VIP Exclusive Features KELLER'S WWE RAW REPORT 11/14: The Rock returns to live TV while Ross finally sees what Cole's Challenge is
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By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor
KELLER'S WWE RAW REOPRT
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
LIVE FROM BOSTON, MASS.
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
[Q1 - Hour One]
-Jerry Lawler introduced the show as the camera panned the crowd. He touted a sellout crowd of over 15,000 in the arena. Then an image of The Rock covered half the screen as Lawler plugged his appearance tonight headed into the Survivor Series.
-Michael Cole then ran out to the ring with a big smile. He bowed to the booing fans after entering the ring, then asked for their attention. He said finally Jim Ross has shown some guts and is in Boston ready to accept his challenge. He called Jim Ross "the closest thing WWE has to a cartoon float." He said there are three challenges, if Jim Ross wins all three, he will quit and Ross gets his job back.
(WK Reax: Isn't the obvious question here "Who gave Michael Cole the authority to put at stake the lead announce job on Raw? Wouldn't it be in the best interest of WWE to simply have the most qualified person assigned to that task, rather than putting it up for grabs in a silly contest?)
Cole pulled a black covering off an arm wrestling table. He said that was the first challenge. He told the ref to get into the ring to prevent "this fat tub of goo" from cheating. Cole turned up the obnoxiousness to "11" and said, "Let's have a slobberknocker." After finally locking up, Ross won instantly. Cole said he gave up because his BBQ breath smelled like spoiled meat and he was about to pass out.
Cole said it doesn't matter because he's ready to move on to the next challenge. Cole complained about the truck airing a replay twice. He said he is so confident in his ability to win that he's going to allow the WWE Universe - "all of you who despise me so much" - to actually vote on the winner of this competition. He said part two is a dance competition. Ross looked deflated. Cole then danced obnoxiously, but likely showed a lot more rhythm than we'd expect from Ross. Lawler said it looked like he was having a seizure. When he finished, the crowd booed. Cole asked Ross if he forfeits. Ross asked the crowd for help. "Play my music!" he said. Ross then danced like Blue Meanie used to. The crowd loudly applauded his gyrations. "J.R.! J.R.!" rang out from the audience. Cole said Ross impressed him. "Too bad the Fat Boys broke up or you'd have a job for life," he said. Cole threw it to the crowd who booed him and cheered J.R.
Cole then revealed the final competition was: Who weighs less? Cole unveiled a scale and volunteered to go first. It was set to KGs at first, so he hit a button and set it to pounds. It came to 200 pounds. Or as Cole called it, "200 hot pounds." Cole said Ross likes to brag on Twitter about losing weight, so now he can try. Ross stood on it and it came up at 239 pounds. Cole lost. Ross didn't sell it at all. As he walked away and put his jacket on, C.M. Punk's music played.
Punk walked out with a mic in hand. Cole complained, saying this is his show and his challenge and he has no business being out there. Punk said Cole's time is up. He said once it became painfully obvious he wasn't going to give Ross a legitimate shot at getting his job back, this became a colossal waste of time "other than J.R. dancing; that was awesome." Lawler said Cole was trending on Twitter right now. Punk said Ross may weigh more than him, but he's also a better announcer. He said his 15 minutes of fame is up. He told him he had his WrestleMania Moment, and now he wants him gone. He said between Cole, Alberto Del Rio, and John Laurinaitis, everyone wants to fast forward the DVR. He said it's a three-hour show, but it already feels like he's been out there for six hours. He said he wants the show to be entertaining and interesting, and he will make that happen when he's WWE Champion. He said he will compete ten times, do commentary, referee, ring announce, hold a camera, and do whatever it takes to make the show as good as it can be and take the spotlight off his worthless spray tan untalented self.
Laurinaitis interrupted. "Speaking of untalented," said Punk. Laurinaitis said he's disappointed because, according to Twitter page with 38,000 followers, they wanted to see the competition and not see it broken up, whatever that means. Punk said, "Oh yeah, screw you and your 38,000 Twitter followers." Laurinaitis said he cares about his Twitter followers like he does the WWE Universe." He said six days before Punk competes for the WWE Title, he will team up with The Big Show against Mark Henry & Alberto Del Rio. Cole said apparently the pipe bomb blew up in Punk's face. Cole demanded Punk apologize to him for all the hurtful things he just said. Punk instead knocked Cole down and applied the Anaconda Vice. Lawler said Cole tapped out like a little girl.
