the showcase of the immortals: WrestleMania 29. As the world knows, this week has presented us the WrestleMania press week for the WWE leading into the show on Sunday. Not only has WWE All Access been an experience unlike anything ever seen, but it’s the other media events hosted by the WWE that is generating the loudest buzz.
This week, one half of the competitors in the headlining main event, WWE Champion The Rock was a part of the press conference speaking with media about his experience and overall outlook regarding his WWE Championship match against John Cena. However, according to Joseph Stefan (KVAL TV) who interviewed The Rock, the choice of wording that he used was quite interesting. It was almost as if he is giving the epilogue to this run in the WWE.
If I can come in and help elevate the company, go into Met Life Stadium as Champion and then…be honored to do the honors sorta speak, means a lot to me. Those guys are on the road nightly. John (Cena) does this every night. I know how it is, I lived it. I have so much respect for all of those guys.
I could be reading into this much deeper than I should, but saying phrases like “be honored to do the honors” sounds very much like “passing the torch”. In pro wrestling, there is what is called “the time honored tradition”. This is when you are putting over the talent to indicate that they have taken your spot and moving forward with the future of the business. Those words said by The Rock truly reflect that theory. However, listening to his words and taking in his delivery is a world of a difference from his bravado last year.
This year seems very different in terms of what we are getting from The Rock. No question at all that the match should be incredible and will arguably be the show stopper of the night. However, you have to wonder if that last statement by The Rock was not only indicating the proverbial torch being passed, but the end of his road in wrestling.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports