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Is the Rock the New David Arquette?
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Jan. 31, 2013 5:16 p.m.

David Arquette wins gold
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Chad Smart
@chadsmart & @my123cents on Twitter
Iím guessing a lot of
wrestling fans wonít agree with the title of this blog but I think there may be
some truth in saying The Rock winning the WWE title was akin to David Arquette
winning the WCW title. I hadnít thought about it until I saw a comment on a message
board. Since then Iím been mulling this concept around trying to figure out how
to properly present this hypothesis.
The first reaction to refute
this claim would be to point out The Rock was a professional wrestler and had a
successful seven year WWE career before heading off to the greener pastures of
Hollywood. In those seven years, Rocky was a 10-time World Champion as well as
multi-time Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion. This is all true but it was
also ten years ago. <>
In the last nine years, The
Rock has five times as many movies under his belt as he does wrestling matches
(15-3). The current WWE target
audience probably knows Dwayne Johnson as the Tooth Fairy more than they know
him as The Rock. So in that regard, I think a comparison between The Rock and
David Arquette is justifiable. <>
The Rock wins gold too
Photo courtesy: WWE
When you consider The Rock
is currently known more for being an actor instead of a wrestler then you can
look at the similarities between his title win and Arquetteís win. Both wins
were done, at least according to my theory, as a way to garner mainstream
publicity. Neither win was the right decision when it comes to the story being
told in the ring. If the Rock loses the WWE Title to John Cena (a nine time WWE
Champion) at Wrestlemania 29 as many speculate will happen, then The Rock will
merely be a transitional champion to get WWE back to the status quo of having
John Cena on top. <>
Again, I realize The Rock
was a successful wrestler. I do not want to take away from his accomplishments
or imply he doesnít have the talent to be WWE Champion. All Iím saying is WWE
took an actor and put their most prestigious title around his waist as a way of
getting the mainstream media to promote WWE for a couple of months. WCW put
their prestigious title on an actor in hopes of getting people to talk about
WCW. While the persons may be different, the actions are the same. <>
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