(WK Reax: I suppose the argument could be made all of the heel heat Cole got for picking on Ross led to Punk getting a satisfying moment for his fans making Cole suffer afterward. But now WWE needs fans to respect Cole enough to listen to him for the next two-and-a-half hours try to sell them a PPV.)
-Matt Striker looked like a little kid on Christmas morning, smily widely as he introduced the return to Raw of "arguably one of the greatest Superstars in WWE history." He said it's been trending all day on Twitter, and he's about to address the WWE Universe on Raw. Out of a limo walked Mick Foley. He said he wouldn't miss The Rock's return to Raw for anything.
(WK Reax: Striker said "arguably one of the greatest." Why add "arguably" other than to be wordy. Isn't Foley pretty clearly among the loosely defined "greatest ever" pool of Superstars in WWE history? They've already used up their quota of Twitter references.) [c]
-Clips aired of Randy Orton beating Cody Rhodes on Smackdown "two weeks ago."
-Jim Ross joined Jerry Lawler at ringside. Lawler said Cole is still hurting from the Anaconda Vice. Ross said he saw an open chair and thought he'd fill in for a little while.
(WK Reax: Gee, maybe Ross can suck enough that he'll be considered to replace Cole since being way, way better than Cole hasn't helped his cause during his past stints in that chair. I think if he talks a lot about Twitter and undercuts every heels' attempt to get any heat, while ignoring the upcoming PPV, he can get Vince McMahon to take a second look at him.)
-A soundbite aired with Cody Rhodes during his ring entrance. He said Orton didn't emasculate him, he emancipated him two weeks ago.
1 -- SIN CARA & KOFI KINGSTON vs. CODY RHODES & HUNICO
Cara got off to a fast start against Hunico with some nice flashy high-flying moves. Then he tagged in Kofi as Lawler said he can't keep up with calling the action. Kingston and Cara leaped off of opposite top turnbuckles onto the heel due below. They cut to a very early break.
Lawler said Foley is trending on Twitter. He then explained what that means.
(WK Reax: If you have to explain to your audience, why spend so much valuable TV time bragging about it. They've mentioned Rock twice and Twitter 12 times so far. Who knew, that when the history books are written on the downfall of WWE and the entire pro wrestling industry, it'd be an infatuation with Twitter and social media that would do them in. They survived sex scandals, steroid scandals, prescription drug deaths, the XFL debacle, IcoPro, the Lex Express, The Heidenreich and Kenzo Suzuki era after WCW went under, and the Buff Bagwell vs. Booker T Raw main event, but all the attention paid to Twitter at the expense of promoting their struggling PPV business would be what did them in.)
Late in the match Kingston got a hot-tag and went to work on Rhodes, but a distraction from Hunico did him in, as Cody gave him his Crossroads for the win.
WINNERS: Rhodes & Hunico in 7:00.
-They showed The Rock backstage. He was wearing the "Team Bring It" t-shirt, the best catch-phrase for a babyface star since "The Chain Gang."
(WK Reax: Yes, but what about Twitter?!? Is Cody Rhodes trending or not?)
-They showed Santino playing a WWE videogame backstage. Zack Ryder walked up and asked Santino to sign his online petition so he could get a U.S. Title match. Zack added that his man John Cena would beat The Rock. Santino took Rock's side and said "It doesn't matter…" Santino then signed the petition for Zack after all, typing into his phone.
-Ross and Lawler hyped the "WWE '12" videogame.
-Vickie Guerrero interrupted the videogame plug. She said she is sorry to report that Christian suffered an injury on Friday and is now out of Survivor Series. She said she has spoken to Laurinaitis and has an announcement. Dolph Ziggler said he has now been added to Team Barrett. He said it's funny it's called Team Barrett because it should be renamed after him. He said first things first, he's going to be facing Mason Ryan later, who will get a taste of what he has in store for him at Survivor Series. He headed to the ring. [c]
-Laurinaitis escorted Cole to the ring and ordered Ross to get out of the chair. Ross asked, "Are you sure you want to do this?" Ross offered to shake Cole's hand, but Cole wouldn't, so Ross patted his shoulder. Cole yelled, "I'm going to sue you!"
