Just got done watching Smackdown, and man, just one week and two shows into this year's Rocky return have already destroyed everything from his previous stint. Almost everyone was waxing lyrical in the Raw thread about how awesome the first Rock/Punk confrontation was, and rightfully so. Even so, I don't particularly remember the Rock who came out to the ring and cut long-winded promos trying to hype up a match beyond belief saying the same thing over and over again - and while I understand why that was necessary last year with limited appearances and the nature of the Rock/Cena feud - it's not the Rock that I want to see. But the real Rock came out to play on Smackdown. This is the Rock I remember watching as a 12 year old new to wrestling, instantly captured by his charisma and flat out thinking that he was the coolest and funniest guy in the world.
Rocky on Smackdown was that guy again. His segment, quite quickly interrupted by Rhodes Scholars, was just fantastic. It was well written, well performed, comedic, and fun. It's so great to see him interacting with other superstars like Rhodes and Sandow this time around, it's like he's actually apart of the WWE again rather than some tacked on special attraction who can't be touched/interrupted. It's also so great to see him be the guy that I remember, super funny, quick witted, and loaded with killer putdowns (rather than forced insults or catchphrases to trend on twitter). Cody and Sandow were excellent value in this segment too, to their credit, and they were an excellent foil for Rocky.
It's hard to believe that we'd gotten to a situation where people were actually criticising The Rock, more people apparently not wanting him to be around than those that did - given that prior to WM27 everyone was falling over themselves for his return. But that's because we weren't really getting the real Rock. But I think we are now, and him going to be around permanently for the rest of the month is going to be a real blast. I hope you all enjoy this segment as much as I did.