It was a stellar episode of Monday Night Raw as The Rock and CM Punk faced each other in the ring. But for all the greatness The Rock bought, he made one thing clear: without the WWE he’d be forgotten.
The Rock doing what he does best on Monday Night RAW
Have you ever questioned why The Rock continues to come back to WWE every now and then, often enough to be fresh in the memory but not often enough to be a true part of the show? It isn’t because he loves the WWE nor because he loves the WWE fans (congratulations to anyone with their head deep enough in fairytale land to believe that tripe, by the way). No, it’s because without the WWE, the jabroni beating, pie eating, highflying, electrifying, elbow droppin, spine poppin, eyebrow raising, peoples champ would be FORGOTTEN.
Why would he be forgotten? Simple. Because for all his entertaining and all his raising boots up asses, The Rock has one weakness: he cannot act to save his life.
The Rock Acting in GI Joe
The Rock’s segment with CM Punk made his terrible acting skills more than apparent. Sure, he entertained and yes, he is a brilliant entertainer. He is one of the most charismatic men on the planet and one of the greatest wrestlers to ever walk god’s green earth. But acting is a different beast.
The art of acting demands sincerity. It demands genuine emotion. It demands artistry. Acting is not entertaining. Acting is realistically adopting the life of a character. And The Rock cannot do that.
In many ways, The Rock ruins his own acting. The problem is that his character is so loud, so bright, so over the top that the moment he needs to show a more genuine side he falls to pieces.
The Rock simply isn’t an actor. He’s an entertainer. In fact, possibly the best word to describe The Rock is as a host. He hosts the entertainment. He hosts The People, for which he is loved by the people. His best skills is free-styling in the ring, letting his natural personality come oozing out. That’s what made him who he is today, but it doesn’t work for him in movies.
In the overly controlled world of the movies, there are no times when The Rock can really let himself go. He’s either being directed or he’s being interviewed in highly controlled PR events. None of that affords The Rock to show his true skill.
It’s only in The WWE that The Rock can show himself off at his best. It’s only in the WWE that The Rock can remind us all of why he is who he is. No matter how much The Rock might want to take Hollywood by storm, the fact of the matter is that he’s an entertainer and a wrestler, not an actor.