2 -- MASON RYAN vs. DOLPH ZIGGLER (w/Vickie Guerrero)
They locked up. Mason overpowered him. Ziggler punched him in the jaw. Mason no-sold it and chased Ziggler as he tried to bail out. Ziggler took some of his great bumps, making Mason looked like a million dollars. Mason then pressed him in the air a few times, then dropped him. Mason walked over to Vickie as she yelled at him on the ring apron. She slapped him. The ref DQ'd Ziggler.
WINNER: Mason Ryan in 1:00 via DQ.
(WK Reax: That is the lamest DQ in years. Really, a Vickie slap counts as creating an advantage for her man worth DQing Ryan over?)
-Afterward, John Morrison ran out and threw Ziggler back into the ring. Mason gave him the full nelson slam.
-Ryder asked Foley to sign his petition for a U.S. Title shot. He then taught him his catch phrases. Lawler said Foley was up next. [c]
-Foley made his ring entrance.
[Q5 - Hour Two]
-Foley said Sunday at Survivor Series would feature an epic teaming of Rock & Cena. He said they say it's one time only, but he hopes maybe they can do it again and form the Rock & Cena Connection. He said Rock is one of his best friends, and Cena is his tag partner. The crowd booed. He said respects everyone's right to their own opinion, but he wants people to see Cena as "one of the greatest performers in WWE history." A mix of cheers and boos. He said, "That's okay." He then said he wants to fix things and make things right. He introduced John Cena. Cena came out and shook Foley's hand. He said he respects what he's trying to do, but he doesn't need to be friends with Rock to team with him. He said he's teaming with him because he's fantastic and electrifying. Foley in 2006 he watched and saw his matches and how he interacted with people backstage. He said he wrote him a letter by hand saying he appreciated that he treated everyone backstage with respect, and that makes him a hell of a man in his book. He said he got himself in trouble on Twitter when he asked people to show more appreciation for the great matches Cena has had in WWE. He said it was a firestorm of controversy that he came to his defense like that.
He said he would like to be the thread that brings and Rock together. He then introduced "John Cena, this is your life!" Cena said he doesn't think this is a good idea because he's seen it before. A video tribute aired anyway. It showed him as a baby and the city sign of West Newbury, Mass. A (hopefully intensionally) sappy song played in the background with lyrics like "Peace is in Your Soul" and "It took me so long to find you, I never want to let you go, but every night that I'm with you, I'm awake" and "In my dreams, you're always in my dreams." Cena asked Foley what song he used as he broke into laughter. Foley then brought out his little league coach from West Newbury, Mass. His coach ran out in a warm-up outfit. Lawler said he's loving this and he asked Cole to smile.
The coach said it was the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded with two outs, and all he needed a base hit and John struck out. Cena said he struck out looking; he didn't even swing. The coach said he told Johnny that striking out would make him a better man, but that didn't stop Johnny from crying his eyes out. Foley said everyone strikes out once in a while. Cena said he's striking out with this whole thing right now. Foley then brought out his old rap partner, B-Squared. A clip aired of Cena in January 2003 rapping on Smackdown. Live in the ring Cena hung his head in embarrassment. He said, "Wonderful, so wonderful." Bull Buchanan then walked out. Cena said, "He's actually here?" Buchanan walked out. Cena said, "This outta be fantastic." Lawler said Cena is obviously embarrassed by all of this.
Buchanan said they broke up, but all great tag teams do eventually. He said Cena has moved on to be the greatest Superstar of all time, whereas he got fired. "I didn't see that coming," he said. He added that his "old lady" left, then he lost all of his money in a Ponzi scheme. And to top it all off, his dog Lyle bit him and he got rabies, which finished his career. He said, "What I'm trying to say is, John, is you ruined my life. Thanks a lot." Cena said, "Finally, something worse than the Shockmaster." Foley said he has someone who truly loves him. Brother Love! Nope. His father, Johnny Fabulous in character, a/k/a John Cena Sr. Lawler said that actually is John Cena's father. Cole said some people think he's over the top and a moron.
Cena Sr. said he'd like to say something to the WWE Universe, especially those testosterone jacked up apes out there who keep chanting "Cena sucks!" That started the chants. Cena couldn't have been more embarrassed at this point. Cena Sr. is a beard-free Steve Wozniak. He asked the guys not to boo him because he works so hard. Cena pulled the mic away and said he loves him, but this is awful and not the time for it.
Cena said he has never asked anyone how to feel about him or react to him. He said all of that isn't his life, his life is him standing in the ring. He said he's going to save Foley from extending this wrestling tragedy right up there with the Gobbledy Gooker. Foley admitted this hasn't gone well so far, but he's going to salvage it. He said he's a little displeased with the fans who are treating him with disrespect. Foley said he has five more people backstage waiting to come out, but he'd bring out the best first. Then out marched The Rock to his music. The Rock immediately gave Foley a Rock Bottom when Foley reached out for a hug. Then he marched right back to the back. Cena bent over to check on Foley with a smile on his face (because there's nothing funnier than being Rock Bottomed, a finishing move in pro wrestling).
-Lawler and Cole plugged upcoming matches. [c]
-WWE Fact: Most Twitter followers in WWE - Rock with 1.4 million, Cena with 1 million.
3 -- SHEAMUS vs. JACK SWAGGER (w/Vickie Guerrero)
Everyone took a deep breath from the previous segment as Vickie yelled for two minutes before they cut to a break early in the match. [c]
Sheamus was in control after the break. At 8:00 Sheamus powered out of an anklelock attempt by Swagger, then came back with an Irish Curse backbreaker. He played to the crowd by pounding his chest, then gave Swaggera big boot to the face for the win. Vickie screeched in protest at ringside.
WINNER: Sheamus in 9:00.
-The Bella Twins, who were signing Ryder's petition, approached Del Rio backstage. They flirted with him and said they don't agree with anything Punk has said about him. They offered to hang out with him after Survivor Series. Ryder invited them to party with him, and he invited Del Rio too. Del Rio brushed him off. The Bellas groaned and walked away. [c]
-A video aired of Kelly Kelly's photo shoot for Maxim.
4 -- NATALYA (w/Beth Phoenix) vs. KELLY KELLY (w/Eve Mendenz, Alicia Fox)
Kelly won with a small package as a counter to an early Sharpshooter attempt. The video lasted a lot longer than the match.
WINNER: Kelly in under 1:00. [c]
-A commercial aired for Smackdown hyping Orton & Sheamus vs. Barrett & Rhodes. An actual match was advertised.
-Backstage John Laurinaitis told Brodus Clay he wants his debut to big, but not overshadowed by The Rock. He proposed that next week they do it big. In walked Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. Laurinaitis told Del Rio that he's impartial and doesn't care who wins next Sunday, but lately Punk has been showing up Del Rio and making him look foolish, and if he were to win the WWE Title, he could cause a lot more trouble for WWE. Del Rio said that won't happen; he said he doesn't think he'll even make it to Survivor Series. He said he'll be a champion for a long, long time, even longer than Laurinaitis is the G.M.
-Cole at ringside clutched his sore arm in a sling and said he's going to be rooting for Del Rio on Sunday as a result of what Punk did to him earlier. Cole and Lawler hyped the Survivor Series line-up. Striker asked Miz and Truth if they felt disrespect by all the attention being paid to Cena and Rock. Neither answered. They just stared at him.
(WK Reax: Since when is Striker a foot shorter than Miz and Truth?)
-Backstage Del RIo attacked Punk and threw him into a truck backstage, then pounded on him. Two referees tried to pull him away. Somehow one of the succeeded and Del Rio left as Punk writhed in pain on the floor. [c]
-WWE Fact: Most Facebook followers in WWE - Cena with 9.1 million, Rock with 4.4 million.
[Q9 - Hour Three]
5 -- ALBERTO DEL RIO & MARK HENRY vs. C.M. PUNK & THE BIG SHOW
Ricardo handled the ring intros for Del Rio. They showed a picture of Del Rio on the cover of Hombre magazine. Punk clutched his injured shoulder on his way to the ring. Show and Henry locked up at the beginning in a mid-ring test of strength. Show fell backward as he tried to slam Henry leading to a two count. Show made a comeback at 5:00, so Henry bailed out to ringside to avoid the Weapon of Mass Destruction and they cut to a break. [c]
After the break, Del Rio and Punk were battling it out. Both went down. Del Rio tagged in Henry before Punk could reach over to Show. Henry then beat up punk. Del Rio tagged in and eventually settled into an armbar at 10:00. Punk fought free and executed a neckbreaker, then gave a charging Henry a roundkick to the head. Show also entered and knocked Henry down. The ref escorted Show out of the ring. punk flew at Del Rio, but Henry shoved Del Rio out of the way and then caught Punk mid-air and gave him the World's Strongest Slam. Show charged at Henry and knocked him to the floor. Henry threw Show into the ringpost. Del Rio, meanwhile, crawled over and covered Punk and got the three count.
WINNER: Del Rio & Henry in 12:00.
-After the match Del Rio put Punk in the Cross Armbreaker. Punk yelled in agony. Show made the save, so Del Rio and Ricardo retreated.
-After airing a clip of Rock's cameo in the ring earlier giving Foley a Rock Bottom, Lawler hyped the Rock would be on the show later.
-Santino Marella made his full ring entrance. He said he would have won the Royal Rumble in Boston if it weren't for Del Rio. He said Boston has their markets, terriers, tea parties, and cream sandwiches, but they'll also forever be known as the town where Santino put his career back on the tracks. He vowed that next time he's in Boston, he'll be champion. Kevin Nash walked out. Santino grew pale. Nash walked up to him. Santino asked him not to beat him to try to prove something. Nash said he's one of his biggest fans and wouldn't think of it. Nash just said his talk about the Rumble brought back some fond memories. He asked Santino to show him the trombone. Santino did, then Nash gave him a big boot to the face. Nash said he was in the Royal Rumble and blew the roof off this arena. He said he got the biggest ovation of the night. He said then his good buddy Triple H didn't have the business sense to hire him. "I'm here, and you're not," he said. Then he dropped the mic. Cole said he has a good point. Nash then gave Santino a Jackknife and walked to the back.
-Orton was shown in the back doing push-ups. Cole plugged his match against Wade Barrett was up next. [c]
-Cole announced that Jonah Hill guest stars on Raw next week. His weight loss is amazing.
-A clip aired of Barrett poking Orton in the eye leading to his win on Smackdown last Friday. Cole talked about how smart Barrett was. He called it perhaps the biggest win of Barrett's career.
-Barrett walked to the ring with his Survivor Series tag partners, Rhodes, Swagger, Ziggler, and Hunico. He said he proved last week he is better than Orton. He said he will now lead by example and de-venomize The Viper.
-Orton's ring entrance took place. [c]
6 -- RANDY ORTON vs. WADE BARRETT
As Barrett settled into a chinlock, Cole reminisced about Survivor Series, specifically Undertaker's debut as part of the Million Dollar Team in 1993. Cole said Rock will be on Raw in a matter of minutes. When Orton made his comeback at 4:00, the rest of Team Barrett entered the ring. The rest of Team Orton charged in and a big brawl broke out. Team Orton cleared the ring of the heels, setting up a real need to see them get revenge at Survivor Series?
WINNER: Orton via DQ in 4:00.
(WK Reax: What's left to prove now? The babyfaces destroyed Team Barrett. What's the point of the match at Survivor Series when the faces already proved how dominant they are? This is not how pro wrestling's successful promoters ever approached booking in past decades.) [c]
-Justin Roberts asked the crowd to please welcome (dramatic long pause so "Rocky! Rocky!" chants could start, although they never got going)… "The Rock!" The Rock came out, looking jacked up and near 40, with a sprinkle of gray in his beard (which is all the rage these days, I hear). He milked the moment as a Rocky chant started and faded. He broke into a smile, then waited as another Rocky chant began. He said at 3:15 a.m. today he woke up and by 3:30 a.m. he was eating breakfast, "not a Fruity Pebble in sight." He said by 3:45 a.m. he was sending out his morning Tweet to the Million and Millions. By 4:30 a.m. he was in the gym training like a beast. By 6 a.m. he was on set in New Orleans, La. driving a 15 ton tank all afternoon. He said he couldn't wait to be there in Boston. He got on a flight by 3 o'clock, then arrived at 6:45 at Logan Airport. By 7 p.m. security told him he's a "wicked pissah!" He thanked them and said he had great aim. He talked about driving past his favorite restaurant and didn't stop until he got to this very moment on Nov. 14, 2011 so he could have the right and privilege to say this very thing: "Finally, The Rock has come back to Boston."
(WK Reax: Good start for a very tired Rock.)
He said in six days at Survivor Series, the 25th Anniversary, it'll be the biggest of them all. He said that's in six days and it's not right now. He said, "Right now drives The Rock." He said he loves Mick Foley, but there was no way in hell he could stand back there any longer as he served that hot plate of steaming hot garbage to the fans all night long. He said Rock is the Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment and now he's become the Most Electrifying Man in Twitter-tainment. He said when he talks on Twitter, things trend worldwide. He said when Rock says "Boots to Asses," he overtakes all else - even if Big Foot became President -
and it's trending right now." Was it? He paused as another "Rocky! Rocky!" chant broke out. Then the fans chanted "Boots to Asses." Rock smiled and wiped sweat from his brow.
He said he's not waiting six days because he wants to deliver an awesome ass whipping to Awesome Truth right now. Out walked Miz and Truth. Lawler told Rock to be careful what he wishes for. Miz asked if that's really really what Rock wants. Truth said he won't do anything to them, and anytime they're on Raw, Raw gets awesome. Miz aid they don't care what happened in his day. Miz said what matters is they'll be leaving him a quivering beaten mess. Truth said they could do that right now, as a matter of fact. Miz said that won't happen, though, because they don't care what Rock wants or The People want. "It's all about what we want," he said. "And what we want is to make history at the biggest Survivor Series of all time," Miz said. "So tonight Raw gets Rocked." He said on Sunday, "Rock gets beat." The crowd chanted "Boots to Asses." As Miz and Truth began to leave, Cena's music played. As Cena walked to the ring, Lawler said things were about to get more interesting.
[Q13 - Overrun]
Miz and Truth held position in the ring. Cena stood next to Rock opposite of the heel duo. Cena asked Miz if he was wearing make-up. Miz mock-laughed. Cena said everyone should excuse how excited his partner is because all he's brought as Captain of Team Bring It the last seven years are a bunch of crappy messages via satellite. The crowd oohed as Rock stared off into the crowd. Another soft Rocky chant almost started, then instantly faded. Rock said everyone should excuse his partner "because he's not used to getting support from somebody who's already reached puberty." He said his partner is worried about Rising Above the Hate, but what he should be worried about is Rock's size 15 boot rising up and kicking him in his lady parts. Rock said "Cena's Lady Parts" are now trending worldwide. The fans briefly chanted "Lady Parts."
Cena said what his partner doesn't understand is that despite his fascination with Twitter and his fictional Man-gina, Sunday they have to be a team. He said if his partner's ego gets in the way of the team, "John Cena bitch-slapped Rocky" is going to be trending worldwide. Miz interrupted, his arms shaking. He said he's sick of this "excuse my partner" stuff. He said he is sick of the Rock/Cena show trying to make them an afterthought. He said the last time that happened, he walked out with the WWE Title. He said when they're done with Rock & Cena, it will never be forgotten. Truth said Little Johnny and Little Rocky want to go back and forth for all of the Little Jimmys. "Have a blast, we will see you on Sunday," he said. The fans again chanted "Boots to Asses." Rock said they will see them on Sunday, but as the fans are saying, "right here, right now, boots to asses." Cena and Rock tackled Miz and Truth. Rock gave Truth a Rock Bottom. Cena lifted Miz, but Rock snatched him away and gave him a Rock Bottom. Rock then left as Cena stood in center ring. Rock waved his hand in front of his face as Cena looked on. Cole said they'd be on the same team Sunday, but can they coexist.
(WK Reax: Rock seemed right at home and in his element, despite apparently quite a long, exhausting day. Cena seemed to be in good spirits, and why shouldn't he be, as he's in a program with The Rock, something laughable when he first began calling out Rock a few years ago. Miz and Truth shared the spotlight with Rock, which for WrestleMania hype was supposed to be a good thing compared to most alternatives, but now it's time for them to get some credibility and not just be the Washington Generals. As good as Rock and Cena were, Miz & Truth were again the Washington Generals, spewing a few empty comebacks before taking bumps and being manhandled. So Survivor Series's success rests on whether fans watching this felt like Rock is a big enough star to be must-see on a PPV, and whether the question of Cena and Rock getting along or not is a selling point on top of that. I'm not sure of the answer to that.)
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